Release: February 18, 2009
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basketball loses 76-75 in overtime to first-place Boston University
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
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
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
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