Release: January 20, 2011
Contact: David O'Brian (email@example.com)
women's basketball hangs on for 50-44 win over Albany
take over sole possession of second place in America East
VESTAL, N.Y.-- Sophomore forward Kara
Elofson hit four free throws in the final 1:03 of regulation,
leading Binghamton (12-7, 5-1 AE) to a 50-44 win over Albany
(11-6, 4-2 AE) in an America East women's basketball game on
Thursday night at the Events Center. The victory is the Bearcats'
sixth in their past seven games and at 5-1, they are off to their
best start in conference play since the 2003-04 season. Furthermore,
Binghamton is now a perfect 7-0 at the Events Center this year.
"This was a very good game for us defensively," head
coach Nicole Scholl said. "I though we kept our composure
down the strech against a very good team."
Elofson's heroics started when the Bearcats were nursing a 44-42
lead with just over a minute left to play. Felicia Johnson missed
a game-tying shot and Elofson, who finished with a team-high
12 points and nine rebounds, grabbed the rebound and was fouled
with 1:03 left to play. She then sank both of her free throw
Adrienne Jones converted two free throws of her own, pulling
the Great Danes to within 46-44 with 43 seconds left. At the
other end of the floor, Elofson got an offensive rebound and
was fouled with nine seconds left. Once again, she hit both free
Freshman guard Jasbriell Swain, who
also finished with 12 points, iced the game by hitting a pair
of foul shots with four seconds left.
Binghamton appeared to be in control of the game early in the
second half, as it held a 35-26 lead before the first media timeout.
Albany, however, went on an 11-2 run to tie the game at 37-37
with 10:48 left to game.
With her team down 39-37 with 6:46 left in regulation, Swain
put the Bearcats ahead to stay with a three pointer. Elofson,
who went 8-for-10 at the free throw line, connected on a pair
of attempts with 6:19 left, stretching the lead to 42-39.
Junior senior guard Jackie Ward added
10 points and five rebounds.
Felicia Johnson of Albany led all scorers with 13 points. Ebone
Henry added 11 points and seven rebounds.
The Bearcats held the Great
Danes to 27 percent shooting (18-of-65).
Binghamton heads to Vermont for a 1 p.m. game on Sunday.