For Immediate Release: January 10, 2009
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Binghamton women's basketball beats Albany 67-63

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VESTAL, N.Y.-- Freshman forward Viive Rebane scored a career-high 16 points while senior center Laura Franceski had 14 points and 13 rebounds, leading Binghamton (6-9, 0-1 AE) to a 67-63 win over Albany (2-12, 0-1 AE). The victory is the Bearcats' second in their past three games.

The win overshadowed a career-high 33-point performance by Albany's Janea Aiken. It represents the most points ever scored by an opposing America East player against Binghamton.

"We knew Aiken was going to get her points but I thought our team did a great job rebounding and was able to respond well in the second half," head coach Nicole Scholl said. "Albany is definitely a better team that their record indicates."

Binghamton opened up a 12-0 lead early in the game as the Great Danes misfired on their first 15 attempts. Down the stretch, however, Albany converted 10 of 13 shots to deadlock the game at 28-28 at the half.

Aiken gave the Great Danes a 30-28 lead early in the second half but junior guard junior guard Erica Carter responded with a three-pointer, putting Binghamton went ahead to stay. From there, Binghamton slowly pulled away, with the back-breaking shot being a three-pointer freshman point guard Andrea Holmes. That basket made the score 59-48 with 1:51 remaining.

The Great Danes took advantage of three Binghamton misses as the free throw line to close to deficit to four points at the end of the game.

Carter finished with 11 points while sophomore guard Jackie Ward chipped in 10 points. Junior guard Darryll Peterson (Baltimore, Md.) posted 11 rebounds.

Binghamton outrebounded Albany 46-23.

Up next for Binghamton is a 4:30 p.m. game at Boston University on Wednesday.

NOTES: Franceski now has four career doubles. The 14 points was her season high ... Rebane has now reached double figures in scoring three times in the past four games ... the previous high for an America East Conference opponent against Binghamton came when Rachel Vanderwal of Boston scored 29 points on Feb. 15, 2006. Aiken's 33 points, meanwhile, also represents the most points scored in a women's basketball game in the five-year history of the Events Center.

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