For Immediate Release: December 29, 2009
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Binghamton women's basketball falls to East Carolina 82-86 in overtime

Box Score

BRONX, N.Y.-- Crystal Wilson scored 20 points to lead East Carolina (11-2) to a 86-82 win over Binghamton (3-9) in a non-conference women's basketball game on Tuesday afternoon at the Rose Hill Gymnasium in the second game of the Fordham Holiday Classic.

Every Binghamton starter scored in the first five minutes as the Bearcats jumped out to a 24-16 lead with 5:57 left in the first half. However, behind an even 56 shooting percentage from the floor the Pirates slowly chipped away and finished the half on a 15-6 run in the last three minutes to claim a 35-32 halftime lead.

After trading baskets the Bearcats surged back into the lead after senior guard Darryll Peterson stole the ball and ran the break with sophomore guard Orla O'Reilly for the go ahead lay-up putting Binghamton up 58-56 with 7:56 left in the second half.

After a pair of free-throws for East Carolina, Carter hit a three from the corner before sophomore point guard Andrea Holmes hit back-to-back three-pointers from the top of the circle to give Binghamton a 67-58 lead with 6:14 left on the clock. The Pirates rallied and after two consecutive turnovers by the Bearcats, stole the lead 73-71 with one minute left in the game. Another turnover by Binghamton and a split set of free-throws for the Pirates set up a game-tying three from Holmes that sent the game to overtime.

With the game dead-locked at 78 apiece, Holmes hit a three from the top of the arc to put the Bearcats up 81-78 with 2:09 left in the overtime period. However, Wilson stole the ball and took it the length of the court for a lay-up and did not trail again.

East Carolina won the battle on the boards, pulling down 44 to Binghamton's 30. The Pirates also shot an even 56 percent from the floor for the game, despite only hitting on two of six three point attempts.

This marks the third game this season Holmes has reached the 20 point plateau and the sixth time in her career.

Binghamton will return home in the New Year and face Cornell at the Events Center on Monday, January 4 at 7 p.m.

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