Immediate Release: January 14, 2004
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Women's basketball tops Albany 70-60 in America East TV Game
VESTAL, N.Y.--Junior center Kristin Hibler (Hutchinson, Kan.) scored a career-high 19 points and Binghamton (7-4, 2-1 America East) defeated Albany (3-9, 0-3 AE) 70-60 Wednesday night in an America East TV game from West Gymnasium.
The Bearcats used a 21-7 run that began late in the first half to take a 48-34 lead midway through the second period. That lead slowly dwindled, as Binghamton missed seven of eight free throws in a five-minute span, but the Great Danes could not complete the comeback. After Albany closed to within 51-45 with 7:48 remaining, the Bearcats limited their visitors to just one field goal over the next 5:15, and led 60-50 with 3:01 remaining. BU rediscovered its stroke from the free throw line in the closing minutes, making 6-of-7 attempts in the final 4:52.
Hibler, who scored in the double figures for the third straight game, shot 7-of-13 from the field and converted 5-of-6 free throws. She scored 12 of her game-high total in the first half, when senior point guard Kate Townley (St. Paul, Minn.) took advantage of several open looks to feed Hibler for layups in the post. Townley totalled eight assists, pulled down five rebounds and managed three steals on the night.
Sophomore guard Jen Blues (Overland Park, Kan.) netted 15 points for Binghamton, and senior forward Leala Wegwerth (Roseville, Minn.) added 14 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Rachel Laws (Wyncote, Pa.) rounded out four players in double figures with a 13-point, four-assist effort.
Albany was led by junior forward Maree Jones (Albany, N.Y.), who connected on 6-of-10 shots and tallied 15 points for the game. Junior center Danielle Hutcheson (Phoenix, Ariz.) produced a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. The Great Danes were effective on the offensive boards, seizing 14 offensive rebounds and maintaining a 34-28 edge on the glass. Sophomore guard Jen Schumacher (Lisle, N.Y.) added 13 points for Albany.
In the first half, an 11-3 run by the Great Danes forged a 27-27 tie with 3:30 left in the period, but Albany missed its next 12 shots before connecting on a layup at the 16:36 mark of the second half. By that time, Binghamton had scored 12 straight points in the midst of the 21-7 run, and the Great Danes got no closer than six points the rest of the way.
Coming up on Saturday, the Bearcats will visit New Hampshire for an important conference showdown. Both teams enter the game with matching 2-1 records in conference play. Binghamton has won each of its two games at Lundholm Gymnasium over the past two seasons, and leads the series with New Hampshire 3-2. Tip-off for Saturday's game is set for 1 p.m.
NOTES: Hibler's previous career-high was 16 points, which she accomplished on three occasions, including this season against Maine ... the Bearcats have reached 70 points in back-to-back games for the first time since wins over Lafayette and Morehead State on Nov. 24-25, 2001 ... Rachel Laws reached double figures for the eighth straight game and 10th time this season ... the Bearcats five blocks were a season high ... Binghamton has won the last five meetings with Albany, as well as the last five games in the series played at West Gymnasium ... tonight's win gives BU a 16-15 edge in the all-time series.
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