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Women’s Basketball Falls to Hartford 63-41

Visiting Hawks shoot 47 percent in sending Bearcats to third straight conference setback

January 13, 2012

Women’s Basketball Falls to Hartford 63-41

Box Score

VESTAL, N.Y.—Nikkia Smith posted a game-high 16 points and added eight rebounds, leading defending conference champion Hartford (10-8, 1-4 AE) to a 63-41 win over Binghamton (8-10, 2-3 AE) in an America East women’s basketball game on Saturday at the Events Center. The loss was the third straight setback for the Bearcats.

Smith was one of three Hawk players to reach double figures in scoring.  Ruthanne Doherty finished with 12 points and Daphne Elliott added 11 point. Overall, Hartford shot 47 percent for the game and scored 19 points off of turnovers.

“It was a tough loss,” head coach Nicole Scholl said. “Obviously, Hartford played very well and we went through some spurts where we struggled to score.”

Binghamton senior forward Viive Rebane had to leave the game in the opening minutes when she took an elbow to the face. Her replacement, freshman forward Sherae Swinson finished with a career-high nine points and seven rebounds. She trailed only senior point guard Andrea Holmes, who netted a team-high 10 points to go along with eight rebounds.

Down 13-11, Hartford went on a 13-2 run in a span of 8:54 to go up 25-15 with 2:16 left before halftime. Cherelle Moore came off the bench to score six points during that run.

In the opening nine minutes of the second half, Hartford picked up where they left off, going on a 16-6 tear to take a commanding 47-24 lead. Douhrety had six of her points during that run.

The Hawks lead by as much as 58-31 with 5:03 remaining.

Binghamton hosts UMBC on Thursday at 7 p.m.

NOTES: Smith and Holmes were the America East Players of the Game.

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