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Binghamton head coach Linda Cimino talks with the media after being named America East Coach of the Year on March 4. Cimino guided the women's basketball team to their best record since 2010-11.
Photo by Jonathan Cohen
Women’s basketball season ends in America East semifinals
March 7, 2016Tweet
A season in which the Binghamton women’s basketball team (14-17) exceeded all expectations came to an end with a 79-43 loss to four-time defending champion Albany (26-4) in the second round of the America East Tournament on March 6 at Dr. Bai Lee Court at the Events Center. The Bearcats were making their first appearance in the semifinal round since the 2012 campaign.
On March 5, senior guard Kim Albrecht scored 18 points and sophomore guard Imani Watkins netted 15 points, leading Binghamton (14-16) to a 49-41 win over UMBC (17-13) in an America East quarterfinal game
With just nine scholarship players on its active roster entering the season, the Bearcats were picked to finish last (ninth) in the America East. Instead, they finished tied for third during the regular season. Binghamton’s 14 victories more than tripled its four-win total from a year ago and was its highest win total since going 19-11 in 2010-11.
“I am so proud of our team and all that we accomplished this season,” head coach Linda Cimino said. “As upset as we are that we did not win today, I told the team in the locker room what a great season we had.”
Watkins finished the season averaging 16.0 points per game, which ties for the 12th-highest, single-season total in Binghamton program history. It also represents the highest average by a Bearcat player since Sarah Cartmill finished the 2001-02 season with 18.4 points per game. Earlier in the weekend, Watkins was named second-team all-conference.
Albrecht added 11 points to finish her career with 907 points. She ends her career ranked No. 19 all-time in program history in scoring, seventh with 118 three-point field goals and first with a .859 free throw percentage (231-269). Albrecht was named third-team all-conference before the start of the tournament.
Binghamton loses only Albrecht to graduation and will return sophomore point guard Jasmine Sina to its active roster next year. Sina was named the 2015 America East Rookie of the Year but missed this season due to an injury. In addition, the Bearcats will welcome five freshmen to their roster, all of whom signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) back in November.