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Women’s Basketball Upset by Niagara 64-53
Holmes nets game-high 24 points
December 9, 2011Tweet
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y.—- Kayla Stroman finished with 19 points while Lauren Gatto added 12 points, leading Niagara (3-6) to a 64-53 upset over Binghamton (5-4) in a non-conference women’s basketball game on Saturday afternoon at the Gallagher Center. The setback snaps the Bearcats’ three-game road winning games.
The Bearcats were undone by 20 turnovers, which the Purple Eagles converted into 26 points. Niagara also outscored Binghamton 17-9 in second-chance points and allowed just four three-point attempts during the game.
“Give Niagara credit,” head coach Nicole Scholl said. “They were hungry for a win. We did not come out ready to play today and got into a big hole in the first half.”
The loss overshadowed a season-high 24 point performance by senior point guard Andrea Holmes. She sank 11 of 18 field goal attempts en route to the 15th 20-point game of her career.
Niagara broke the game open with a 10-0 run in a span of 4:30 to take a 22-13 lead with 5:24 left in the first half. Stroman had four of her points during that stretch. From there, the Purple Eagles took a 30-22 lead at the break.
Things got no better for the Bearcats early in the second half. A 6-0 blitz in just 48 seconds gave Niagara a 39-22 lead with 16:20 left in regulation. The Bearcats committed a pair of turnovers during that stretch, which was capped by a Stroman layup.
Sophomore guard Jasbriell Swain, who finished with 13 points, pulled Binghamton to within 58-50 with a three-point play at the 2:56 mark. Niagara iced the game with four points in the ensuing 23 seconds.
Binghamton returns home to face Rider next Saturday at 2 p.m.
NOTES: Holmes now has 1,222 career points, which continues to rank eighth all time in program history. Karen McClelland (1996-00) is seventh with 1,227 points and Alicia Brennan is sixth with 1,229 points ... senior forward Viive Rebane, who finished with nine points, currently has 973 points. She needs 27 points to become the 14th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point mark. Holmes reached that milestone last Jan. 23 at Vermont.