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Women’s Basketball Rallies to Defeat UMass Lowell 65-64
Bearcats come from 17 points down for the win, Swinson scores 20 points
January 7, 2014Tweet
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LOWELL, Mass. – Junior forward Sherae Swinson scored a season-high 20 points and senior guard Vaneeshia Paulk added 14 points as Binghamton (4-11, 1-1 AE) rallied from 17 points down to defeat UMass Lowell (0-12, 0-2 AE) 65-64 in an America East Conference women’s basketball game on Tuesday night at the Costello Athletic Center. The game marked the first-ever Division I meeting between the Bearcats and River Hawks.
The 17-point deficit ties the largest comeback during the Bearcats’ Division I era. In the 2007 America East Tournament quarterfinals, Binghamton rallied from 29-12 down in first half to defeat Boston University 63-58 at the Events Center.
“I thought our team played with a lot of determination in the second half and we are happy to get the win,” head coach Nicole Scholl said. “Vaneeshia had a great game from start to finish and Sherae stepped up and had a great second half for us.”
Binghamton trailed 48-31 with 15:41 left in regulation. Up to that point, the host River Hawks had shot 54 percent from the field (20-of-37) and drained five three-point field goals.
From there, however, the Bearcats began to chip away at the deficit, pulling to within 52-41 with 9:41 left in regulation. Four straight points by the River Hawks padded their lead to 56-41 but the Bearcats responded with a 19-4 run to tie the game at 60-60 with 2:21 left in regulation.
Paulk gave the Bearcats a 63-62 lead when she made the first of two free throws with 1:07 left. At the other end of the floor, however, Jasmine McCroy put the host team up 64-63 with 37 seconds left.
Sophomore Morgan Murphy drove down the lane in traffic to make the game-winning layup with 20 seconds to go. The River Hawks were unsuccessful in their ensuing two trips down the floor.
Binghamton finished the game with 22 assists, which ties the program’s Division I era record. The Bearcats set the mark against Morehead State on Nov. 25, 2001 and previously tied it against Colgate on Dec. 19, 2005.
Senior guard Stephanie Jensen added nine points, four rebounds and a career-high six assists.
Lindsey Doucette led the River Hawks with a game-high 22 points and 14 rebounds.
Binghamton returns home on Saturday for a 2 p.m. game against Maine. It will be part of the Coaches vs. Cancer doubleheader, which also includes a 4:30 p.m. men’s game against the River Hawks.
NOTES: Swinson and Doucette were the America East Players of the Game .. Swinson now has three career games with at least 20 points, with her career high of 25 points coming against Vermont on Jan. 16, 2013.