For Immediate Release: January 30, 2010
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Binghamton women's basketball holds off Albany 65-60

Box Score

VESTAL, N.Y.-- Senior guard Erica Carter scored a game-high 21 points and sophomore forward Viive Rebane finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds, leading Binghamton (8-13, 4-4 AE) to a 65-60 win over Albany (7-14, 0-8 AE) in an America East women's basketball game on Saturday afternoon at the Events Center. The win is the second straight conference triumph for the Bearcats.

Carter, who has now scored 20 or more points in three of the last four games, netted 13 points in the first half as the Bearcats jumped out to a 27-19 lead. Rebane, who now has six career double-doubles, had 15 points and six rebounds in the final 20 minutes as the Bearcats held off a late Albany surge.

With five three-point field goals against Albany, Carter now has 80 so far this season. That breaks the single-season record of 77 set by Bess Greenberg during the 2000-01 season.

"It's good for us to get back-to-back conference wins," head coach Nicole Scholl said. "I thought Erica and Viive both played great today and we didn't panic down the stretch."

The Bearcats were up 51-43 with 7:16 left in regulation but the Great Danes pulled to within 61-60 at the 1:13 mark. Melia Basavand drained three three-point shots during that stretch.

Junior guard Jackie Ward, who missed the previous game with an injury, extended the lead to 63-60 with 45 seconds left to play. Charity Iromuanya missed a layup at the other end and Carter grabbed the rebound and was fouled with 22 seconds to go. She made both free throws to ice the game.

Sophomore point guard Andrea Holmes added six points, seven rebounds, eight assists and a pair of steals.

Basavand had 12 points for Albany and Ebone Henry finished with a game-high 13 points.

Binghamton heads to Boston University on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. game.

NOTES: Rebane and Basavand were the America East Players of the Game ... Carter currently ranks 10th all time in program history with 1,062 career points and second with 204 career three pointers. She is 26 points away from tying Laura Sario (2004-08) for ninth place all time with 1,088 points and 12 three pointers away from tying Greenberg for first-place all time with 216 treys.

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