Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
Junior forward Viive Rebane finished with 14 points, nine rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal, leading Binghamton (8-6, 1-0 AE) to a 63-43 win over Stony Brook (3-11, 0-2 AE) in an America East Women's Basketball Game on Thursday night at the Events Center. The win is the fifth straight home triumph for the Bearcats as well as their first season-opening conference win since 2008. Furthermore, the 20-point margin of victory is the largest for Binghamton this season.
Rebane was one of four Bearcat players to reach double figures in scoring. Junior point guard Andrea Holmes and freshman guard Jasbriell Swain each recorded a double-double. Holmes had 13 points and tied a career high with 12 rebounds while Swain also had 13 points and added 10 rebounds. Senior guard Jackie Ward chipped in 10 points.
"I was very happy with how we played, especially on the defensive end," head coach Nicole Scholl said. "This was a good start to conference play and we continue to do well on our home court.
Down 11-10 nine minutes into the game, Binghamton closed out the first half on a 20-6 run to go up 30-17 at the break. Rebane led the way with 10 points in the opening 20 minutes of play.
In the second half, the Bearcats went on a 16-3 run in a span of 3:43 to go up 63-39 with 2:48 left in regulation.
For Stony Brook sophomore guard Sam Landers led all scorers with 16 points. Sophomore center Juanita Cochran added 10 points and 10 rebounds while junior forward Destiny Jacobs grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds.
Binghamton remains at home and will face New Hampshire on Sunday at 2 p.m.