For Immediate Release: February 28, 2004
Contact: David O'Brian
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Binghamton holds on for 68-65 win over Boston in second-place showdown

Box Score

BOSTON, Mass.-- Junior center Kristin Hibler (Hutchinson, Kan./ Hutchinson) scored six points in the final three minutes, leading Binghamton (16-8, 11-5 AE) over Boston (15-10, 10-6 AE) in an America East Conference women's basketball game at the Case Arena. With the win, the Bearcats take over sole possession of second place in the America East Conference and stretch their winning steak to five games. It was also the first time in three tries that Binghamton has beaten Boston on its home floor.

"To beat a team like Boston on their home court this late in the season is great for us," head coach Rich Conover said. "It told the team beforehand to treat this like a tournament game and they really responded well."

Hilber finished with a team-high 18 points while sophomore guards Rachel Laws (Wyncote, Pa./ Cheltenham) and Jen Blues (Overland Park, Kan./ Blue Valley North) each added 15 points. Sophomore forward Jen Haubrich (Bow, N.H./ Bow) tied a career-high with nine points while senior forward Leala Wegwerth (Maplewood, Minn./ Roseville) added eight points. Senior point guard Kate Townley (St. Paul, Minn./ Cretin-Derham Hall) added seven rebounds and seven assists to go along with three points.

Boston was led by junior forward Adrienne Norris, who finished with a game-high 22 points and 13 rebounds.

Binghamton came out smoking in the first half, building a 41-31 lead at the half. The key stretch of the half was a 20-9 run in a span of nearly eight minutes that gave the Bearcats a 35-21 lead with just over three minutes to go. Binghamton shot 53.3 percent over the first 20 minutes (16-30). Seven of Boston's eight field goals in the first half came from beyond the three-point arc.

After the intermission, the Bearcats picked up where they left off, going on a 5-0 run in the opening two minutes to take a 46-31 advantage. From there, however, Boston started to chip away at the deficit, going on a 17-5 run in the ensuing nine minutes to get to within 51-48 with nine minutes to go.

Boston finally got the lead at 61-60 on a basket by senior guard Katie Terhune with 3:10 to go in the second half. Laws, however, sank a pair of free throws to give Binghamton the lead back, 62-61, with exactly three minutes remaining. Hibler then converted two free throws to stretch the lead to 64-61 with 2:31 left.

After the Terriers cut the lead to 64-63 with 2:10 to go, Hibler sank another two free throws with 1:08 to play to stretch the lead to 66-63. Terhune got Boston within 66-65 with 34 second to go but in the decisive play of the game, Hibler made a layup with 18.2 seconds to make the final score 68-65. The Terriers were unable to convert the tying basketball in the final seconds.

Binghamton returns home to face Hartford on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

NOTES: Laws has now reached double figures in scoring 21 games in a row ... Binghamton's 11 conference wins are its most in three seasons in the America East Conference ... Binghamton has clinched at least the No. 4 seed in the upcoming America East Tournament and can finish as high as No. 2.


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