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Bearcats fall to undefeated Syracuse
November 28, 2011Tweet
Kayla Alexander poured in a career-high 33 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while La’Shay Shaft netted 22 points, leading unbeaten Syracuse (5-0) to a 90-57 win at Binghamton (3-2) in a women’s basketball non-conference game on Nov. 26, at the Events Center. The 90 points scored by the Orange, who are receiving votes in the current ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches’ Poll, is the most the Bearcats have allowed in a game during their 10-year NCAA Division I era.
Alexander went 12-of-14 from the field and 9-of-12 from the free throw line. Taft, meanwhile, nailed a game-high six three pointers, a handful of which came from beyond the three-point arc.
“Syracuse is obviously a very good team,” head coach Nicole Scholl said. “I thought we came out with a very good game plan, but when you have one player scoring inside and another hitting those three pointers, that is going to be hard to stop.”
The Bearcats started the game on a 10-2 run in the opening 4:43. Senior forward Viive Rebane, who finished with a team-high 17 points and added 10 rebounds, had five of her points during that span. The 17 points ties Rebane’s season-high and she now has three double-doubles so far this year.
Binghamton still led 18-17 with 7:41 left in the first half, but the Orange took the lead for good with a 8-0 run in the ensuing 1:28 of play to go up 25-18.Taft and Alexander each had three points during that blitz. From there, Syracuse outscored the Bearcats 20-11 in the final five minutes of the first half. Taft and Alexander combined 16 of those points as the Orange took a 48-31 lead at the break.
The Bearcats clawed back to within 52-41 with 16:41 left in regulation, but Syracuse responded with a 19-6 run over the next seven minutes to go up 71-47 with 10:03 to to. Taft capped the spurt with back-to-back three pointers.
In the final eight minutes of the game, the Orange limited the Bearcats to three field goals.
Sophomore guard Jasbriell Swain finished with a season-high 12 points while senior guard Orla O’Reilly added 11 points. Junior forward Kara Elofson nearly posted a double-double, finishing with nine points and eight rebounds.