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For Immediate Release: February 6, 2011
Contact: Kevin Solan (sports1@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

BU women's basketball notches 59-50 triumph over New Hampshire
Rebane and Holmes combine for 42 of the team's 59 points

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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 final minute.

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 remaining.

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 Life.

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