Immediate Release: December 30, 2005
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Binghamton women's basketball falls to Harvard 71-62
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- Lindsay Hallon scored a game-high 17 points, leading Harvard (3-9) to a 71-62 win over Binghamton (6-4) in a non-conference women's basketball game on Friday night at the Lavietes Pavillion. The loss snapped the Bearcats' three-game winning streak.
It was cold shooting that did in the Bearcats, who were playing their first game in 11 days. The Bearcats shot just 19-of-54 from the field (35.2 percent), including 3-of-16 from beyond the three-point arc (18.8 percent).
"We just did not shoot well," head coach Rich Conover said. "Harvard is better than their record but I was very disappointed by our defense, especially in the first half. We had some nice stretches in the second half but we could not sustain enough of a run to come back."
Binghamton jumped out to a 9-1 lead in the opening 3:30 of the game but Harvard fought back to tie the game at 15-15 with 11:27 left in the first half. With 7:34 left to go before intermission, the host Crimson went on a 19-9 run to go up 41-31 at the break.
The Bearcats shot just 6-for-24 (25.0 percent) in the opening 20 minutes of play. Harvard, by contrast, went 14-of-25 (56.0 percent)
In the second half, Binghamton got to within 48-45 on a three-pointer by Laura Sario (Espoo, Finland) with 14:18 remaining. Harvard, however, responded with a 5-0 run in the ensuing three minutes to pad the lead to 53-45.
From there, Bingamton clawed back and got to within 66-62 with 1:37 remaining. The Crimson, however, iced the game by sinking five of seven free throws in the closing 28 seconds.
Senior forward Jen Haubrich (Bow, N.H.) and sophomore center Laine Kurpniece (Riga, Latvia) each had a team-high 16 points. Senior guard Jen Blues (Overland Park, Kan.) added 10 points.
Binghamton begins its America East Conference schedule with a 7:30 p.m. game at Maine on Wednesday.
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