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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Women's Hoops Falls To Binghamton, 63-43

Vestal, N.Y. - Stony Brook University's women's basketball team dropped an America East contest to the Binghamton Bearcats, 63-43, on Thursday night at the Events Center. Sophomore Sam Landers (Springfield, Va.) matched her career-best with a game-high 16 points.
Junior Destiny Jacobs (Glen Burnie, Md.) grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds for the Seawolves, while sophomore Juanita Cochran (Saginaw, Mich.) added 10 points and eight rebounds. Viive Rebane led four Binghamton players in double-figures with 14 points.
The teams played evenly over the first nine minutes, with Binghamton holding a slim 10-8 lead. Landers hit two threes in the first five minutes to account for the first six Stony Brook points.
Sophomore Amanda Corona (North Hollywood, Calif.) hit a three off an in-bounds play to give SBU an 11-10 lead before the Bearcats scored four straight points to take a three-point lead. Sophomore Gerda Gatling (Woodbridge, Va.) knocked down a jumper with the shot clock winding down to bring SBU within one but Orla O'Reilly answered with a three and Holmes followed with a three-point play to make it 20-13.
Stony Brook still trailed by six with just under four minutes remaining but Binghamton scored the next seven points to take its largest lead of the game, 28-15, with two minutes left. Landers hit two free throws with 59.7 seconds to go in the half but Sinead O'Reilly scored an inside hoop with 10 seconds left to send the Bearcats into the break with a 30-17 lead.
Binghamton pushed its lead to 17 early in the second half before sophomore Dani Klupenger (Aurora, Ore.) knocked down a long jumper to make it 36-21. Holmes then hit two free throws but Corona drilled a three from the right wing and Landers followed with a reverse lay-up to cut the SBU deficit to 12.

 
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But the Bearcats held SBU scoreless over the next five minutes as they built their lead back to 18 with nine minutes remaining. Landers ended the Stony Brook drought with a long jumper and Cochran then picked off a Bearcat pass and took it the length of the court for a lay-up and the foul. She then converted the free throw to make it 44-31 with 8:25 left.
A free throw from Jasbrille Swain pushed the Binghamton lead back to 14 but Corona answered with a three-point play to bring SBU within 11 for the first time since late in the first half. But that is as close as the Seawolves would get as Jackie Ward hit two free throws to kick start a 9-0 Binghamton run that put the game away.
Stony Brook held Binghamton to 33.8 percent shooting but shot a season-low 23.2 percent from the field. SBU turned the ball over just 12 times.
The Seawolves return to action on Wednesday, traveling to take on Vermont. Game time is set for 7 p.m.