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For Immediate Release: January 17, 2004
Contact: David O'Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

Bearcats rally for 63-56 overtime win at New Hampshire

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DURHAM, N.H. - Sophomore guard Rachel Laws (Wyncote, Pa.) scored a career-high 22 points, leading Binghamton (8-4, 3-1 America East) to a 63-56, come-from-behind overtime win over New Hampshire (6-7, 2-2 AE) in America East women's basketball action on Saturday at Lundholm Gymnasium.

"I'm very proud of the way the team came back in the second half," head coach Rich Conover said. "Rachel was very good down the stretch. New Hampshire is a very good team and we've very fortunate to come away with a win."

The win marks the third straight year BU has won at New Hampshire, as well as the second time this season the team has won a game that it trailed by more than 10 points in the second half. The Wildcats led 41-30 with 9:56 remaining before the Bearcats got rolling. After a timeout, the Bearcats launched a 20-9 run in a seven-minute span, drawing even on a layup by junior center Kristin Hibler (Hutchinson, Kan.) with 2:41 left.

The game was tied on three other occasions in the closing minutes of regulation, the final time coming when Hibler sank a pair of free throws to knot the score at 56-56 with 45 seconds on the clock. After a New Hampshire missed free throw, Binghamton had the ball with the shot clock turned off, and a chance to win the game. However, the Wildcats stole the ball with six seconds left and misfired on a three-pointer at the buzzer to send the game to an extra period.

In overtime, the Bearcats held New Hampshire scoreless and made 7-of-8 free throws to earn the win. Hibler made two free throws with 3:33 remaining to give Binghamton its first lead since the opening 10 minutes of the game. Niether team made a field goal in the extra period, as both teams missed all six of their shots. However, the Wildcats were whistled for four fouls in the period, and near flawless free throw shooting by Binghamton (18-for-20 in the game) made the difference down the stretch.

Hibler made all six of her free throws and wound up with 12 points and a pair of blocked shots, including a rejection of a potential game-tying shot with less than two minutes left in overtime. Laws, despite 7-of-18 shooting, scored 19 points after halftime, including 7-of-8 free throws in the second half and overtime. Sophomore guard Jen Blues (Overland Park, Kan.) was the third Bearcat in double figures, scoring 11 points.

Senior center Maren Matthias led New Hampshire with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Binghamton returns home to host Northeastern at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

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