Immediate Release: November 29, 2003
VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton (2-1) overcame a sluggish start and pulled away from Hofstra (1-2), 64-44, in the first round of its own Time Warner Classic Saturday afternoon. The Bearcats will now meet North Texas in Sunday's 3 p.m. championship game. The Lady Eagles looked strong in defeating Canisius, 81-79, in the other first round game.
Binghamton misfired on 16 of its first 19 shots, and took a 20-19 lead into intermission. The Bearcats picked up their offense in the second period, however, putting 44 points on the scoreboard to take command of the game. Ahead 30-29 with 12:08 to play, BU embarked on a 20-6 run that spanned seven minutes and featured nine points from sophomore guard Jen Blues (Overland Park, Kan.). Blues and senior guard Kate Townley (St. Paul, Minn.) each tallied 15 points, with Townley chipping in six rebounds and four assists. Townley hit 8-of-8 free throws in the final 2:20 to keep the double-figure margin.
"It wasn't pretty, but we eventually figured it out and made some shots in the second half to open up their zone," head coach Rich Conover said. "Hofstra is similar to Syracuse and St. John's with a lot of quick guards who can dribble and penetrate. We'll have our hands full with North Texas tomorrow, but we're just going to come out and see what happens."
Hofstra was led by junior forward Amaka Agugua (Herndon, Va.), who scored eight points and pulled down nine rebounds.
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