For Immediate Release: November 21, 2008
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Binghamton women's basketball drops home opener to Portland State 62-52

Box Score

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 … Peterson is 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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