Release: December 31, 2010
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women's basketball falls to Monmouth 60-51
named to All-Tournament Team on the strength of double-double
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