For Immediate Release: January 29, 2011
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BU women's basketball defeats Maine 70-43
Bearcats now program-best 7-2 in America East play, remain perfect at home

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VESTAL, N.Y. Senior guard Jackie Ward poured in a game-high 20 points and junior point guard Andrea Holmes finished with 18 points, leading Binghamton (14-8, 7-2 AE) to a 70-43 win over Maine (3-18, 1-8 AE) in an America East women's basketball game on Saturday afternoon at the Events Center. The win improved the Bearcats' record to a program-best 8-0 at the Events Center. In addition, Binghamton is also off to its best start in its 10 seasons in the America East Conference.

Ward, whose point total represented her season high, also added a game-high five assists and added seven rebounds. Freshman guard Jasbriell Swain finished with eight points, a career-high and game-high 14 rebounds, four assists, a block and two steals while junior forward Viive Rebane turned in a seven-point, 11 rebound, three-assist, one-block and two-steal performance.

"We played very well in the second half today," head coach Nicole Scholl said. "Jackie had a great game and we did a good job on the boards."

Nursing a 29-25 lead with 40 seconds left in the first half, the Bearcats turned to Ward, who scored a pair of basketball, giving Binghamton an eight-point lead at the break. She picked right up where she left off after the break, scoring the first eight points to put the Bearcats up 41-25 with 17:24 left in regulation.

Ward also played a significant role in the Bearcats' other key run, an 11-0 blitz in a span of 2:59 to put them ahead 61-36 with 7:08 left in the contest. She had five points during that span.

Ashleigh Roberts led Maine with 14 points while Shareka Maner grabbed a team-best 13 rebounds.

Binghamton hosts UMBC on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in a game televised regionally by Time Warner Sports. Both the Bearcats and Retrievers enter the game with 7-2 records in the conference, trailing only 9-0 Boston University. UMBC beat Binghamton 55-38 at home back on Jan. 12.

NOTES: Ward and Roberts were named the America East Players of the Game, sponsored by Security Mutual Life ... the Bearcats' previous-best start at the Events Center was 7-0 during the 2005-06 campaign. The previous-best start in America East play was 6-2 during the 2003-04 season ... Holmes, who is now averaging a career-high 14.8 points per game, now has 1,035 career points and moves into 11th place all-time in program history. Against Maine, she passed Helene Thomas (1981-85), who had 1,018 points and Jen Blues (2002-06) who finished with 1,019 points.

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