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Rebane, Holmes spark Bearcats
February 8, 2011Tweet
DURHAM, N.H.—Junior forward Viive Rebane carried the Bearcats on the strength of a career-high 22 points as Binghamton (16-8, 9-2 AE) fended off a pesky New Hampshire (7-16, 4-7 AE) squad, 59-50, in an America East women’s basketball game Feb. 6, at Lundholm Gymnasium. The victory was the Bearcats’ ninth straight victory over the Wildcats as Binghamton improved to 16-5 all-time against New Hampshire.
Rebane posted 13 of her game-high 22 points in the second half and pulled down 11 rebounds for her 10th career double-double. She combined with junior point guard Andrea Holmes for 42 of the team’s 59 points. Holmes added 20 points for the 15th time in her career on 6-of-15 shooting. She knocked down three pivotal free throws in the game’s final minute.
The tandem of Rebane and Holmes was also the last Bearcats duo to score 20-plus points in the same game. Holmes led the way with 21 points, while Rebane poured in 20 in the team’s win over Siena back on Dec. 7.
“We talked about how New Hampshire was a tough team on their home floor and we did come out a little shaky in the first half,” head coach Nicole Scholl said. “But I thought we were much more resilient down the stretch than we have been in years past.”
Denise Beliveau led New Hampshire as the only Wildcat in double figures with 11 points.
Freshman guard Jasbriell Swain recorded double-digit rebounds for her third consecutive game with 11 for the contest. She hauled in 14 rebounds in the win over Maine on Jan. 29, and notched a freshman-record 17 boards against UMBC on Feb. 2. Her two-game total of 31 rebounds represents the most by any Bearcat since current assistant coach Leah Truncale added 31 over two games during the 2001-02 season.
The Bearcats registered consecutive baskets as time expired on the shot clock in a span of 45 seconds midway through the second half. Holmes maneuvered through UNH’s zone via the dribble-drive for a finger-roll layup with 8:03 remaining. In the ensuing possession, Rebane equaled her career high of 20 points with a three-pointer as the shot clock expired, raising the team’s advantage to 45-40.
Back-to-back New Hampshire turnovers following the first media timeout of the second-half translated into four easy Binghamton points. Holmes reached double figures for the 12th time in the last 13 games on a transition jumper, while Rebane converted a fast-break layup as Binghamton retook the lead, 37-33.
Binghamton hit 12-of-26 field goals in the opening frame, forging a 29-26 lead at the break. Clinging to a one-point lead in the closing seconds, the Bearcats forced a turnover with the shot-clock winding down and Orla O’Reilly outletted the loose ball up to Rebane for a breakaway layup with 11 seconds remaining.