Immediate Release: January 11, 2004
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Bearcats use late run to hold off Boston University 74-65
VESTAL, N.Y.--In its home conference opener, Binghamton (6-4, 1-1 America East) put five players in double figures and fended off Boston University (5-6, 0-2 AE) on Sunday afternoon at West Gymnasium.
After the Terriers had whittled an eight-point Binghamton advantage down to one with seven minutes left, the Bearcats pulled away with a late 11-2 run in a 3:27 span to stretch the lead to 12 with just over a minute remaining. Five different players scored during the run, in which Boston University missed six of seven shots.
The Bearcats caught fire in the second half, shooting 53 percent and draining 6-of-9 three-pointers. Freshman guard Therese Deemand (Horsholm, Denmark) was the sparkplug, as she knocked down all four of her three-point attempts and scored 12 of her 14 points in the final 20 minutes.
The action heated up after a Terrier basket sliced Binghamton's lead to 54-53 with 7:35 left. Deemand sank her second trey of the half just seconds later, only to see Boston University junior forward Becky Bonner answer with a three of her own. The Bearcats responded with a jumper by sophomore guard Jen Blues (Overland Park, Kan.) before Deemand connected from long range once again. That shot was also answered by a subsequent three-pointer from Bonner, leaving Binghamton with a 62-59 lead with 5:49 remaining.
The Terriers rally went no further, however, as a layup by senior forward Leala Wegwerth (Maplewood, Minn.) started the decisive run, leading Binghamton to its third straight win in conference home openers. Wegwerth wound up with 13 points, while Blues tallied a team-high 15 points. Junior center Kristin Hibler (Hutchinson, Kan.) and sophomore guard Rachel Laws (Wyncote, Pa.) each chipped in 10 points and six rebounds. Senior point guard Kate Townley (St. Paul, Minn.) keyed the Bearcats offense with a career-high 10 assists. She also grabbed eight rebounds and had four steals.
Boston University was led by its senior all-conference player Katie Terhune, who finished with a game-high 24 points. She led all scorers with 14 points at intermission, but was held to 2-for-10 shooting in the second half. Bonner contributed 14 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
In a balanced first half, the Terriers built a 30-22 lead with 2:51 left in the period, only to see that lead evaporate as the Bearcats scored the final eight points of the half to forge a 30-30 tie at the break.
The Bearcats return to the West Gym floor on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. for a contest against Albany. The game will be the first of two regional television broadcasts for Binghamton this season. Empire Sports will carry the game in the Binghamton area.
NOTES: The game marked the second time this season that the Bearcats had five players in double figures ... the first time came in a 59-57 win over North Texas on Nov. 30 ... Townley's previous career-high for assists was nine, which she had on two occasions ... Binghamton had a season-high 20 assists and committed just 14 turnovers against a Boston University defense that came in ranked 14th in the nation with 12.2 steals per game ... the Bearcats are 3-0 in America East home openers, with its other wins coming against Boston University (64-40 on Jan. 11, 2002) and Stony Brook (69-50 on Jan. 11, 2003).
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