Immediate Release: December 16, 2006
Contact: Joshua J. Darling (firstname.lastname@example.org)
use 24-4 first-half run to down Colgate 79-54 in women's basketball
Erica Carter leads five Binghamton players in double-figures
with 16 points
N.Y.-Freshman guard Erica Carter (Naperville,
Ill.) led five Bearcats in double-figures with a game-high 16
points, including 4-of-4 from three-point range, to lead Binghamton
(3-7) over Colgate 79-54 in a non-conference women's basketball
game on Saturday afternoon at Cottrell Court. BU connected on
28-of-46 shots from the field for a .609 mark for the second
best field goal percentage in program history.
Trailing 25-21 with 8:00 remaining in the first half, Binghamton's
defense shut down the Raiders, allowing only four points for
the remainder of the half, as the Bearcats went on a 24-4 run
to take a 45-29 lead into the break. During that run, BU held
the Raiders scoreless for 6:05 and outscored them 16-0 to take
the lead for good.
the second half, Binghamton's stifling defense continued to limit
the offensive opportunities for Colgate, holding them to 25 points,
while the offense registered 34 second-half points to close out
the 79-54 victory.
"I thought defensively we were much better and moved the
ball well during the run and that helped us" said Binghamton
head coach Rich Conover. "Erica did an outstanding job today
for us. She is a cool customer and it was only a matter of time
until she started hitting her shots".
Junior forward and Vestal native Caitlin Gillard led three Raiders
in double-figures with 12 points while freshman guard Tahara
Williams and sophomore guard Gretchen Polinski each finished
with 10 points. Polinski added a team-high eight rebounds.
The game against Colgate marked the first time that five Binghamton
players reached double-figures in scoring for the first time
since its January 11, 2004 game against Boston. In addition to
Carter's 16 points, junior forward Brianna
Thompson (Chehalis, Wash.) netted 14 points and pulled down
a game-high tying nine rebounds and senior guard Rebecka
Lindgren (Oskarshamn, Sweden) added 11 points and a career-high
nine boards. Junior forward Juta Jahilo
(Helsinki, Finland) finished with a season-high 13 points and
grabbed five rebounds while junior forward Laine
Kurpniece (Riga, Latvia) added 11 points in 17 minutes of
guard Muffy Sadler (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
added a spark to the Bearcat offense, finishing with career-highs
of five points, three steals and a game-high eight assists. Those
eight assists are the most by any Binghamton player since Kate
Townley recorded 10 against Boston on January 11, 2004, a mark
which is currently tied for seventh all-time on BU's top assist
Binghamton's hot shooting day also extended beyond the three-point
arc as the Bearcats connected on 8-of-12 three-pointers for a
.667 percentage. That mark ties for fourth on the program's all-time
list. Additionally, the top three shooting performances in Binghamton
history have all come against Colgate, with the top one being
.625 on January 29, 2001.
Binghamton faces their second consecutive Patriot League opponent
as they travel to Bucknell for a 7 p.m. game on December 19.
The win is the Bearcats fifth straight against the Raiders dating
back to November 30, 1999.