Immediate Release: December 6, 2003
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Bearcats lose to Arizona State in championship game of Wells Fargo Holiday Classic
TEMPE, Ariz.--In the championship game of the Wells Fargo Holiday Classic, the host Sun Devils (4-2) used their size advantage to help themselves to a 47-27 rebounding edge and defeated Binghamton (4-2) 73-44 at Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday evening.
"It was a great weekend for our program and our players," BU head coach Rich Conover said. I thought we showed a lot of grit and determination in beating a great Montana State program last night. Then tonight to come in and face one of the premier programs in the country was great. We learned a lot about the level of play and level of intensity that good teams play at and that's where we want to get."
Competing against a Pac-10 program that has been to the postseason four straight years, the Bearcats kept the game close for most of the first half before Arizona State closed the period with a 15-5 run in the final six minutes for a 43-27 lead at the intermission. The Sun Devils then scored the first five points of the second half, and Binghamton was never closer than 19 points the rest of the way, as a 12-0 Arizona State run midway through the period broke the game open. The Bearcats shot just 23 percent and managed only five field goals in the second half, when the Sun Devils led by as many as 32 points.
Binghamton limited its hosts to 43 percent shooting but Arizona State grabbed 20 offensive rebounds and distributed the scoring among all 12 players on its roster for the winning edge. Sophomore guard Rachel Laws (Wyncote, Pa.) compiled 14 points and seven rebounds to lead the Bearcats. In two tournament games, Laws averaged 16.0 points and 9.0 rebounds, and was named as the squad's lone representative on the all-tournament team. Freshman guard Therese Deemand (Horsholm, Denmark) tallied seven points and senior center Nicole Dypolt (Calgary, Alberta) produced a season-high four blocked shots.
The tournament was the second in as many weeks for Binghamton, which captured the title at its own Time Warner Classic last weekend. After a game at Army on Wednesday at 7 p.m., the Bearcats return home for the final two games of the fall semester, with games against La Salle on Sunday at 1 p.m. and Lehigh on December 20 at 1 p.m.
NOTES: The margin of defeat was the largest for Binghamton since a loss by the same score to Stony Brook on January 21, 1994 ... the scoring output was the team's lowest since a 53-43 loss to Northeastern on January 29 of this year.
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