Release: March 13, 2009
HARTFORD, Conn.--Junior guard Erica Carter netted a team-high 17 points, leading Binghamton to a 66-54 win over UMBC in the quarterfinal round of the America East Tournament on Friday afternoon at the Chase Family Arena. With the win, the Bearcats move on to the semifinals on Saturday at 4 p.m. It marks the third time in the past four seasons that the Bearcats have reached the second round.
"Today was a great win for our program," head coach Nicole Scholl said. "Our two freshmen played very well and we did a great job of rebounding."
Carter was one of three Bearcat players to reach double figures in scoring. Freshman point guard Andrea Holmes added 13 points to go along with six rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals. Freshman forward Viive Rebane chipped in 11 points, eight rebounds, two assists and also had two steals. Senior center Laura Franceski pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds.
Freshman forward Michelle Kurowski of UMBC poured in a game-high 23 points.
Binghamton held the Retrievers to a 28 percent field goal percentage for the game (14-of-50). The Bearcats, however, were called for 24 fouls and the Retrievers converted 25 of their 33 free throw attempts.
The Bearcats held the lead for the entire first half. Holmes nailed a three pointer at the buzzer to give Binghamton a 35-26 lead at the break.
In the second half, Franceski went 4-for-4 at the free throw line in the opening 1:04, putting Binghamton up 39-25. The Retrievers got no closer than eight points the rest of the way.
The 12-point margin of victory is the biggest for Binghamton in an America East Tournament game. The Bearcats also recorded 48 rebounds, their most ever in an conference tournament game.
NOTES: In her
last two America East Conference Tournament games, Carter has
averaged 15.5 points per contest
Binghamton is now 2-0
against UMBC in the conference tournament, having also won a
quarterfinal game in 2006
Binghamton is 11-4 this season
when it has scored at least 60 points.
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