Release: December 4, 2010
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women's basketball falls to Lehigh 72-60
O'Reilly pours in a career-high 23 points
BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Despite storming back from 18-down, the Bearcats
could only muster 12 points over the final 14 minutes and suffered
a 72-60 setback to Lehigh University in a non-conference contest
Saturday evening at Stabler Arena. The Bearcats dropped its fifth
straight contest to the Mountain Hawks, a program coming off
a school-record 29-win season last year.
Junior guard Orla O'Reilly led all
scorers with a career-high 23 points. Junior forward Viive
Rebane added a season-high 16 points and sophomore forward
Kara Elofson added 14 and nine rebounds
as this trio acounted for 53 of BU's 60 points.
The Bearcats trimmed an 18-point early deficit to seven by the
break on the strength of O'Reilly's hot-hand. She matched a career-high
in points (21) and registered a personal-best five 3-pointers,
all in the opening 20 minutes.
BU continued to chip away at the lead during the second half.
Freshman guard Jasbriell Swain knocked
down a 3-pointer to open the half, followed by a conventional
three-point play by Rebane and back-to-back layups by Elofson,
which gave BU the lead at 44-43. Junior point guard Andrea
Holmes converted a finger-roll in the lane to cap a 12-0
Holmes and Swain, who had scored in double-figures in all six
games prior to Saturday, both struggled offensively on a combined
2-of-18 shooting. However, the duo provided the scrappy effort
needed to mount such an impressive comeback. Swain posted a season-high
seven assists and seven rebounds, while Holmes recorded four
rebounds, steals, and six assists. Holmes moved into fifth-place
on the program's career assist list with 293, passing Kim Shaw
After a blocking foul pinned a second quick personal foul on
Holmes at the 10:40 mark in the first half, senior guard Jackie Ward entered the game for the first
time of the season. Ward, who missed the first six games of the
season due to an ankle injury, played three minutes in her season
debut. She averaged a career-best 10.9 points per game in 27
games last year.
Emily Gratch led Lehigh with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting from
the field. The Mountain Hawks launched 27 3-pointers against
BU's 2-3 zone and connected on 13 of them.
Binghamton returns home for the last time before conference play
to face Siena on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Orla O'Reilly was selected as the America East Player of the
Game, sponsored by Security Mutual Life.