Release: February 13, 2010
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women's basketball loses 64-39 to defending AE champion Vermont
VESTAL, N.Y.-- Seniors guards
Courtnay Pilypaitis and May Kotsopoulos combined for 37 points,
powering Vermont (21-5, 11-2 AE) to a 64-39 win over Binghamton
(9-16, 5-7 AE) in an America East Conference women's basketball
game on Saturday afternoon at the Events Center. The loss snapped
the Bearcats' three-game home winning streak.
Pilypaitis, the 2008 America East Player of the Year, shot a
perfect 7-for-7 from the field, including 4-for-4 from beyond
the three-point arc. She also added six rebounds, three assists
and a pair of steals. Kotsopoulous, who leads the conference
with 18.0 points per game, hit her average and added three assists,
a block and a pair of steals.
The defending America East champion Catamounts wasted little
time in breaking the game open. They took a 25-7 lead in the
opening nine minutes of play. Pilypaitis nailed all four of her
three-point field goals during that span. Binghamton clamped
down defensively during the remainder of the first half but only
got as close as 29-16 at the break.
The Bearcats got to within 29-19 just over a minute into the
second half. With 16:22 left in regulation, Binghamton was down
only 32-22. From there, however, Vermont went on a 12-2 run over
a span of 3:55 to go up 45-24 with 12:27 left to go. Pilypaitis
had eight of her points during that span.
"Give Vermont credit," head coach Nicole Scholl said.
"They got out to that big lead in the first half. I thought
we battled back but they answered in the second half."
Sofia Iwobi and Kendra Seto each added 10 points for Vermont.
Senior forward Darryll
Peterson led Binghamton with 15 points and 10 rebounds. It
was her first career double-double.
Binghamton heads to Albany on Monday for a 7 p.m. game.
NOTES: Pilypaitis and Peterson were the America East Players
of the Game.