Bearcats women beat New Hampshire
Durham, NH (WBNG Binghamton) Senior guard Mallory Lawes and junior guard Jasbriell Swain each scored 11 points, leading Binghamton (5-22, 4-10) to a 55-42 win over New Hampshire (10-16, 5-9 AE) in an America East Conference women’s basketball game on Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gym. The win snaps the Bearcats’ five-game losing streak and marks the sixth straight time they have won on the Wildcats’ home floor. Lawes drained two of her three three-point field goals during the opening 20 minutes of play as the Bearcats went up 20-17 at the break. The Wildcats, meanwhile, misfired on their first 16 field goal attempts and shot just 20 percent during the first 20 minutes (6-of-30). Senior forward Kara Elofson, who was held scoreless in the first half, netted six points in the first 4:26 of the second half, staking Binghamton to a 28-24 lead. She would finish with 10 points. Binghamton then blew the game open with a 10-0 run in a span of 4:54 to take a 42-31 lead with 5:44 left in regulation. Lawes drained her final three pointer of the game during that stretch and the Bearcats sank all four of their free throw attempts. In the final two minutes, however, it was Swain who was the difference. She scored six of her points in the final 1:59 of the game. Swain made a layup and went 4-for-4 from the free throw line during that span. Cari Reed drained a three pointer with 2:44 left in regulation, pulling New Hampshire to within 44-39 with 2:24 left to go. On the ensuing possession, however, Swain, responded with a layup at the 1:57 mark. Kelsey Hogan made it 47-42 when she converted a three-point play with 1:16 remaining. From there, the Bearcats made all eight of their free throws to ice the game. Swain made the final four attempts. “Our upperclassmen really came through for us today,” head coach Nicole Scholl said. “The first half was tough for both teams offensively, but we made the scores and the stops we needed to in the second half.” Swain also finished with a game-high 12 rebounds to record the 12th double-double of her career. She only had one assist, but that helper was the 204th of her career. Swain is now tied with Karen McClelland (1996-00) for 10th place in program history in that category. Reed finished with a game-high 13 points while Hogan added 12 points. Binghamton travels to Vermont on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. game.