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For Immediate Release: March 4, 2011
Contact: David O'Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

BU women's basketball holds off New Hampshire 67-53 in America East Quarterfinals
Bearcats face Boston University in semifinals on Sunday at 11 a.m.

Box Score

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 that year.

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.

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