Release: November 26, 2010
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women's basketball loses 61-57 at Northern Arizona
finishes with 15 points, Holmes adds 14 points
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.-- Sophomore guard Tyler Stephens-Jenkins nailed
the go-ahead three pointer with 33 seconds remaininig, leading
host Northern Arizona (3-2) to a 61-57 win over Binghamton (2-2)
in the opening round of the Hilton Gardens Thanksgiving Tournament
on Friday evening at the Rollie Activity Center. The Bearcats
will face Central Michigan, who lost 90-70 to Drake in the other
opening round game, on Saturday at 4:35 p.m.
Jenkins' decisive shot broke a 55-55 tie and overshadowed a 15-point
Binghamton comeback in the second half. Following a Bearcat miss
to tie the game, the Lumberjacks sank four free throws in the
final 19 seconds to lock up the win.
Sophomore forward Kara Elofson scored
a career-high 15 points to lead Binghamton. Junior point guard
Holmes finished with 14 points, five rebounds and six assists,
freshman guard Jasbriell
Swain had 13 points and junior forward Viive
Rebane chipped in 11 points.
"It took a lot of energy to come back from 15 points down,"
head coach Nicole Scholl said. "They made a big shot and
we had to foul them down the stretch."
The Lumberjacks blew the game open early, going on a 17-2 run
in a span of nine minutes to take a 17-8 lead with 8:40 left
in the first half. Sophomore guard Amy Patton scored Northern
Arizona's first 11 points during that span.
Binghamton got to within 19-15 with 3:47 remaining but back-to-back
three pointers by junior guard Katie Pratt sparked the Lumberjacks
to a 29-19 halftime lead. In the opening 20 minutes of play,
the Bearcats were undone by 14 turnovers.
Midway through the second half, Northern Arizona extended its
lead to 49-34. The Bearcats, however, scored the next 10 points,
clawing to within 49-44 with 6:23 left in regulation.
The Bearcats got to within 53-52 with 3:01 left in the second
half. Patton answered with a layup but Swain kept it a one-point
game on a layup with 2:03 remaining. Rebane tied the game at
55-55 as she hit one of two free throws with 57 seonds to go.
Patton finished with a game-high 23 points, nailing five three
pointers in the process.
NOTE: Northern Arizona is coached by Laurie Kelly, who
was the head coach at Binghamton from 1998-2003. Current Bearcat
assistant coaches Sarah Cartmilll and Leah Truncale both played
under Kelly from 1998-02 ... Holmes and Swain have now reached
double figures in all four games.