Immediate Release: January 18, 2006
Contact: David O'Brian (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hartford rallies to defeat Binghamton women's basketball 65-64
N.Y.--Junior guard Ikea Witt hit two clutch free throws with
1.9 seconds remaining, leading Hartford (13-2, 5-0 AE) to a 65-64
win over Binghamton (10-6, 3-2 AE) in an America East Conference
women's basketball game on Wednesday night at the Events Center.
The loss snapped the Bearcats' 10-game home winning streak.
Binghamton was down by as many 16-2 early in the game but came
back to take a 64-61 lead with 1:11 remaining. The Hawks, however,
scored the next four points of the game and a desperation shot
by sophomore guard Laura
Sario (Espoo, Finland) at the buzzer went off the backboard.
"I was proud of the way we battled back but was also disappointed
with the way we started the game," head coach Rich Conover
said. "You can't dig yourself into that kind of a hole against
a great team like Hartford."
After scoring just once in the first 7:57 of the game, Bearcats
clawed their way back to close the margin to 31-23 at halftime.
Binghamton came out of the locker room and cut the lead to just
41-40 with 13:18 remaining in the second half. From there, the
teams kept trading baskets before Binghamton took its first lead
of the game, 61-59, with 2:07 left in the second half.
Haubrich (Bow, N.H.) made three critical free throws,
giving the Bearcats a 64-61 lead with 1:11 remaining in the game.
Sophomore forward Danielle Hood, however, made a basket and
was fouled with 50 seconds remaining. She missed the free throw
but Binghamton was unable to score on the ensuing possession.
That set the stage for Witt's winning free throws.
led the Bearcats with a team-high 15 points and seven rebounds.
Sophomore center Laine
Kurpniece (Riga, Latvia) added 12 points and six rebounds.
Hawks were led by freshman forward Erica Beverly and senior guard
Erika Messam, each of whom registered a game-high 19 points.
Witt added 13 points and four assists.
For the game, Binghamton shot 47.1 percent, including 53.8 percent
in the second half. The Bearcats outrebounded the Hawks 37-30
but committed 17 turnovers, compared to the Hawks' 11.
Binghamton was without senior forward Rachel
Laws (Wyncote, Pa.), who missed her second straight game
with a sprained ankle. Haubrich returned to the starting lineup
for the first time in three games and scored five points and
grabbed three rebounds. She had missed two of the previous three
games with a sprained ankle.
The Bearcats host Vermont on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
NOTES: Heading into the game, Hartford had held 12 of
its first 14 opponents to under 60 points ... senior guard Jen
Blues (Overland Park, Kan.) netted eight points and now
has 900 points for her career.