Release: February 6, 2011
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women's basketball notches 59-50 triumph over New Hampshire
and Holmes combine for 42 of the team's 59 points
DURHAM, N.H.-- Junior forward Viive Rebane
carried the Bearcats on the strength of a career-high 22 points
as Binghamton (16-8, 9-2 AE) fended off a pesky New Hampshire
(7-16, 4-7 AE) squad, 59-50, in an America East women's basketball
game Sunday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium. The win was the
Bearcats' ninth straight victory over the Wildcats as Binghamton
improved to 16-5 all-time against New Hampshire.
Rebane posted 13 of her game-high 22 points in the second half
and pulled down 11 rebounds for her 10th career double-double.
She combined with junior point guard Andrea
Holmes for 42 of the team's 59 points. Holmes added 20 points
for the 15th time in her career on 6-of-15 shooting. She knocked
down three pivotal free-throws to ice the game in the game's
The tandem of Rebane and Holmes were also the last two Bearcats
to score 20+ points in the same game. Holmes led the way with
21 points, while Rebane poured in 20 in the team's win over Siena
back on Dec. 7.
"We talked about how New Hampshire was a tough team on their
home floor and we did come out a little shaky in the first half,"
head coach Nicole Scholl said. "But I thought we were much
more resilient down the stretch than we have been in year's past."
Denise Beliveau led New Hampshire as the only Wildcat in double-figures
with 11 points. She posted a double-double to pace UNH in points
and rebounds at 11 apiece.
Freshman guard Jasbriell Swain recorded
double-digit rebounds for her third consecutive game with 11
for the contest. She hauled in 14 rebounds in the win over Maine
last Sunday and notched a freshman-record 17 boards against UMBC
on Wednesday. Her two-game total of 31 rebounds represents the
most by any Bearcat since current assistant coach Leah Truncale
added 31 over two games during the 2001-02 season.
The Bearcats registered consecutive baskets as time expired on
the shot clock in a span of 45 seconds midway through the second
half. Holmes maneuvered through UNH's zone via the dribble-drive
for a finger-roll layup with 8:03 remaining. In the ensuing possession,
Rebane equaled her career-high of 20 points with a three-pointer
as the shot clock expired, raising the team's advantage to 45-40.
Back-to-back New Hampshire turnovers following the first media
timeout of the second-half translated into four easy Binghamton
points. Holmes reached double-figures for the 12th time in the
last 13 games on a transition jumper, while Rebane converted
a fast-break layup as BU retook the lead, 37-33.
Binghamton hit 12-of-26 field goals in the opening frame, forging
a 29-26 lead at the break. Clinging to a one-point lead in the
closing seconds, BU forced a turnover with the shot-clock winding
down and Orla O'Reilly outletted the
loose ball up to Rebane for a breakaway lay-up with 11 seconds
Rebane and Holmes each tallied nine points in the first-half
on a combined 7-of-13 shooting. Holmes had the hot-hand early
for the Bearcats as she knocked down a pair of three-pointers
and a 15-foot jumper in transition for eight quick points in
the game's first five minutes. She fueled a 10-0 run after the
Bearcats spotted New Hampshire a 5-0 lead to open play.
Binghamton returns home to face Vermont at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
The Bearcats, who are a perfect 9-0 at home this season, look
to set a Division I Era program record for the longest home winning
streak. Dating back to Feb. 20, 2010, BU has rattled off 10 straight
home victories. The previous mark was a 10-game streak that stretched
from Feb. 20, 2005 to Jan. 11, 2006.
NOTES: Denise Beliveau and Viive Rebane were named the
America East Players of the Game, sponsored by Security Mutual