Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
Visiting Hartford (12-14, 9-4 AE) held Binghamton (16-10, 9-4 AE) to 11 field goals and 24.4 percent shooting en route to a 55-37 win in an America East women's basketball game on Thursday night at the Events Center. The loss is the second straight home setback for the Bearcats.
Mary Silvia finished with a team-high 13 points while Ilicia Mathis added 11 points. The Hawk duo combined to go 6-for-11 from beyond the three-point arc.
Binghamton was led by junior point guard Andrea Holmes, who netted a game-high 14 points and junior forward Viive Rebane, who grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds, included 10 alone in the first half.
Clinging to a 22-21 lead with under a minute left in the opening half, the Hawks turned to Silvia, who drained a three-pointer with 37 seconds remaining. In the opening four minutes in the second half, Silvia had five more points as Hartford took a 32-22 lead.
The decisive Hartford spurt of the game was a 9-0 run in a span of 3:57 which stretched its advantage to 41-24 with 12:04 left in regulation. Silvia hit a three pointer and Mathis added a layup during that stretch.
It was defense, however, that decided the game in the final 20 minutes. In addition to outscoring the host squad 30-16, Hartford surrendered just four field goals and limited the Bearcats to just 19 percent shooting (4-of-21).
"I thought we came out in the first half and got some good looks but we weren't able to make the shots," head coach Nicole Scholl said. "Give Hartford credit with the way they played in the second half. They were great defensively."
Binghamton heads to Albany on Sunday for a 2 p.m. game.