Immediate Release: November 11, 2005
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Binghamton women's basketball defeats Canisius 93-86 in overtime
VESTAL, N.Y.-- Sophomore forward Brianna Thompson (Chehalis, Wash.) scored a game-high and career-high 17 points, leading Binghamton (1-2) to a 93-86 overtime win over Canisius (2-1) in a non-conference women's basketball game at the Events Center on Saturday afternoon. The victory came against a Golden Griffs team that won the MAAC title last season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
"Even though it is early in the season, this was an important win over a very good Canisius team," head coach Rich Conover said. "Even in overtime, after they came back against us, we still felt that it was our game to win."
Thompson, who also grabbed a game-high and career-high nine rebounds, was one of four Bearcat players in double figures. Senior guard Rachel Laws (Wyncote, Pa.) netted 15 points, junior guard Rebecka Lindgren (Oskarshamn, Sweden) had 12 points and sophomore guard Laura Sario (Espoo, Finland) scored 11 points for the second game in a row.
Abby Radunske led Canisius with 15 points. Laura Granzow had 12 points and Megan Lyte added 11 points.
After going up 39-34 at the break, the Bearcats built a 65-53 with 8:07 remaining in the second half. The Golden Griffs, however, rallied to pull within 78-76 with 33 seconds to go.
After Lindgren hit one of two free throws with 24 seconds left in regulation, Binghamton's lead stood at 79-76. Canisius immediately brought the ball up the court and Cheri Wittlieb drilled a three-pointer from way beyond the arc with 16 seconds left to deadlock the game at 79-79. Each team had an opportunity to end the game in regulation but missed their final attempts.
Binghamton jumped out to an 85-81 lead in the extra session but Canisius came roaring back to take their first lead of the game. Jessie Lamparski nailed a three pointer with 1:12 remaining to put her team ahead 86-85.
Undaunted by their first deficit of the afternoon, Binghamton regrouped and took an 87-86 lead on a layup by Laws with 54 seconds to go. After a pair of Canisius misses on the ensuing trip up the court, Lindgren was fouled and hit both free throws to extend the lead to 89-86 with 31 seconds left.
Things got worse for Canisius as Becky Zak was called for a foul away from the ball with 22 seconds left and Sario converted both free throws to extend the lead to 91-86. After a Canisius turnover, freshman forward Laura Franceski (Moscow, Pa.) sank a pair of free throws to ice the game.
Binghamton hosts La Salle on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
NOTES: The 91 points is the most Binghamton has scored since moving up to the NCAA Division I level prior to the 2001-02 season ... Laws now has 1,022 points, which puts her in seventh place all time in school history. She moves ahead of Helene Thomas (1981-85), who scored 1,018 points duirng her career.
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