Immediate Release: March 11, 2004
Hartford, Conn.---Sophomore guard Joi Jefferson led a balanced attack with 16 points, leading Northeastern (14-14) to a 63-53 win over Binghamton (17-10) in an America East Conference Tournament quarterfinal game at the Chase Family Arena on Thursday afternoon. The loss marks the third year in a row that the Bearcats have lost their opening game at the conference tournament.
"This was a disappointing end to a great season," head coach Rich Conover said. "Give Northeastern credit because they came out strong. Still, we hope that this season is a stepping stone to our program getting better in the future."
Northeastern used a 21-9 run in a span of 11:44 to take a 24-14 lead with 4:30 left in the half. The Bearcats had a rough first half shooting the ball as they missed on 20 of their first 25 attempts and shot just .241 for the first half. The Huskies took a 31-19 lead into the break.
The Huskies picked up where they left off to start the second half as they went on a 7-2 run in the opening 3:10, prompting Binghamton to call a full time out. The Bearcats pulled to within nine points at 43-34 with 9:58 remaining in the second half but the Huskies immediately scored four points in a span of 12 seconds to stretch the lead back to 47-37 with 9:33 left.
The Bearcats got to within seven points, at 54-47 with 3:11 left, on a three-pointer by freshman guard Therese Deemand (Horsholm, Denmark). Northeastern, however, closed the game by going on a 9-6 in the final three minutes of the game.
Sophomore guard Rachel Laws (Wyncote, Pa./ Cheltenham) finished the game with 16 points and 10 rebounds, marking the 24th consecutive game that she has reached double figures in scoring. Senior point guard Kate Townley (St. Paul, Minn./ Cretin-Derham Hall), playing in her final collegiate game, netted 10 points and dished off four assists.
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