Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Junior forward Sherae Swinson finished with 16 points and sophomore guard Kim Albrecht added 11 points and 10 rebounds, leading Binghamton to a 64-58 win over Rochester in an exhibition women’s basketball game on Tuesday night at the Events Center. The game marked the Bearcats’ lone preseason contest of the year.
Swinson added eight rebounds, two assists and a block. Albrecht, meanwhile, was a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line and also dished out a pair of assists. Also reaching double figures in scoring were sophomore forward Morgan Murphy (12 points, nine rebounds) and senior guard Vaneeshia Paulk (10 points).
Binghamton raced out to a 22-7 lead midway through the first half but the Yellow Jackets cut the deficit to 30-28 at the break. There was a pair of lead changes in the second half before the Bearcats were able to hold on for the win.
“We are happy with the win but we definitely got a little lax midway through the first half,” head coach Nicole Scholl said. “Rochester is a good team and I am proud that we responded late in the game. Still, we weren’t as strong as we needed to be defensively.”
Swinson and Albrecht each had four points during a 15-0 run in a span of 5:38 that vaulted the Bearcats to an 18-3 lead. The Yellow Jackets, however, closed the half on a 7-0 run to get within the 30-28 margin.
Danielle McNabb, who finished with 16 points, tied the game at 32-32 with 18:52 left in regulation. Exactly two minutes later, she gave Rochester its largest lead of the game at 39-36.
Murphy broke a 43-43 tie on a jumper with 12:56 left in regulation. From there, Binghamton went on a 15-8 run to take a 60-51 lead with 5:04 remaining. Albrecht capped the run with two of her free throws.
Rochester, however, refused to go quietly, scoring six unanswered points to pull within 60-58 with 1:22 left to go. McNabb had her final two points during that span as did Ally Zywicki, who also ended up with 16 points.
With 30 seconds remaining, Murphy sank another field goal to give the Bearcats a 62-58 cushion. Paulk then made a pair of free throws with one second left to ice the game.
The Bearcats shot 44 percent in the second half (13-29) and were 81 percent from the free throw line for the game (13-17).
Binghamton opens up its regular season at home on Friday night against Buffalo at 5:30 p.m.
(Courtesy: Binghamton University Athletics)