Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
Senior point guard Andrea Holmes scored a game-high 24 points, leading Binghamton (9-10, 3-3 AE) to a 61-43 win over UMBC (10-9, 4-2 AE) in an America East Conference women’s basketball game on Thursday night at the Events Center. The victory snapped the Bearcats’ three-game losing skid.
Holmes went 9-of-16 from the field and nailed five three-point field goals en route to reaching the 20-point mark for the 19th time in her career. Senior forward Viive Rebane, meanwhile, returned to action after leaving Saturday’s game against Hartford with a first half injury and turned in a 14-point, nine-rebound, four-steal performance. On the defensive end, the Bearcats held the defending regular-season conference champion Retrivers to just 24 percent shooting and did not surrender a three-point field goal.
“This was a great team win,” head coach Nicole Scholl said. “The players came together after the last game and really determined the way they want to get back on track. Defensively, we were great tonight and both Andrea and Viive led our team well.”
The two teams traded baskets in the opening 1:15 but from there, Binghamton went on a 17-8 run to go up 19-10 with 8:25 left in the first half. Rebane had four of her points during that stretch. UMBC scored the ensuing five points, but the Bearcats followed with a 9-0 blitz in a span of 3:43 to take a 28-15 lead with 2:28 left before the break. Holmes swished a pair of three pointers during that run.
Nursing a 43-36 lead with 10:54 left in regulation, the Bearcats turned up the heat defensively and allowed only seven points the rest of the game. On offense, the Bearcats punctuated the victory with an 11-2 run over the final seven minutes of the game.
Tope Obajolu finished with 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds for UMBC, while Michelle Kurowski netted a team-high 11 points and Lauren Chase chipped in 10 points. The Bearcats, however, held first-team all-conference player Erin Brown to just three points.