Immediate Release: January 20, 2007
Contact: Joshua J. Darling (email@example.com)
women's basketball deals Vermont second straight loss, 64-55
nets 13 points and eight rebounds; Lindgren ties career-high
with eight boards
N.Y.- Junior forward Brianna Thompson
(Chehalis, Wash.) led three Bearcats in double-figures with 13
points and pulled down a game-high tying eight rebounds, leading
Binghamton (6-12, 2-3 AE) to a 64-55 victory over Vermont (13-5,
3-2 AE) in an America East Conference women's basketball game
on Saturday afternoon at the Events Center. The win is Binghamton's
third consecutive over the Catamounts dating back to January
After trailing by as many as 15 points in the first half, Vermont
rallied to tie the score at 49-49 with 4:23 to play in the second
half behind eight points each from freshman guard May Kotsopoulos
and senior guard Brittney Cross. An 11-2 run by the Bearcats
over the next 2:48, however, put the game well out of reach as
Binghamton retook the lead 60-51 and wrapped up the 64-55 victory.
In the final minute of play, BU connected on 9-of-10 free throws,
including 6-of-6 from senior guard Rebecka
Lindgren (Oskarshamn, Sweden).
For Vermont, Kotsopoulos led all scorers with 14 points and freshman
guard Courtnay Pilypaitis added 13 points, four rebounds and
three assists. Cross finished with 10 points to round out the
Catamounts double-figure scoring.
Joining Thompson in double-digits for the Bearcats were sophomore
forward Laura Franceski (Moscow,
Pa.) and junior guard Laura Sario (Espoo,
Finland) with 12 points each. Franceski added five rebounds and
a game-high four blocks while Sario grabbed three boards and
dished out three assists in 35 minutes of action. Lindgren chipped
in with eight points and tied her career-high with eight rebounds.
In the first half, Binghamton dominated the first ten minutes
of play as they opened up a 20-5 lead by the 9:22 mark and hit
on eight of their first seventeen shots. At the same time, the
Bearcats limited Vermont to 2-of-17 shooting from the field and
held Pilypaitis, the six-time America East Rookie of the Week
recipient, scoreless for the first 11:34 of the contest. The
Catamounts would eventually narrow the gap to nine points to
trail 29-20 at the half.
For the game, the Bearcats shot 47.8 percent (22-46) from the
field and connected on 19-of-22 foul shots (86.4 percent) while
Vermont finished at 39 percent shooting (24-61).
Binghamton travels to defending conference champion Hartford
this Wednesday for a 7 p.m. contest.
Franceski was named Player of the Game for Binghamton while May
Kotsopoulous collected the honor for Vermont.