For Immediate Release: January 21, 2010
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Binghamton women's basketball loses 55-51 at Maine

Box Score

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 rebounds.

"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 on Sunday.

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.

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