Immediate Release: January 17, 2007
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Binghamton women's basketball falls to New Hampshire 58-55 in overtime
DURHAM, N.H.- Senior guard Whitney Edwards and senior forward Danielle Clark each netted a game-high 16 points, leading New Hampshire (6-10, 1-3 AE) to a 58-55 overtime win over Binghamton (5-12, 1-3 AE) in an America East Conference women's basketball game on Wednesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium. The loss was the third overtime setback for the Bearcats this season.
Edwards and Clark scored all five of the Wildcats' points during the overtime period. The score was tied at 53 following regulation but Edwards quickly hit a three point to put the Bearcats in a 56-53 hole. Clark, meanwhile, converted a pair of free throws with 15 seconds remaining to ice the game. Binghamton did get to win.
Junior forward Brianna Thompson (Chehalis, Wash.) and junior guard Laura Sario (Espoo, Finland) each had a team high 14 points for Binghamton. Sario last two points came with four minutes remaining in the overtime session, which cut the New Hampshire lead to 56-55. The Bearcats, however, were held scoreless the rest of the way.
"We have got to learn to make some key plays at key times," head coach Rich Conover said. "We didn't lose for lack of effort but we need to execute more when it counts."
As was the case on Saturday at UMBC, Binghamton got off to a torrid start, going up 7-2 in the opening 1:40 of play. The host Wildcats, however, quickly countered with a 12-2 run to go up 14-9. The Bearcats clawed back to within 20-19 with 5:09 left in the half but New Hampshire went on an 8-0 run in the ensuing 70 seconds of play. At the half, Binghamton trailed 31-24.
Refusing to go quietly, Binghamton went on a 12-2 run to take a 41-40 advantage with 9:18 remaining in the second half. New Hampshire quickly scored the next four points to go up 44-41 with 7:17 remaining. Down 53-51, however, Binghamton forced overtime as junior center Laine Kurpneice (Riga, Latvia) hit a jumper with 36 seconds left in regulation.
Binghamton hosts conference-leading Vermont on Saturday at 1 p.m.
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