Release: February 16, 2008
Contact: David O'Brian (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Binghamton women's basketball defeats UMBC 83-66
players score in double figures as Bearcats record top offensive
game of season
Sophomore guard Erica
(Naperville, Ill.) and senior forward Brianna Thompson (Chehalis, Wash.)
each scored a team-high 16 points, leading Binghamton (8-15,
6-4 AE) to a 83-66 win over UMBC (8-16, 4-7 AE) in an America
East Conference women's basketball game on Saturday afternoon
at the Events Center. The win is the Bearcats second in their
past three games.
The Bearcats' 83 points is a season-high, surpassing their total
of 82 against New Hampshire on Jan. 19. Binghamton has now averaged
77.0 points in its last three outings.
"We shared the ball well and moved it against their defense,"
head coach Rich Conover said. "It created good opportunities
in the post and from three-pointers. On the defensive side, we
made UMBC work for points and we contested their shots well."
Carter scored 13 of her points in the first half as Binghamton
jumped out to a 42-25 halftime lead. Sophomore guard Muffy Sadler (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)
added nine points in the opening 20 minutes, draining three shots
from beyond the arc.
Thompson, whose point total was her season high, scored 12 of
her points in the second half. She went 4-for-4 from the line
in the final two minutes and added seven rebounds for the game.
Binghamton kept the lead at least 10 points throughout the second
Binghamton had a season-high five players reach double figures
in scoring. Senior forward Juta Jahilo (Helsinki, Finland) finished with
a season-high 12 points while junior forward Laura Franceski (Moscow, Pa.) had
11 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots. Senior center
(Riga, Latvia), meanwhile, recorded her second consecutive double-double,
amassing 10 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.
Senior guard Laura
(Espoo, Finland) grabbed eight boards and tied a career high
with seven assists. It is also the highest assist total turned
in by a Binghamton player this season.
Sophomore guard Carlee Cassidy, who leads the America East Conference
in scoring, poured in a game-high 18 points and dished out seven
assists for UMBC. Junior guard Chantay Frazier added 15 points
and five rebounds.
Binghamton shot a season-best 52 percent, going 28-of-54 from
the field. The Bearcats also outrebounded the Retrievers 45-27.
continues its three-game home stand against Hartford on Wednesday
at 7 p.m.
NOTES: Carter and Frazier
were named the America East Players of the Game ... Kurpniece
now has 12 career double-doubles ... Carter has now reached double
figures in the Bearcats' last six games.