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For Immediate Release: November 18, 2006
Contact: Joshua J. Darling (dobrian@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

Binghamton falls to Akron 55-44 in final game of Florida Atlantic Tip-Off Classic
Senior guard Lindgren named tournament's most valuable player

Box Score

BOCA RATON, FLA. -- Sophomore guard Niki McCoy led three players in double-figures with a game-high 14 points as Akron (1-1) defeated Binghamton (1-2) 55-44 in a non-conference women's basketball game at the Florida Atlantic Tip-Off Classic Saturday night. Binghamton goes 1-1 on the weekend.

After a back-and-forth affair through most of the first half, Akron took control of the game in the final minutes before the break. Leading 25-24 with 3:29 to play, the Zips extended their lead to nine points, 35-26, courtesy of a 10-2 run. During that span, McCoy posted eight of her 14 points, capped off by a three-pointer at the buzzer.

Binghamton rallied in the second half, pulling to within 50-44 with 5:32 remaining in the game, but would get no closer as Akron closed out the 11-point victory.

"It was a tale of two halves defensively" said head coach Rich Conover. "I thought we played poor defense in the first half. We looked better in the second, but Akron did a good job in holding us off."

In addition to McCoy's 14 points and game-high seven rebounds, Akron also got ten points each from freshman guard Sarah Tokodi and senior forward Jessie Crooks.

Senior guard Rebecka Lindgren (Oskarshamn, Sweden) paced the Bearcats as she posted her third straight double-figure game, finishing with a team-high 12 points while junior forward Brianna Thompson (Chehalis, Wash.) and junior guard Laura Sario (Espoo, Finland) each added nine points.

Binghamton returns home to face Fairleigh Dickinson on Wednesday at 3 p.m.

FAU Tip-Off Classic All Tournament Team
MVP: Rebecka Lindgren Binghamton

Mistoria Brown FAU
Franchesca Davenport Winthrop
Kathi Ryska Winthrop
Sarah Tokodi Akron

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