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For Immediate Release: December 31, 2010
Contact: Kevin Solan (sports1@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

BU women's basketball falls to Monmouth 60-51
Rebane named to All-Tournament Team on the strength of double-double effort

Box Score

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J.-- The Bearcats showcased resolve in a few late runs that trimmed a double-digit Monmouth lead to as close as four, but the host Hawks proved too much down the stretch as they defeated Binghamton (6-6) 60-51 at the Multipurpose Activity Center Friday. Tabbed No. 24 in the country by the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major poll, Monmouth entered the tournament on a seven-game winning streak and improved to 9-3 on the season.

A quick 9-0 spurt cut the Hawk lead to 36-32 with 12:40 remaining. Junior point guard Andrea Holmes started the run by drilling a 3-pointer from the left wing as she was fouled. She made the free-throw to convert the rare four-point play. On the ensuing possession, sophomore forward Kara Elofson converted a lay-up and the free-throw for a conventional three-point play. Junior forward Viive Rebane capped the surge on a lay-up in transition off the assist from Holmes.

The Hawks responded with a 9-2 run that bulged the lead back to 12, but BU countered with a 7-2 spurt in just 42 seconds. Holmes knocked down a 3-pointer, followed by a fastbreak layup by Rebane and freshman guard Jasbriell Swain added a pair of free-throws to cut the lead to four at 50-46 with 1:00 remaining. However, clutch free-throw shooting by Monmouth down the stretch never allowed the Bearcats to pull any closer than four in the final minute.

"It was more of a mentality thing than anything," said head coach Nicole Scholl on the adjustments made by BU at the break. "We had a lot of open looks in the first half but couldn't hit the shots. Defensively, I thought we played well in switching between a 2-3 zone and man-to-man on defense."

Rebane registered her eighth career double-double on the strength of a team-high 15 points on 6-of-13 shooting along with 10 rebounds. She has reached double-figures in four of the last six contests. Swain joined Rebane in double-figures as she poured in 12 points and eight rebounds in 37 minutes. The duo of Swain and Rebane earned America East weekly accolades on Monday, Dec. 20 as the Rookie of the Week and Player of the Week, respectively.

Holmes tossed in a flurry of points down the stretch as she also netted a dozen points along with six rebounds and four assists.

Alysha Womack led the Haws with a game-high 19 points. She converted a runner in the lane at the 3:15 mark in the first to reach double-figures and build Monmouth's lead to 23-17.

Monmouth held a modest lead for the majority of the first half until a pair of 3-pointers in the final minutes stretched the Hawk lead to 11 by the break. Gabby Singer knocked down a buzzer beater from beyond the arc to give Monmouth a 29-18 advantage.

The Bearcats return home to the Events Center to face Cornell University on Monday at 7 p.m. in the final non-conference contest of the season.

NOTES: Viive Rebane was selected to the All-Tournament team. She averaged 10.5 points per game and 9.0 rebounds per contest in a pair of contests at the second annual Hawk Holiday Classic.

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