For Immediate Release: January 7, 2009
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Binghamton women's basketball loses 63-54 at Hartford

Box score

WEST HARTFORD, Conn-- Freshman guard Ilicia Mathis and junior forward Ercia Beverly each netted 15 points, leading Hartford (6-7, 1-0 AE) to a 63-54 win over Binghamton (6-8, 0-1 AE) in an America East women's basketball game on Wednesday night at the Chase Family Arena. The game marked the start of the Bearcats' eighth season in the conference.

"I thought our players did a great job executing our game plan," head coach Nicole Scholl said. "Unfortunately, when you come into a place like Hartford, you have to be at least 10 points better than you are to win the game."

For Binghamton, junior guard Erica Carter scored 15 points, 11 of which came of the first half. Freshman forward Viive Rebane chipped in 12 points, 10 of which came in the second half.

Down 15-7 early in the game, Binghamton went on a 13-6 spurt to take a 20-19 lead with 7:49 left in the first half. Hartford, however, answered with an 11-4 run to close the half with a 30-24 advantage.

In the second half, Binghamton got to within 50-46 with 7:35 remaining on a steal and a layup by freshman forward Viive Rebane. The Hawks scored the next six points before Rebane cut the deficit to 54-50 at the three-minute mark.

Junior forward Diana Delva converted a three-point play at the 1:57 mark, extending the lead to 57-50. After Rebane made one of two free throws, junior forward Erica Beverly iced the game on a jumper with 45 seconds to go.

Binghamton returns home for a 2 p.m. game on Saturday against Albany. It is the Bearcats' first home game since Dec. 10.

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