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For Immediate Release: February 13, 2010
Contact: David O'Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

Binghamton women's basketball loses 64-39 to defending AE champion Vermont

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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.

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