Release: January 21, 2010
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women's basketball loses 55-51 at Maine
ORONO, Maine-- Host Maine (6-13,
2-5 AE) sank five free throws in the final 27 seconds, holding
off Binghamton (6-13, 2-4 AE) 55-51 in an America East women's
basketball game on Thursday evening at Alfond Arena. The game
marked finale of three straight road contests for the Bearcats.
Down 32-19 early in the second half, Binghamton closed to within
50-49 on a three-point play by sophomore point guard Andrea
Holmes with 1:03 remaining in regulation. On the other end
of the floor, however, Samantha Wheeler grabbed a key offensive
rebound with 37 seconds left, was fouled 10 seconds later and
made both free throws.
Holmes missed a game-tying three pointer with 16 seconds left
and Maine got a team rebound. Katie Bratishko was immediately
fouled and made one of two shots. Sophomore forward Viive
Rebane cut the deficit to 53-51 as she sank a pair of the
free throws with eight seconds left but Katelyn Vanderhoff iced
the game with two free throws with four seconds to go.
Senior guard Erica
Carter led all players with 20 points. She reached the 20-point
mark for the second game in a row and in the process, moved into
10th place all time in school history with 1,023 career points.
Holmes finished with 15 points, 13 of which came in the second
half, while Rebane added 10 points, seven rebounds, four assists
and a pair of steals.
Wheeler led Maine with 16 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
The decisive difference in the game was rebounding. The Black
Bears outrebounded Binghamton 55-37 and grabbed 23 offensive
"Give Maine credit," head coach Nicole Scholl said.
"We couldn't match their intensity in the first half and
we did not do a good job rebounding tonight."
Binghamton returns home for a 6 p.m. game against New Hampshire
NOTES: Carter now has six career games with at least 20
points, including four this season. Against Maine, she passed
Helene Thomas (1981-85), who scored 1,018 points, and Jen Blues
(2002-06), who netted 1,019 points.