Release: December 5, 2009
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women's basketball loses 57-72 to Niagara
VESTAL, N.Y.-- Kayla Stroman scored
six of her team-high 14 points in the final four minutes of regulation,
leading Niagara (2-6) to a 57-52 win over Binghamton (1-5) in
a non-conference women's basketball game on Saturday afternoon
at the Events Center. The Purple Eagles were down by as many
as 15 points in the second half before storming back to stun
the host Bearcats in the final minutes.
Trailing 45-30 with 13:36 left in the second half, the Purple
Eagles outscored the Bearcats 27-7 down the stretch. Binghamton,
however, was undone by 12 turnovers during that span and shot
just 2-of-20 in the process.
Niagara capped their comeback when Stroman converted a layup
with 4:02 remaining to deadlock the game at 51-51. The Bearcats
turned the ball over on their next two trips down the floor and
a jumper by Rachele Folinio gave the Purple Eagles the lead for
Sophomore point guard Andrea
Holmes made one of two free throws with 1:54 left to trim
the deficit to 53-52 but Stroman made a layup with 1:05 remaining
and sank a pair of free throws with 17 seconds left to go.
Liz Flooks added 13 points for Niagara while Folino and Jennifer
McNamee each finished with 11 points.
Senior guard Erica
Carter finished with a game-high and season-high 20 points.
It marked the third time in her career and the second time against
the Purple Eagles, that she has scored at least 20 points.
Junior guard Jackie
Ward added 14 points and four steals while sophomore forward
Rebane grabbed a game-high and a season-high 14 rebounds.
Holmes finished with nine points, six assists and five rebounds.
Binghamton heads to Bryant for a 7 p.m. game on Monday.
NOTE: Carter, who was named the America East Player
of the Game, now has 837 career points. In the process, she passes
Leala Wegwerth (828 points from 2000-04) and moves into 18th
place all time in program history. Carter is 13 points away from
tying Katrina Roggenbaum (1990-04) for 17th place all time with
850 points ... Ward has now reached double figures in five consecutive