Bearcats Send Franceski Out in Style

By Justin Horowitz

July 22, 2010 Updated Mar 1, 2009 at 12:53 AM EDT

VESTAL, N.Y.- Junior guard Erica Carter scored a game-high 16 points and senior center Laura Franceski added 15 points, a career-high 15 rebounds and three blocks, powering Binghamton (12-15, 7-7 AE) to a 70-50 win over UMBC (14-14, 6-9 AE) in an America East women's basketball game on Saturday afternoon at the Events Center. The win, which was the second straight for the Bearcats, moves them into sole possession of fourth place in the conference with two regular season games remaining.

Playing in the final home game of her career, Franceski recorded her sixth career double-double (as well as her third this season). Her previous career high in rebounds was 13, which she recorded twice (most recently against Albany on Jan. 10). Furthermore, Franceski's three blocks gives her 214 blocks for her career.

Freshman guard Andrea Holmes had 11 points, seven rebounds and seven assists while junior guard Muffy Sadler chipped in 10 points, five rebounds and a career-high four steals.

Franceski and Carter each had 10 points as the Bearcats took a 38-17 lead at the break. Binghamton sank 17 of their 36 field goal attempts in the opening 20 minutes.

UMBC pulled to within 48-37 at the 11:46 mark of the second half but never got to within single-digits. It was a 9-1 run in a span of 4:52 that stretched the Binghamton lead to 57-38 with 5:33 left to go.

Junior guard Carlee Cassidy, the leading scorer in the America East, scored 15 points for UMBC. Freshman guard Michelle Kurowski added 15 points, 13 rebounds and four steals.

Binghamton heads to New Hampshire on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. game.

Courtesy: Binghamton University

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