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For Immediate Release: January 17, 2011
Contact: David O'Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

BU women's basketball wins 69-57 at Hartford
Elofson scores career-high 20 points as Bearcats move to 4-1 in conference play

Box Score

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. -- Sophomore forward Kara Elofson scored a career-high 20 points, leading Binghamton (11-7, 4-1 AE) to a 69-57 win over Hartford (6-12, 3-2 AE) in an America East women's basketball game on Monday night at the Chase Family Arena. The win is the Bearcats' first over Hartford since 2005 and the first road win over the Hawks since 2003. Furthermore, it gets the Bearcats off to their best start in conference play since the 2003-04 season.

"I am very happy for our team," head coach Nicole Scholl said. "Hartford made a run early but we were able to come back and beat a very good opponent on their home floor."

Junior point guard Andrea Holmes and junior forward Viive Rebane each finished with 18 points, nine rebounds, three assists and a steal. Holmes now has 972 career points and needs 26 more to become the 13th player in women's program history to reach the 1,000-point mark. She would also be just the fourth BU player to reach that mark as a junior.

Down 26-13 nine minutes into the game, Binghamton roared back to take a 35-34 lead with 1:17 left in the first half. Although the Hawks took a 36-35 lead into the break, the Bearcats went into the locker room with the momentum. Rebane had 12 of her points in the first half while Elofson netted 10 points.

In the opening seven minutes of the second half, the Bearcats surged to a 51-41 lead. Holmes scored seven of her points during that span.

The host Hawks refused to go quietly, as Alex Hall converted a three-point play with 5:07 left in regulation, trimming the deficit to 57-54. Hall finished with a game-high 21 points.

Back-to-back baskets by Elofson, however, extended the Binghamton lead to 63-55 with 3:05 left to go. From there, Binghamton closed the game on a 6-2 run.

In the second half, the Bearcats shot 50 percent (14-of-28) and held Hartford to 24 percent (7-of 29). Binghamton shot 49 percent for the game (29-of-59).

Binghamton returns home to face Albany on Thursday at 7 p.m.

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