Immediate Release: January 29, 2005
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Binghamton women's basketball storms back to defeat Northeastern 75-53
Bearcats score season-best 51 points in the second half to win second straight game
VESTAL, N.Y.-- Trailing by two points at the break, the Binghamton women's basketball team (6-11, 5-3 AE) exploded for a season-high 51 points in the second half to beat Northeastern (7-10, 2-6 AE) 75-53 in an America East Conference women's basketball game on Saturday afternoon at the Events Center. The win was the fifth in the last six games for the Bearcats while the Huskies lost their fourth straight contest.
The 51 points is the most Binghamton has scored in a half since also scoring 51 points against Adelphi in the ECAC Division II Championship Game on March 11, 2001. The last time that Binghamton scored 50 points in a half also came against Northeastern on Feb. 22, 2003.
"I thought we played a tremendous second half," head coach Rich Conover said. "Things really clicked for us and it was a great team effort. Hopefully, we can continue this type of play as we head out on the road this week."
Junior forward Rachel Laws (Wyncote, Pa.) paced Binghamton with 19 points and eight rebounds. Freshman Laura Sario (Espoo, Finland) added 15 points, eight rebounds, five assists, one block and one steal while freshman guard Nicole Lobach (Hanover, Pa.) had a career-high 13 points, three rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal.
For Northeastern, Shaleyse Smallwood led all scorers with 22 points and Maralene Zwarich added 19 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
The Huskies led 26-24 at the break as Smallwood and Zwarich combined for 22 points. In the second half, however, Binghamton went on a 16-4 tear in a span of 5:09 to take a 45-34 lead with 11:28 remaining.
The Huskies got to within 45-38 with 9:55 left in the second half but the Bearcats converted two turnovers into baskets to pad the lead to 51-40. Things got no better for Northeastern in the next six minutes, as Binghamton went on a 15-5 run to take a commanding 66-45 lead with 3:37 to go.
Smallwood hit a pair of three-pointers in the last 2:21 but by that point, the outcome of the game had long been decided.
Binghamton travels to Hartford on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. game while Northeastern heads to New Hampshire for a 7 p.m. game on Tuesday.
NOTES: The win over Northeastern marked the first time this season that Binghamton has won a game in which it trailed at the half ... Laws converted five free throws to move into sole possession of third place all-time in school history with 272 successful attempts. She now trails only Sarah Cartmill (612 from 1998-02) and Bess Greenberg (402 from 1997-01) ... Zwarich is now 16 points shy of becoming the 12th Northeastern player to reach the 1,000 point mark for her career.
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