Albany, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Katie Roth netted a game-high 15 points, leading Hartford to a 68-53 win over Binghamton in an America East Women’s Basketball quarterfinal game on Friday afternoon at SEFCU Arena.
With the win, the Hawks avenged their loss to the Bearcats in last year’s conference quarterfinals.
Roth was one of three Hartford players to reach double figures in scoring. She was joined by Daphne Elliott with 11 points and Nikkia Smith with 10 points.
For the Bearcats, junior guard Stephanie Jensen netted a team-best 11 points while senior forward Kara Elofson concluded her career with 10 points and nine rebounds. Junior guard Jasbriell Swain, meanwhile, finished with seven points, 10 rebounds and three assists.
Hartford made its separation in the opening 20 minutes, shooting 50 percent (12-of-24) en route to taking a 32-22 lead. Elliott led the way with seven points and the Hawks drained three three-point field goals.
“Give Hartford credit,” head coach Nicole Scholl said. “They played very well in the first half and every time we made a run in the second half, they answered.”
A three pointer by senior guard Mallory Lawes pulled the Bearcats to within 34-29 with 16:24 left in regulation. The Hawks, however, responded with an 11-2 run over the next 3:03 to go up 45-31 with 13:00 left to play. Roth had one of Hartford’s three three-point field goals during that stretch.
Jensen pulled the Bearcats to within 60-52 when she nailed a three-point field goal with 1:55 left in regulation. Elliott and Smith then iced the game by going a combined 8-for-8 from the free throw line the rest of the way.
Swain now has 686 career rebounds, which is the seventh-best total in program history. Against the Hawks, she moved past Karen McClelland (1996-00), who had 679 career rebounds. In sixth place is Sonny Mehring (1978-82), who grabbed 681 career rebounds.