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Orla O’Reilly scores 29 in victory over Siena
November 16, 2011Tweet
Senior guard Orla O’Reilly netted a career-high 29 points, leading Binghamton (2-0) to an 80-70 win over Siena (0-2) in a non-conference women’s basketball game on Nov. 15, at the Alumni Recreation Center in Loudonville. With the victory, the Bearcats are off to their best start since the 1998-99 season.
O’Reilly, who scored 18 of her points in the second half, recorded the highest-scoring total by a Binghamton player since senior point guard Andrea Holmes had 32 points against Stony Brook on Jan. 16, 2011. Holmes, meanwhile, finished with 17 points while senior forward Viive Rebane added 13 points, eight rebounds, a career-high seven assists and three steals.
“We are happy to get a win in our first road game,” head coach Nicole Scholl said. “I thought our starting group did great. We talked before the game about wanting to be 10 points better then (Siena) and that’s what happened.
Holmes scored 12 of her points in the opening 20 minutes as the Bearcats took a 40-28 lead at the break. Binghamton shot 54.8 percent (17-of-31) in the opening 20 minutes of play. Siena, however, chipped away at the lead and got to within 67-61 with 3;24 left in regulation. On Binghamton’s ensuing trip down the floor, however, O’Reilly hit a clutch three point, increasing the lead to 70-61 with 3:08 to go. She then iced the game by hitting five of six free throws in the final minute.