For Immediate Release: March 14, 2009
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Binghamton women's basketball loses 57-53 to Boston University in America East semfinals

Box score

HARTFORD, Conn.-- Senior guard Amarachi Umez-Eronini scored a game-high 23 points, leading top-seeded Boston (24-6) to a 57-53 win over No. 4 Binghamton (14-17) in an America East Conference quarterfinal game on Saturday afternoon at the Chase Family Arena. The Bearcats finish the season with their highest win total since the 2005-06 campaign while the Terriers advance to their third straight title game.

"Give Boston credit, they are a very strong team and found a way to win," head coach Nicole Scholl said. "Still, I am proud of the way our team hung with them and was able to overcome a rough start."

Umez-Eronini, the America East Defensive Player of the Year, broke a 49-49 tie by converting three of four free throws to put the Terriers up 52-49 with 1:39 left in regulation. After junior guard Erica Carter made one of two free throws for the Bearcats at the 1:20 mark, senior forward Jesyka Burks-Wiley sank a pair of free throws for Boston. That extended the lead to 54-50 with 57.8 seconds to play.

Burks-Wiley, the America East Player of the Year, finished with 14 points. Junior forward Aly Hinton added 11 points.

Freshman forward Viive Rebane finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds to record her second career double double. Junior guard Erica Carter added 11 points and eight rebounds while freshman point guard Andrea Holmes finished with nine points, eight rebounds and three assists.

Binghamton went on a 16-1 run in the final 5:41 of the first half to take a 23-22 lead at the break. Umez-Eronini, however, put the Terriers back in front with a basket 33 just seconds into the second half.

Up 33-30, Boston went on a 7-1 blitz in a span of of 2:42 to take a commanding 41-31 lead with 10:40 remaining. Binghamton, however, refused to go quietly. The Bearcats clawed back to take a 47-46 lead with 3:15 remaining.

NOTE: Rebane averaged 11.0 points and 9.5 rebounds in the two tournament games for Binghamton ... Holmes averaged 11.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists.

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