Release: November 21, 2008
VESTAL, N.Y.- Senior forward Kelsey Kahle scored a game-high 17 points and nabbed nine boards, leading Portland State (2-0) to a 62-52 win over Binghamton (1-2) in a non-conference women's basketball contest at the Events Center on Friday evening. The loss spoiled the Bearcats' 2008-09 home opener.
Binghamton jumped out to a 7-2 lead just 4:49 into the game. The Vikings, however, stormed back with a 15-4 run to take a 17-11 lead with 6:24 left in the first half. Kahle had six of her point during that span. From there, the Vikings went up 20-18 at the break.
In the second half, Portland State broke the game open, taking a 34-24 lead with 13:51 remaining. The Bearcats got to within 38-47 with 4:43 left, but Vikings answered with four quick points and maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way.
Both teams struggled from the field, shooting just 33 percent overall. Binghamton, however, was undone by a season-high 24 turnovers.
Junior guard Erica Carter paced the Bearcats with 15 points, while senior Laura Franceski added 11 points, six rebounds and six blocks. Freshman guard Andrea Holmes netted a career-high 10 points while junior guard Darryll Peterson grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds.
Binghamton hosts Bryant on Sunday at 2 p.m.
NOTES: Franceski now has
four career games with six or more blocks
the first Binghamton player to reach double figures in rebounds
since Laine Kurpniece had 15 against Albany on March 14, 2008.
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