For Immediate Release: February 10, 2010
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Binghamton women's basketball beats UMBC 70-36

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VESTAL, N.Y.-- Senior guard Erica Carter scored a game-high 15 points, pacing Binghamton (9-15, 5-6 AE) to a 70-36 win over UMBC (10-14, 4-7 AE) in an America East Conference women's basketball game on Wednesday night at the Events Center. The win is the third straight home triumph for the Bearcats.

Carter was one of four Bearcats to reach double figures in scoring. Junior guard Jackie Ward finished with 14 points, sophomore guard Orla O'Reilly added 13 points and a career-high nine rebounds while senior forward Darryll Peterson had 12 points and six rebounds.

The 36 points allowed is the best defensive effort by the Bearcats this season, the previous low of 42 points was recorded against Cornell back on Jan. 4.

The Bearcats set the tone early with a 14-4 run in the opening 4:22 of play. Carter scored five of her points during that span. Ward, meanwhile, had five of her points during a 15-1 run which extended the lead to 35-9 with 4:21 left in the half.

Binghamton's final run was a 13-3 spurt over a 3:54 time span which stretched the lead to 60-31 with 7:41 remaining in regulation.

"I thought we came out and played great defense tonight," head coach Nicole Scholl said. "We were able to get everyone involved and come out with the win.

With her 15 points against UMBC, Carter is now tied for ninth place all time in scoring with 1,088 career points. Her former teammate Laura Sario (2004-08) finished with that same point total.

Tope Obajolu scored a team-high 12 points for UMBC.

Binghamton hosts defending America East Conference champion Vermont on Saturday at 2 p.m.

NOTES: Carter and Obajolu were named the America East Players of the Game ... during the second-to-last media timeout, Bearcats' play-by-play announcer Robert Ford was recognized for working his final Binghamton women's basketball game. Having been with the program since the start of the 2006-07 season, Ford recently accepted a full-time position with the Kansas City Royals.

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