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Junior point guard Andrea Holmes scored a game-high 19 points, leading Binghamton to a 65-55 victory over Cornell (2-10) in an non-conference women’s basketball game on Jan. 3, at the Events Center. With the victory, the Bearcats (7-6) clinch their first winning record against non-conference opponents in five years.
Holmes was one of four Bearcats to score in double figures. Junior forward Viive Rebane added 12 points, five rebounds and five assists while freshman guard Jasbriell Swain added 11 points and 10 rebounds. In her first start of the season, senior guard Jackie Ward finished with 10 points. Sophomore forward Kara Elofson, meanwhile, tied a career high with 12 rebounds.
“It’s nice to get a win on our home court heading into conference play,” head coach Nicole Scholl said. “Andrea and Viive played well tonight and it was good to see Jackie come back.”
Starting in place of junior guard Orla O’Reilly, who was out sick, Ward scored all of her points in the first half as the Bearcats took a 43-33 lead at the break. Swain, who now has four double-doubles this season, also scored all of her points in the opening 20 minutes. The key spurt for the Bearcats was a 16-4 run in a span of 5:11 which put them up 39-30 with 2:38 left before halftime.
Holmes, meanwhile, scored 10 of her points in the second half.
After shooting 50 percent in the first half, Binghamton only shot 33 percent in the second half. The Big Red, however, made only six field goals in the final 20 minutes.
Clare Fitzpatrick led Cornell (2-10) with 18 points and Allyson DiMango added 13 points.