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For Immediate Release: November 23, 2005
Contact: David O'Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

Binghamton women's basketball loses 75-64 at Fairleigh Dickinson

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TEANECK, N.J.--Nikki Lockhart led four players in double figures with a team-high 16 points, pacing Fairleigh Dickinson (2-1) to a 75-64 win over Binghamton (0-2) in a non-conference women's basketball game on Wednesday afternoon at the Rothman Center. With the setback, the Bearcats have dropped thier first two games for the first time since the 2002-03 campaign.

The Knights' win overshadowed a career day for senior forward Jen Blues (Overland Park, Kan.), who netted a game-high 22 points. She drained a career-high six three-pointers and surpassed the 20-point mark for the third time in her career. Sophomore guard Laura Sario (Espoo, Finland) added 11 points and was 2-of-3 from beyond the three-point arc.

It was a slow start, however, that set the tone of the game for the Bearcats. They trailed 39-24 at the break and hit just seven of their first 25 shots (28 percent). Fairleigh Dickinson broke open the game with a 13-2 run in a span of 9:12 to take a 24-12 advantage with 5:40 remaining in the first half.

"We did not come out with a lot of energy today," head coach Rich Conover said. "We are not going to do well in games when this happens. We did not do well offensively against their zone in the first half and did not stop them defensively when we had to. Give (Fairleigh Dickinson) credit. They are a much-improved team. But we need to start playing well for a whole game instead of just part of a game."

Things started out differently for Binghamton in the second half, as a 23-11 run cut the deficit to 50-47 with 11:44 remaining. It was a pair of three pointers by Blues in a span of 23 seconds that got the Bearcats to the edge of tying the game.

Fairleigh Dickinson, however, answered back with a 24-10 run in the ensuing 9:19 to take a commanding 71-57 led with 2:25 remaining.

Lockhart scored nine of her 16 points in the first half. Megan Kirkland had 15 points, Katie Warehime added 14 points and Shanay Freeman chipped in 12 points.

Binghamton hosts Canisius on Saturday at 1 p.m. in its first home game of the season.

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