Immediate Release: February 11, 2004
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Bearcats fall to Albany in closing seconds of overtime, 60-57
ALBANY, N.Y.--Binghamton's shot at the buzzer hit off the top of the backboard, and the Bearcats (11-8, 6-5 America East) fell to host Albany (8-12, 5-6 AE) 60-57 in overtime at the Recreation and Convocation Center. The game was produced by the America East TV network and shown regionally by Empire Sports Network.
The Great Danes snapped a 55-55 tie on a jumper from Maree Jones' with 1:49 left in the extra period, and a pair of Danielle Hutcheson free throws with 18 seconds remaining extended the lead to four. Binghamton wasn't out of it just yet, however, as junior center Kristin Hibler (Hutchinson, Kan.) scored and was fouled with seven seconds left to cut the margin to 59-57. After missing a free throw that would have slimmed the deficit to one, the Bearcats sent Albany to the line. The Great Danes missed two of three free throws, and senior forward Leala Wegwerth (Maplewood, Minn.) pulled down the rebound to give Binghamton a final shot. However, a three-pointer launched from five feet beyond the arc was off the mark.
Hibler led Binghamton with 13 points. Wegwerth tallied 12 points and 10 rebounds to notch her second double-double of the season and third of her career. Sophomore guard Rachel Laws (Wyncote, Pa.) added her fifth double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 caroms, which tied her career high. She reached double figures for the 16th straight game and 18th time in 19 games this season. Binghamton outrebounded their hosts by a 46-35 margin.
Late in regulation, the Great Danes had a 50-43 lead with just over two minutes left, before the Bearcats rallied to force overtime. Binghamton ran off an 8-1 run in the final 2:05 of regulation. Wegwerth grabbed an offensive rebound with 11 seconds left and her putback layup tied the game. Albany had a shot fall short with six seconds showing, and a desperation attempt by BU at the buzzer was well short.
The loss extended BU's losing streak to four games, three of which have been on the road. Binghamton currently sits in fourth place in the 10-team conference, trailing third-place Hartford by one game and leading a trio of schools by one game. One of those is New Hampshire, which visits the Events Center at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
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