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For Immediate Release: December 2, 2009
Contact: David O'Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

Binghamton women's basketball wins 76-70 in overtime at Siena

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LOUDONVILLE, N.Y.-- Junior guard Jackie Ward poured in a career-high 26 points and sophomore point guard Andrea Holmes added 21 points, leading Binghamton (1-4) to a 76-70 win over Siena (0-6) in a non-conference women's basketball game on Wednesday night at the Alumni Recreation Center. The game was televised regionally by Time Warner Sports.

Ward scored 20 of her points after halftime and wound up hitting a career-high 10 field goals to go along with six rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals. Holmes, meanwhile, added a season-high eight assists as well as four rebounds and three steals.

Senior guard Erica Carter added 13 points and senior forward Theodora Panteli grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds to go along with six points.

Binghamton broke a 22-22 halftime tie by going on a 15-0 blitz in the opening 4:35 of the second half. Ward punctuated the run with a three pointer.

Siena, however, kept chipping away at the deficit, getting to within 55-52 with just over three minutes remaining. Holmes responded by hitting a pair of free throws and Ward nailed another three pointer, extending the lead to 60-52 with 2:25 left.

The Saints refused to go quietly and tied the game when Sarah Fullmer sank a pair of free throws with 18 seconds left in the second half. Holmes was fouled coming back up the court and hit both free throws with 13.9 seconds to go. Siena, however, deadlocked the game with 1.9 seconds remaining when Centeno made two free throws to force overtime.

Things looked grim for the Bearcats when Siena went up 66-62 just 30 seconds into overtime. Ward, however, nailed a three pointer and sophomore forward Viive Rebane made a layup, giving the Bearcats a 67-66 lead.

Lindenmann put Siena up 68-67 with 2:20 left but the Bearcats hit nine free throws the rest of the game to seal the win.

Binghamton returns home to host Niagara on Saturday at 2 p.m.

NOTE: The last time a pair of Binghamton players scored 20 points in the same game was on Jan 18, 2009, when the Bearcats beat Stony Brook 91-86. Holmes had 32 points while Carter added 21 points.

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