Immediate Release: January 7, 2006
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Binghamton women's basketball defeats New Hampshire 74-54
VESTAL, N.Y.-- Senior guard Jen Blues (Overland Park, Kan.) netted a game-high 17 points and sophomore forward Juta Jahilo (Helsinki, Finland) had a career-high 16 points and 12 rebounds, powering Binghamton (8-4, 2-0 AE) to a 74-54 win over New Hampshire (9-3, 1-1 AE) in an America East Conference women's basketball game on Saturday afternoon at the Events Center. The win was the Bearcats' fifth in the last six games.
Depth was a key factor for the Bearcats, who shot 52.6 percent for the game (26-of-50). In addition to Blues and Jahilo, two other players reached double figures in scoring. Senior guard Rachel Laws (Wyncote, Pa.) netted 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for her third double-double of the season while senior forward Jen Haubrich (Bow, N.H.) chipped in 10 points and five rebounds.
"Our depth is very helpful when you are facing a good team like New Hampshire," head coach Rich Conover said. "They are well coached and are able to shut down an opponent's top player. We are fortunate to have a lot of players who can pick it up when we need them to and that's what happened today."
Binghamton set the tone of the game early, taking a commanding 32-12 with 7:12 remaining in the first half. The Wildcats closed to within 36-24 with 2:37 before intermission but that was as close as they would get the rest of the game.
The Bearcats went up 39-24 at the break and shot out of the gate in the second half with a 12-5 run in the opening 6:50 to take a 52-31 lead. From there, Binghamton led by at least 18 points the rest of the game.
Danielle Clark led New Hampshire with 15 points while Lindsay Adams added 12 points.
Binghamton faces Cornell on Monday at 7 p.m. at the Events Center. It will be the Bearcats' final non-conference game of the season.
NOTES: Binghamton is 2-0 in conference play for just the second in their five years in the America East Conference. The Bearcats were also 2-0 during the 2002-03 campaign but have never started off 3-0.
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