Immediate Release: February 25, 2004
Binghamton looked to be coasting to the win, as they led by as many as 16 points late in the first half and by 11 points with 7:11 remaining. The Retrievers, however, went on a 13-2 run to close out the second half and force the third overtime game that the Bearcats have played this year.
"Give UMBC a lot of credit," head coach Rich Conover said. "We played an excellent first half but they kept us on our heels and controlled the second half to force overtime."
Binghamton went on a 13-0 run in a span of 5:09 in the first half to take a 22-7 lead with 5:36 remaining. UMBC cut the deficit to 14 points at the half (27-14) and then went on a 10-3 run in the opening 2:59 of the second half to pull within 30-24.
Leading 38-34, Binghamton went on a 9-2 run to take a 47-36 lead with 7:11 remaining in the game. The Retrievers, however, refused to go quietly, going on a 12-1 run to close out regulation.
Binghamton was nursing a 53-52 lead with 34.8 remaining before Townley got sent to the line and sank two free throws. After Maria Brown hit 1-of-2 free throws for UMBC with 28.8 seconds left, Townley got sent to the line again with 27.4 seconds left and hit another two free throws to stretch the lead to 57-53.
finished the night with 11 points, a game-high seven rebounds,
three assists and two steals. Sophomore guard Rachel Laws
(Wyncote, Pa.) netted a team-high 17 points, marking the
20th consecutive game that she has reached double figures in
scoring. Senior forward Leala Wegwerth (Maplewood, Minn.)
added 11 points.
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