Immediate Release: January 14, 2006
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Binghamton women's basketball unable to hold on to lead, lose at Boston 77-68
BOSTON, Mass.--Junior guard Katie Meinhardt netted a game-high 24 points, leading Boston (9-5, 2-1 AE) to a 77-68 win over Binghamton (10-5, 3-1 AE) in an America East Conference women's basketball game on Saturday afternoon at Case Gym. The loss snaps the Bearcats' season-high, four-game win streak.
It was a 52-point second half by Boston that was the difference in the game. Binghamton was up 30-25 at the half but was unble to sustain the momentum after the break.
"Give Boston credit for putting 52 points up after halftime," head coach Rich Conover said. "I thought Boston was much tougher than us today. We had too many stretches of no offense and did not play well defensively. Even though we were missing some people, we are a good team and can't make excuses when we lose."
The key moment of the game came at the end of the first half. The Bearcats had just gone up 30-23 with five seconds left but Meinhardt rushed down the court and scored just before the buzzer sounded. Despite being outplayed for much of the first half, the Terriers found themselves down just 30-25 at the break.
In the second half, Boston came out of the gate with a 21-7 run to take a 46-37 lead with 11:35 left to go. From there, the Bearcats were unable to get within eight points the rest of the way.
Senior guard Jen Blues (Overland Park, Kan.) had a team-high 17 points. Sophomore guard Laura Sario (Espoo, Finland), starting in place of injured senior guard Rachel Laws (Wyncote, Pa.), scored a team-high 16 points and sophomore center Laine Kurpniece (Riga, Latvia) added 12 points.
Senior forward Jen Haubrich (Bow, N.H.), who missed the past two games with a sprained ankle, came off the bench and scored nine points. She played 19 minutes.
Binghamton returns to the Events Center for a 7 p.m. game on Wednesday against defending America East Conference champion Hartford. The Hawks and Bearcats were tied for first in the conference heading into today's game.
NOTES: The game against Boston marked the first time this season that Binghamton was unable to hold on to a halftime lead. The Bearcats are now 10-1 in such games.
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