Immediate Release: January 24, 2004
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Bearcats ease past Stony Brook 54-45
STONY BROOK, N.Y.--Sophomore guard Rachel Laws (Wyncote, Pa.) netted a game-high 15 points and senior forward Leala Wegwerth (Maplewood, Minn.) recorded her third career double-double, leading Binghamton (10-4, 5-1 America East) to a 54-45 win over Stony Brook (2-13, 1-5 AE) in an America East Conference game on Saturday afternoon at the USB Sports Complex. With the victory, the Bearcats have won five straight games and have matched their victory total from last season.
"We can look a lot at the final score, but the bottom line is that we are happy with the win," head coach Rich Conover said. "Stony Brook is a tough team and they've always played us well on their home floor."
For Laws, it marked the 11th straight game and a15th time this season that she has reached double figures in scoring. Wegwerth, meanwhile, finished with 14 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Senior point guard Kate Townley (St. Paul, Minn.) added four points, six rebounds, eight assists and four steals.
The teams were tied 23-23 at intermission, as the Bearcats were hurt by 16 turnovers in the first period, including five on their first six possessions. There were five ties and four lead changes in the first 20 minutes of play.
In the second half, Binghamton broke away from a 31-31 tie with a 13-3 run in a span of 3:50 to open a 44-34 lead with 9:54 remaining. Stony Brook, however, scored six straight points and cut the deficit to 46-42 with 5:46 left. The Bearcats refused to buckle, icing the win with an 8-1 spurt in the closing minutes.
Binghamton returns home on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. game against UMBC. It will mark the team's final scheduled game at West Gymnasium. On February 7 the Bearcats will host Maine in its first-ever game at the $33.1 million, state-of-the-art Events Center. The remainder of home games this season will also be played in the Events Center.
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