Release: March 4, 2011
Contact: David O'Brian (email@example.com)
BU women's basketball holds off New Hampshire 67-53 in America
face Boston University in semifinals on Sunday at 11 a.m.
WEST HARTFORD, Conn.-- Junior forward Viive
Rebane finished with a game-high 20 points, leading third-seeded
Binghamton (19-11) to a 67-53 win over sixth-seeded New Hamsphire
(9-20) in an America East women's basketball quarterfinal game
on Friday afternoon at the Chase Family Arena. With the win,
the Bearcats advance to the semifinal round for the fourth time
in six seasons and will meet second-seeded Boston University
on Sunday at 11 a.m.
With 19 wins, Binghamton equals its highest win total since moving
up to the Division I level in 2001. The Bearcats finished 19-9
Rebane was one of four Binghamton players to reach double figures
in scoring. Freshman guard Jasbriell Swain
had 14 points and nine rebounds, sophomore forward Kara
Elofson scored 12 points and also added nine rebounds and
senior guard Jackie Ward added 11 points.
In addition, junior guard Orla O'Reilly
chipped in nine points, a game-high and career-high 10 rebounds
as well as a game-high and career high six steals.
"I am very happy four our program," head coach Nicole
Scholl said. "I thought we battled today, especially with
Andrea Holmes not in our lineup. New
Hampshire is a team that improved during the season and they
never quit against us today."
Rebane scored 10 of her points and Ward netted nine points in
the first half as the Bearcats took a 28-16 lead at the break.
From there, the Bearcats showed no signs of letting up for most
of the second half. A steal and a layup by O'Reilly gave them
a 53-32 lead with 8:50 remaining in regulation.
With stiffling pressure defense, however, the Wildcats refused
to go quietly. Forcing eight Binghamton turnovers in the ensuing
six minutes, New Hampshire trimmed the deficit to 56-50 with
3:20 left to go.
Following nearly two minutes of scoreless action, the Bearcats
got to the line and made 11 out of 12 free throws down the stretch
to ice the game.
Cari Reed led New Hampshire with 13 points.
Heading into Sunday's game, Binghamton and Boston have split
their previous two America East Tournament meetings. The Bearcats
came from 17 points down to defeat the Terriers 63-58 in the
2007 quarterfinals at the Events Center. Two years later, Boston
got even with a 57-53 win in the semifinal round.
NOTES: In the Binghamton area, Sunday's semifinal game
will be seen live on Time Warner Digital Cable Channel 1026 ...
O'Reilly's steal total against the Wildcats is the most by a
Binghamton player in an America East Tournament game, surpassing
the five that current Bearcat assistant coach Sarah Cartmill
recorded against New Hampshire in the 2002 quarterfinal round
... the 67 points is the third most recorded by Binghamton in
an America East Tournament game. The Bearcats scored 72 points
against UMBC in the 2006 quarterfinals and 66 against the same
team in the 2009 quarterfinals ... Rebane reached the 20-point
mark in an America East Tournament game for the first time. Her
previous high of 11 points had been recorded twice.