Immediate Release: February 21, 2004
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Bearcats defeats Stony Brook 71-64
VESTAL, N.Y.--Senior point guard Kate Townley (St. Paul, Minn./ Cretin-Derhamn Hall) tied a career-high with 20 points, leading Binghamton (14-8, 9-5 AE) to a 71-64 win over Stony Brook (6-17, 5-9 AE) in an America East women's basketball game before 1,765 fans at the Events Center. The Bearcats have now won three consecutive games heading into Wednesday's 7 p.m. contest at UMBC.
Townley, who had previously scored 20 points at Albany on Jan. 31, 2002, also eight rebounds and dished out six assists against the Seawolves. Sophomore guard Rachel Laws (Wyncote, Pa./ Cheltenham) had 17 points, marking the 19th straight time she has reached double figures in scoring. Junior center Kristin Hibler (Hutchinson, Kan./ Hutchinson) added 11 points.
"Today was a gritty effort by a determined Bearcat team," head coach Rich Conover said. "Stony Brook has been playing as well as anyone in the conference and we wanted to protect our home floor."
Binghamton opened up a 32-25 lead at the break but the visiting Seawolves fought back to tie the game at 35-35 on a jumped by Jessica Smith with 13:42 left in the second half. From there, the Bearcats went on an 8-2 run in the ensuing 2:50 to take a 43-37 advantage.
The Seawolves got to within 60-58 with 4:09 remaining, but a jumper by Townley followed by a steal and a layup by sophomore guard Jen Blues (Overland Park, Kan./ Blue Valley North) stretched the lead back to 64-58 and prompted Stony Brook to call a timeout with 3:20 to go.
Townley and Laws hit a combined 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
Smith led Stony Brook with 17 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Also reaching double figures in scoring for Stony Brook were Mykeema Ford (13 points) and Sherry Jordan (11 points).
NOTES: Binghamton is now 9-1 this season in games that it has scored 60 or more points ... the Bearcats are also 11-4 in games decided by 10 points or fewer.
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