For Immediate Release: January 24, 2009
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Binghamton women's basketball loses 78-63 at UMBC

Box score

BALTIMORE, Md.-- Junior guard Carlee Cassidy scored a game-high 27 points and freshman forward Erin Brown added 19 points and 10 rebounds, powering UMBC (12-7, 4-2 AE) to a 78-63 win over Binghamton (7-11, 2-3 AE) on Saturday night at the Retriever Athletic Center. The loss marked the third straight road setback for the Bearcats.

Freshman guard Andrea Holmes led Binghamton with 14 points, 12 of which came in the second half. Senior center Laura Franceski netted 12 points while sophomore guard Jackie Ward chipped in 10 points. Junior guard Darryll Peterson had nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

Brown scored 14 of her points in the first half as the Retrievers took a 38-31 lead at the break. UMBC, which entered the game as the top-scoring team in the America East Conference, opened up a 17-7 lead five minutes into the game. Binghamton got to within 34-31 with 1:19 remaining but the Retrievers scored the final four points of the half.

In the second half, Binghamton went ice cold from the field, hitting just four free throws and no field goals in the opening 8:30. By that time, UMBC was up 45-33.

The Bearcats pulled to within 65-58 with 3:30 remaining as Holmes hit a long-range three pointer. Binghamton, however, went 2-of-4 from the free-throw line on its next two possessions and Cassidy drained four free throws, increasing the UMBC lead to 69-59 with two minutes to go.

Freshman guard Michelle Kurowski added 18 points for UMBC. She drained four free throws in the final 1:30 to ice the game.

Binghamton hosts New Hampshire on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

NOTES: Ward has now reached double figures in scoring four straight games ... Franceski added four blocks and now has 14 in the last three games.

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