For Immediate Release: March 4, 2009
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Binghamton women's basketball clinches No. 4 spot in America East with 56-53 win at New Hampshire

Box Score

VESTAL, N.Y.- Junior guard Jackie Ward drained the game-winning three pointer at the buzzer, leading Binghamton (13-15, 8-7 AE) to a 56-53 win over New Hampshire (8-21, 6-9 AE) in an America East women's basketball game on Wednesday night at Lundholm Gymnasium. With the victory, the Bearcats lock up the No. 4 seed in the upcoming America East Tournament and will play either UMBC or New Hampshire in a quarterfinal matchup next Friday at 2:30 p.m. in Hartford.

Binghamton drew up the game-winning play during a timeout with five seconds remaining. The Wildcats had just tied the game at 53-53 on a three pointer by freshman guard Abigail LaRosa. Determined to avoid going into overtime, freshman guard
Andrea Holmes drove the ball the length of the court. With the Wildcat defense keyed on Holmes, she kicked the ball out to a wide open Ward who buried the game winner.

"We wanted Andrea to take the ball as far as she could and if she wasn't in position to take the shot, she had either Jackie or (junior guard)
Erica Carter coming in behind her," head coach Nicole Scholl said. "We were fortunate to come out of here with a win. New Hampshire never gave up"

Binghamton led 34-24 with 15:01 left in the second half but New Hampshire kept chipping away at the deficit. The Bearcat offense, meanwhile, endured a seven-minute stretch late in the second half without hitting a field goal.

Holmes broke the shooting woes on a jumper with 38.7 seconds remaining, putting Binghamton up 53-48. The Wildcats still refused to go quietly and LaRosa's three pointer appeared to force overtime. Instead, her shot only set the table for Ward's heroics.

Overshadowed by the game's finish was the performance of senior center
Laura Franceski. She scored a game-high 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to record her second consecutive double-double. She now has four double-doubles this season and seven for her career.

Holmes finished with nine points, five rebounds, seven assists and three steals.

Junior forward Candace Williams, who ranks third in the America East in scoring, finished with 11 points for the Wildcats.

Binghamton closes out the regular season with a 1 p.m. game at Vermont on Saturday.

NOTES: In its eight years in the America East Conference, Binghamton has been at least a No. 4 seed five times. UMBC has finished the conference season with a 6-10 record. A New Hampshire win over Hartford on Saturday would earn it a rematch against the Bearcats in quarterfinals. Should the Wildcats lose to Hartford, UMBC would move into the No. 5 slot.

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