For Immediate Release: February 20, 2008
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Binghamton women's basketball falls 71-63 to first-place Hartford

Box Score

VESTAL, N.Y.- Senior forward Danielle Hood scored 12 of her team-high 14 points in the second half, leading Hartford (20-5, 10-2 AE) to a 71-63 win over Binghamton on Wednesday night at the Events Center. The loss snapped the Bearcats' five-game home winning streak.

After shooting just 34.5 percent in the opening 20 minutes, the Hawks hit 17 of their 29 shots in the closing half (58.6 percent). Hartford also had a significant edge on the offensive glass, out rebounding Binghamton 15-6.

Binghamton led 34-27 at the half but Hood connected on a jumper to deadlock the game at 42-42 with 5:57 elapsed in the second half. From there, the Hawks took the lead for good with a 6-0 run to go up 50-44 with 10:34 left in regulation. Freshman guard Mary Silva scored two consecutive baskets during that spurt.

The Bearcats pulled to within 64-60 with 2:47 left after senior forward
Juta Jahilo (Helsinki, Finland) sank a pair of free throws. Sophomore forward Lisa Etienne, however, responded by nailing a key three-point shot with 2:21 to go, giving the Hawks the breathing room they'd need to finish off the game.

Sophomore forward Erica Beverly added 12 points in the win and senior guard Jamie McCabe chipped in 10 points.

For Binghamton sophomore guard
Erica Carter (Naperville, Ill.) scored a game-high 16 points, marking the seventh straight game she has reached double figures in scoring. Senior forward Brianna Thompson (Chehalis, Wash.) had 14 points, senior guard Laura Sario (Espoo, Finland) netted 12 points while Jahilo recorded 11 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Sario now has 1,020 career points and moves into ninth place in school history. Against Hartford she passed Helene Thomas (1981-95), who scored 1,018 points, and Jen Blues (2002-06), who had 1,019 points.

Binghamton concludes its three-game home stand against Maine on Saturday at 2 p.m.

NOTES: Hood and Carter were named the America East Players of the Game.

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