Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
Sophomore forward Kara Elofson hit four free throws in the final 1:03 of regulation, leading Binghamton (12-7, 5-1 AE) to a 50-44 win over Albany (11-6, 4-2 AE) in an America East women's basketball game on Thursday night at the Events Center. The victory is the Bearcats' sixth in their past seven games and at 5-1, they are off to their best start in conference play since the 2003-04 season. Furthermore, Binghamton is now a perfect 7-0 at the Events Center this year.
"This was a very good game for us defensively," head coach Nicole Scholl said. "I though we kept our composure down the strech against a very good team."
Elofson's heroics started when the Bearcats were nursing a 44-42 lead with just over a minute left to play. Felicia Johnson missed a game-tying shot and Elofson, who finished with a team-high 12 points and nine rebounds, grabbed the rebound and was fouled with 1:03 left to play. She then sank both of her free throw attempts.
Adrienne Jones converted two free throws of her own, pulling the Great Danes to within 46-44 with 43 seconds left. At the other end of the floor, Elofson got an offensive rebound and was fouled with nine seconds left. Once again, she hit both free throws.
Freshman guard Jasbriell Swain, who also finished with 12 points, iced the game by hitting a pair of foul shots with four seconds left.
Binghamton appeared to be in control of the game early in the second half, as it held a 35-26 lead before the first media timeout. Albany, however, went on an 11-2 run to tie the game at 37-37 with 10:48 left to game.
With her team down 39-37 with 6:46 left in regulation, Swain put the Bearcats ahead to stay with a three pointer. Elofson, who went 8-for-10 at the free throw line, connected on a pair of attempts with 6:19 left, stretching the lead to 42-39.
Junior senior guard Jackie Ward added 10 points and five rebounds.