Immediate Release: December 7, 2006
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Binghamton women's basketball falls to Lehigh as Mountain Hawks soar to 70-49 victory
BETHLEHEM, Pa.- Senior guard Sara Ellis led four Mountain Hawks in double-figures as she scored a game-high 15 points as Lehigh (3-6) defeated Binghamton (2-6) 70-49 in a non-conference women's basketball game Thursday evening at Stabler Arena. The loss marks the sixth consecutive meeting that the two teams have alternated wins and losses.
Trailing 25-23 with 8:24 remaining in the first half, Lehigh mounted a 14-4 run to close out the half and take a 37-29 lead into the break. The Mountain Hawks continued their strong play in the second half, outscoring the Bearcats 18-4 over the first 5:53 to extend to a 55-33 advantage with 14:07 to play in the game. From there they would go on to lock up the 21-point victory.
"Lehigh played very well tonight" said Binghamton head coach Rich Conover. "We did have a tough stretch at the end of the first half but Lehigh shot the lights out tonight and you have to give them credit. Muffy and Erica came out very well and hit some good shots for us".
In addition to her 15 points, Ellis added five assists for Lehigh while freshman guard Kristen Dalton scored 14 points to go along with three assists. Senior forward Adrienne Blount netted 12 points and freshman guard Alex Ross finished with 10 points. As a team, the Mountain Hawks hit on nine of their fourteen shots from three-point range to finish at 64 percent on the night.
Senior guard Rebecka Lindgren (Oskarshamn, Sweden) led the Bearcats with 11 points as she knocked in three shots from beyond the arc, and junior forward Juta Jahilo (Helsinki, Finland) added 10 points and five rebounds. Junior forward Brianna Thompson (Chehalis, Wash.) chipped in with 10 points.
Battling injuries, the Bearcats dressed only nine players for the game and started two freshmen in guards Muffy Sadler (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) and Erica Carter (Naperville, Ill.) for the first time since Rachael Laws and Jen Blues started the final game of the 2002-03 season against Vermont.
Binghamton returns to the Events Center to host Big East member Villanova on Sunday at 1 p.m.
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