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For Immediate Release: November 20, 2010
Contact: David O'Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

BU women's basketball wins 66-53 at Rider
Holmes has game-high 19 points while Swain finishes with 16 points and nine rebounds

Game File

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J.-- Junior point guard Andrea Holmes scored a game-high 19 points, leading Binghamton (2-1) to a 66-53 win over Rider (0-3) in a non-conference women's basketball game on Saturday at Alumni Gym. With the win, the Bearcas climb above the .500 mark for the first time since March 11, 2006.

Freshman guard Jasbriell Swain added 16 points and nine rebounds, just missing her third consecutive double-double. Junior forward Viive Rebane added 12 points.

Binghamton jumped out to a 18-2 lead in the opening 9:36 of the game. Rebane rattled off eight of her points during that run. The lead got as high as 32-12 with 2:02 left before the half before Rider closed to 32-20 at the break.

The Broncs got to within 35-25 in the opening 1:36 of the second half. By the time there was three minutes to go, however, Binghamton got the lead back up to 62-42. The Broncs used pressure defense the final three minutes, but could only get to within 11 points (62-51).

"That was the first time this year we've seen pressure like that down the stretch so I think it was good for our team to see it and learn how to handle it," head coach Nicole Scholl said. "We've seen three teams now that have thrown three very different looks at us."

Caitlin Bop finished with a team-high 16 points for Rider. Ali Heller added 10 points.

Swain also finished with a game-high five steals. Sophomore forward Kara Elofson had nine points, seven rebounds and a pair of assists. Junior guard Orla O'Reilly scored seven points and added four rebounds, five assists and four steals.

Following Thanksgiving, the Bearcats will compete in the Northern Arizona Tournament next Friday and Saturday. In the first round, BU will face tournament host Northern Arizona and will take on either Central Michigan or Drake in the championship/consolation game.

NOTE: With two assists, Holmes now has 277 assists for her career. She is currently tied with Laura Sario (2004-08) for sixth place all time in program history ... Swain is the first BU freshman to reach double figures in her first three collegiate games since the program moved up to the Division I level 10 years ago.

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