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For Immediate Release: February 12, 2011
Contact: David O'Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

BU women's basketball falls short against Vermont 59-58
Bearcats draw program-best 3,263 fans to Events Center

Box Score

VESTAL, N.Y.-- Lauren Wheeler poured in a game-high and career-high 22 points and Tonya Young added 16 points, leading Vermont (4-21, 4-8 AE) to a 59-58 win at Binghamton (16-9, 9-3 AE) before a program-best 3,263 fans on Saturday afternoon at the Events Center. The loss snapped the Bearcats' 10-game, home court win streak, dating back to last season.

Wheeler keyed a 10-0 run in the opening 3:39 of the contest by draining a pair of three-point shots. Young took over in the next seven minutes of the game, scoring nine points as the Catamounts raced out to a 23-9 advantage midway through the first half.

"Give Vermont credit," head coach Nicole Scholl said. "They came out and put pressure on us and we did not respond well. We played better in the second half but we can't dig ourselves into a hole like that."

Binghamton pulled to within single digits at the end of the first half on a three-pointer by junior guard Orla O'Reilly at the buzzer. The second half belonged to Viive Rebane, who keyed a Bearcat comeback by scoring 14 of her team-high 18 points. Her steal and layup with 9:40 left in regulation put the Bearcats ahead 41-40.

From there, the lead went back and fourth and was tied at 50-50 with 4:10 left. Wheeler, however, keyed a 6-2 run that gave Vermont a 56-52 lead with 1:49 remaining.

Junior point guard Andrea Holmes, who ended the day with 12 points, nailed a three pointer, cutting the deficit to 56-55 with 1:24 to go. Sam Simononis responded with a layup at the 1:03 mark, extending the lead back to three points.

Kristine Lalonde made it a four-point game by hitting the front end of a one-and-one with six seconds left. That first attempt would be critical as senior guard Jackie Ward drained a three pointer from nearly half court at the buzzer.

Binghamton hosts Hartford on Thursday at 7 p.m.

NOTES: Wheeler and Rebane were named the America East Players of the Game, sponsored by Security Mutual Life ... the attendance at the Events Center shattered the previous best women's crowd of 2,499, which occurred on Jan. 29, 2006 against Albany. Furthermore, Saturday's attendance marked the largest crowd for a home women's basketball game among all America East teams this season.

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