For Immediate Release: February 18, 2009
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Binghamton women's basketball loses 76-75 in overtime to first-place Boston University

Box score

VESTAL, N.Y.-- Senior guard Amarachi Umez-Eronini hit the game-winning shot with 1.1 seconds left in overtime, leading Boston (18-6, 12-0 AE) to a 76-75 come-from-behind victory over Binghamton (10-15, 5-7 AE) in an America East Conference women's basketball game on Wednesday night at the Events Center. The loss was the third straight setback for the Bearcats.

"This was obviously a heartbreaker for us," head coach Nicole Scholl said. "But I am very proud of our team. We showed that we could play against one of the top teams in the conference."

Umez-Eronini, who finished with 11 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds and five steals, drove inside the paint and hit the game-winning layup off the glass. The Bearcats were unable to fire a shot on their ensuing possession.

Just seconds earlier, it appeared as though sophomore guard Jackie Ward would be the hero, as she drained a shot with 4.4 seconds remaining, putting the Bearcats up 75-73. At that point, however, a technical foul was assessed against the Binghamton bench for a member of the program coming onto the court during play. Consequently, the Terriers were awarded two free throws plus the ball.

Junior forward Aly Hinton missed the first free throws but converted the second attempt. That set the stage for Umez-Eronini's game-changing shot.

Binghamton forced overtime when freshman forward Viive Rebane nailed a jumper with 28 seconds left in regulation. Hinton's three-point attempt to win the game with one second remaining was off the mark.

Hinton and senior forward Jessica Burks-Wiley each finished with a game-high 20 points. Senior guard Kristi Dini added 17 points.

Binghamton was led by junior guard Erica Carter, who netted 13 points while Rebane turned in 12 points, six rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals. Junior guard Darryll Peterson finished with 11 points and three steals while freshman point guard Andrea Holmes had 11 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

Senior center Laura Franceski, who missed the previous four games due to an injury, played 16 minutes and finished with seven points and six rebounds. Junior guard Muffy Sadler, who has missed the previous two games with an injury, was back in uniform but did not play.

Binghamton hosts Maine on Saturday at 2 p.m.

NOTE: Umez-Eronini and Carter were the America East Players of the Game.

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