Immediate Release: February 4, 2004
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Bearcats overwhelmed on glass in 66-45 loss at Vermont
BURLINGTON, Vt.--The host Catamounts controlled the boards for the entire game, and seized 15 offensive rebounds on the way to a 66-45 victory on Wednesday night at Patrick Gymnasium. Vermont (9-8, 3-6 America East) earned their sixth consecutive win over Binghamton (11-6, 6-3 AE).
The Catamounts took control of a close game with a 16-2 run leading into halftime, and led 34-24 at the break. The Bearcats never got closer than nine in the second stanza, and Vermont put the game out of reach with an 11-0 run late in the period. Binghamton could not find an answer for Vermont's strong post play, as the Catamounts efforts on the offensive glass helped them outscore the Bearcats 34-20 in the paint and total 13 second-chance points. The Bearcats were outrebounded 38-27 for the game.
"We came out and started the game strong, but overall we lacked energy and focus tonight," head coach Rich Conover said. "We let down at the end of the first half, and when we tried to do some trapping in the second half, Vermont moved the ball really well and put us away."
Sophomore guard Rachel Laws (Wyncote, Pa.) led Binghamton with 20 points, and was the only BU player in double figures. Laws shot 7-for-14 from the field and made all six of her free throw attempts in reaching double figures for the 14th straight game and 16th time in 17 games this season. Sophomore guard Jen Blues (Overland Park, Kan.) added eight points.
Vermont was led by senior all-conference player Aaron Yantzi, who tallied 20 points and 12 rebounds.
Binghamton returns home on Saturday at 1 p.m. with a matchup against first-place Maine. The Black Bears are coming off a 54-52 win over Hartford, and enter the game with a 25-game conference winning streak over the past two seasons. The game will be the first women's bsketball game at Binghamton's new, $33.1 million Events Center. The building was christened last Saturday as the men's basketball team defeated Hartford 75-68.
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