Release: March 4, 2009
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basketball clinches No. 4 spot in America East with 56-53 win
at New Hampshire
Junior guard Jackie
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
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
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
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.