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Watkins breaks Binghamton's scoring record in senior day win

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VESTAL (WBNG) -- Senior guard Imani Watkins is officially Binghamton's all-time scoring leader.

Watkins drilled a contested three-pointer from the corner with 4:08 remaining in the first quarter to give her 2,025 career points, breaking Bess Greenberg's 17-year-old record of 2,024 points set from 1997-2001.

"Sometimes when you lose all those games, it's like, 'What is the hard work for?' But tonight, when the clock hit 0:00, when you hit that three and you fall to the ground, and you hear everyone go crazy, when your parents are proud, that is what all the hard work is for," Watkins said on her record-breaking day.

Binghamton (19-9, 10-4 AE) defeated UMass Lowell (4-25, 1-13 AE), 52-38, on senior day Saturday afternoon at Dr. Bai Lee Court at the Events Center.

"[Imani Watkins] is so special, so I'm going to try to not get emotional talking about her," said Binghamton head coach Linda Cimino. "But she came in here with a chip on her shoulder. This young kid from North Carolina, and she's grown into a strong, confident, independent woman ready to take on the world."

With the win, Binghamton matched its highest win total during the program's 17-year Division I era.

Watkins finished with just five points, snapping a streak of 26 consecutive games of scoring in double figures.

Senior center Alyssa James tallied 11 points, 12 rebounds, five blocks, two assists, and four steals in the victory. James notched her 1,000th career rebound in the third quarter.

Game Stats: http://bubearcats.com/news/2018/2/17/watkins-sets-all-time-scoring-record-as-womens-basketball-beats-umass-lowell-52-38.aspx

Next up, the Bearcats host Albany Thursday night at 7 p.m.

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