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For Immediate Release: December 10, 2006
Contact: Joshua J. Darling (dobrian@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

Bearcat career-highs not enough as Villanova downs Binghamton 59-40 in women's basketball

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VESTAL, N.Y.-Sophomore forward Briana Weiss scored a game-high 16 points and senior forward Jackie Adamshick posted 12 points and 13 rebounds to lead Villanova (5-5) to a 59-40 win over Binghamton (2-7) in a non-conference women's basketball game on Sunday afternoon at the Events Center. The game is the Bearcats' first of two against Big East opponents at home this season.

Taking advantage of better than 58% shooting from the field in the first half, the Wildcats surged out to a 29-14 lead with 6:56 to play and took a 36-22 led into the break. During the first 20 minutes, Weiss connected on three of her four three-point baskets to lead all scorers at the half with 13 points.

At the start of the second half the Bearcats held Villanova scoreless for the first 4:41 and closed to 38-28 with 14:07 to play. Binghamton would get no closer, though, as the Wildcats closed out the game with a 21-12 run, due in large part to the play of Adamshick, who collected seven points and nine rebounds in the second half.

"Our shots just didn't fall today" said head coach Rich Conover. "That has been the story all season for us but I think the ball is going to have to start bouncing our way pretty soon".

For Villanova, Weiss led three players in double-figures with her 16 points. Redshirt freshman guard Maria Getty posted 13 points on four-of-five shooting from beyond the arc and Adamshick added 12 points and 13 rebounds.

For Binghamton, sophomore forward Laura Franceski (Moscow, Pa.) scored 11 points, tying her career-high set earlier this season against Sacred Heart, and added five rebounds and three blocks as the only Bearcat in double-figures. Junior forward Brianna Thompson (Chehalis, Wash.) and freshman guard Erica Carter (Naperville, Ill.) each added eight points on the afternoon while junior forward Juta Jahilo (Helsinki, Finland) grabbed a career-high tying 13 rebounds, six on the offensive glass.

Binghamton heads to neighboring Colgate this Saturday for a 1 p.m. contest.

NOTE: Franceski was named the Binghamton Player of the Game.

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