Immediate Release: January 13, 2007
Contact: Joshua J. Darling (email@example.com)
women's basketball falls to UMBC 60-50 in first conference road
BU's Sario notches eighth consecutive double-figure scoring
game with 18 points
Md.- Junior forward Amanda Robinson scored a game-high 19 points
and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds, leading UMBC (9-8, 2-2
AE) to a 60-50 victory over Binghamton (5-11, 1-2 AE) in an America
East Conference women's basketball game on Wednesday night at
RAC Arena. The loss snaps the Bearcats two-game winning streak.
Following a 10-0 Binghamton run at the start of the game that
saw the Retrievers held scoreless for the the first 6:24 of the
contest, UMBC stormed back with an 11-1 run of their own to take
a 12-11 lead with 9:24 left in the half. After five lead changes
and two ties over the final 7:53 of the first half, the Retrievers
took a 23-18 lead into the break.
Both teams came out hot at the start of the second half as the
two teams combined for a total of 18 points on 7-of-7 shooting,
including a string of four straight three-pointers, in the opening
2:23 of the half. UMBC extended it's lead to 38-26 with 15:09
to play courtesy of a 15-7 run to begin the half.
With the score at 44-39 UMBC, Binghamton mounted a 7-0 run to
pull to within 44-39 at the 9:34 mark but would get no closer
as the Retrievers maintained at least a six point lead the rest
of the way and locked in the ten point victory by hitting seven-of-eight
free throws down the stretch.
"I thought we came out with great energy and knocked a few
shots down early" said Binghamton head coach Rich Conover.
"Laura [Sario] has been playing outstanding lately and Rebecka
[Lindgren] has been playing well but you need more than two good
scoring options to beat a good opponent on the road. Now we need
to get ready for New Hampshire on Wednesday".
Joining Robinson in double-figures for the Retrievers were senior
forward Sharri Rhode with 15 points and junior guard Kristin
Drabyn with 11. Rhode connected on 9-of-12 shots from the line
and came away with three steals while Robinson added a game-high
three blocks and three steals.
For the Bearcats, junior guard Laura Sario
(Espoo, Finland) scored in double-figures for the eighth consecutive
game as she posted 18 points and hit on 8-of-9 free throws. Senior
guard Rebecka Lindgren (Oskarshamn,
Sweden) finished with 15 points on the night and knocked in four
three-pointers while junior forward Juta
Jahilo (Helsinki, Finland) hauled in a game-high 11 rebounds.
Binghamton wraps up a two-game road swing with a 7 p.m. contest
Wednesday at the New Hampshire.
Sario was named Player of the Game for Binghamton while Amanda
Robinson collected the honor for UMBC ... Binghamton has held
their last three opponents scoreless for at least the first 4:30
of the game (Cornell 8:42, Maine 5:29 and UMBC 4:30) ... Sario
has scored in double-figures in each of her last eight games
and is averaging 19.5 points per game over her last four ...
with her 11 rebound effort tonight, junior forward Juta Jahilo
has now recorded two double-digit rebound games this season and
four for her career.