Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
Sophomore guard Vaneeshia Paulk netted a game-high 10 points, dished out four assists and grabbed a pair of rebounds, leading Binghamton to an 81-28 win over Mansfield in an exhibition women’s basketball game on Tuesday night before 1,753 fans at the Events Center. The final tuneup before Friday’s season opener featured all 14 players on the Bearcats’ roster scoring at least two points.
Paulk, who transferred from East Georgia Community College, came off the bench to play a game-high 24 minutes at the point guard position. Senior guard Andrea Holmes, in her first game back from an season-ending injury last February, started the game at the same spot and finished with six points, three assists and a pair of steals.
“We are very happy with how we played tonight,” head coach Nicole Scholl said. “I expected our defense to be good, given the fact that we have a veteran team but it was also nice to see everyone score for us tonight.”
Binghamton jumped out to a 28-8 lead with 8:25 left in the first half. The Bearcats held Mansfield to just six field goals in the opening 20 minutes en route to a 42-14 lead at the break. Holmes and senior forward Viive Rebane each scored a team-high six points in the first half.
A 20-2 run in the opening 10 minutes of the second half gave the Bearcats a 64-16 lead.
Binghamton shot 50 percent for the game (32-of-64) and held Mansfield to 19.6 percent from the floor (11-of-56). The Bearcats also committed just eight turnovers.
Sophomore guard Jasbriell Swain added eight points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal while senior guard Orla O’Reilly turned in a seven-point, seven-rebound, two-assist, one-block, two steal effort.
In addition to Paulk, four other newcomers saw their first action as Bearcats on Tuesday. From that group, freshman Sherae Swinson chipped in seven points, five rebounds and two assists while sophomore forward Julia Barac finished with six points and three rebounds.
Binghamton opens up its 2011-12 season against Mt. St. Mary’s on Friday night at the Events Center.