Release: November 22, 2009
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Binghamton women's basketball loses 87-74 at Syracuse
VESTAL, N.Y.-- Senior guard Nicole Michael scored a game-high and career-high 36 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, powering Syracuse (4-0) to an 87-74 win over Binghamton (0-2) in a non-conference women's basketball game on Sunday afternoon in the Carrier Dome. The setback marked the first road game of the season for the Bearcats.
The 36 points scored by Michael represents the highest total scored against Binghamton during its nine-year Division I era. Julie McBride of Syracuse set the old mark with 35 points on Nov. 22, 2003.
Sophomore point guard Andrea Holmes, however, nearly matched Michael's performance, netting a team-high 28 points in the loss. In the process, she drained a career-high eight three pointers and reached the 20-point mark for the fourth time in her career. In addition, Holmes added five assists, four steals and three rebounds.
Michael poured in 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the first half alone as the Orange built a 51-39 lead at the break. Holmes, meanwhile, countered with 18 points for the Bearcats. Binghamton nailed 10 three pointers in the opening 20 minutes but Syracuse shot 51 percent overall from the field (19-of-37).
In the second half, Syracuse went on a 12-5 run in the opening 2:53 to take a 63-44 lead. From there, Binghamton got to within 71-62 with 11:54 remaining on a three pointer by Holmes. The Bearcats, however, missed six consecutive free throws and the Orange extended their lead to 83-64 with 5:26 left to play.
Sophomore forward Viive Rebane added 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Junior guard Jackie Ward also chipped in 10 points.
Binghamton returns home to face Lehigh on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
NOTE: Binghamtons 14 three-point field goals against Syracuse tied the school record set against Philadelphia College in the ECAC Division II title game on March 12, 2000. The previous record during the programs nine year NCAA Division I era was 12 against New Hampshire on Jan. 9, 2008. Holmes, meanwhile, tied the school record with eight three pointers, which was set by Bess Greenberg against Yale on Jan. 2, 2001. The previous record during Binghamtons Division I era was 7, by Rebecka Lindgren against Winthrop on Nov. 17, 1006.
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