Immediate Release: January 28, 2004
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Bearcats ride advantage on offensive boards to 61-48 win over UMBC
VESTAL, N.Y.--In the team's West Gymnasium finale, Binghamton (11-4, 6-1 America East) pulled down 17 offensive rebounds and defeated UMBC (0-16, 0-7 AE) 61-48 in an America East matchup on Wednesday evening.
The Bearcats overcame 39 percent shooting by scoring 16 points on putbacks following offensive rebounds, and maintained a 34-25 edge overall edge on the boards. Sophomore guard Rachel Laws (Wyncote, Pa.) was the ringleader on the glass, grabbing 10 rebounds (seven on the offensive end) and scoring six of her game-high 16 points on putbacks.
Despite being outmanned in the post, the Retrievers kept the game close by nailing eight three-pointers, five in the first half. In the second half, UMBC nailed back-to-back threes in the opening minutes to pull within 36-33 with 15:26 remaining, but Bearcat guards Laura Scordino (Vestal, N.Y.) and Jen Blues (Overland Park, Kan.) answered with consecutive threes to push the lead to nine with 13:26 left. The teams traded baskets over the next several minutes, but Binghamton eventually stretched the lead to 11 with just over five minutes to play. The Bearcats then made four free throws in the closing minutes to prevent a UMBC rally.
Laws scored in double figures for the 12th straight game, and her point total was a game-high. The double-double was also her fourth of the season. Blues wound up with 15 points, as did senior forward Leala Wegwerth (Maplewood, Minn.). Wegwerth also tallied nine rebounds, and senior point guard Kate Townley (St. Paul, Minn.) totalled six rebounds and nine assists.
With its sixth straight victory, the Bearcats remain tied for second place in conference play. They travel to West Hartford, Conn. this weekend for a pivotal showdown with Hartford. The Hawks are also 6-1 in league play, and tied with Binghamton in the standings. The two teams split a pair of games last season, with each team winning on the road.
NOTES: Binghamton's current six-game winning streak against America East Conference opponents is its longest in school history.
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