Immediate Release: November 22, 2003
Contact: David Berman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Bearcats fall to Syracuse 66-59 in season opener
VESTAL, N.Y.--A late 10-2 run capped a second-half comeback and the visiting Orangewomen (1-0) defeated Binghamton (0-1) 66-59 in the season opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon at West Gymnasium.
After four ties and four lead changes in the first 14 minutes of the half, Binghamton took a 51-50 lead with 6:03 remaining. The Bearcats were held to just eight points the rest of the way, however, and turnovers on four straight possessions allowed Syracuse to open a 60-53 lead with just over two minutes left. Senior guard Julie McBride led the comeback with 21 of her game-high 35 points in the second stanza, including a 12-for-12 performance from the free throw line. Eight of those free throws came in the final four minutes to help secure the victory.
"Overall we had a very good effort and I was pleased with the energy and effort exhibited against a very good team from an outstanding conference," BU head coach Rich Conover said. "We didn't make too many turnovers, but the ones we had were crucial and that hurt us."
Binghamton shot 55 percent in the first half and led 32-28 at the break before Syracuse rallied. The Bearcats outrebounded their visitors 40-31, but were ultimately done in by 10 missed free throws and 18 second-half fouls.
Senior forward Leala Wegwerth (Maplewood, Minn.) led Binghamton with 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Sophomore guard Rachel Laws (Wyncote, Pa.) recorded her first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Also scoring in double figures was sophomore guard Jen Blues (Overland Park, Kan.), who had 10 points.
McBride was the only Syracuse player to score in double figures, as her career-high performance was the third-highest single-game scoring output by a Syracuse player. She was the first person to score 30 points against Binghamton since Stony Brook's Theresa LoParrino scored 31 on January 16, 2001.
The Bearcats return to action next weekend when they host the Time Warner Classic. Binghamton will take on Hofstra in the first round on Saturday at 1 p.m., while Canisius will play North Texas at 3 p.m.
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