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Swain’s layup lifts Bearcats to victory over Albany
February 22, 2011Tweet
Freshman guard Jasbriell Swain made the game-winning layup with 59 seconds to go, leading Binghamton (17-10, 10-4 AE) to a 41-40 win over Albany (15-12, 8-6 AE) in an America East women’s basketball game on Feb. 20, at SEFCU Arena in Albany. The win snapped the Bearcats’ two-game losing skid heading into the final week of the regular season.
The 10 conference wins represents the third time in its 10 years in the America East that the women’s team has reached the double-digit mark. The 2001-02 squad went 10-6, while the 2003-04 team finished 12-6.
With her team down 40-39, Swain drove to the right of the basket but missed a layup with a minute to go. She got her own rebound on the opposite side of the hoop, however, and made the most of her second chance.
“We are happy to get back on the winning track,” head coach Nicole Scholl said. “This was not a pretty game but (Swain) did a great job getting her own rebound and making the winning shot.”
Swain finished with seven points, a game-high 14 rebounds, two assists and three steals. Junior point guard Andrea Holmes had the game high with 13 points while junior forward Viive Rebane had eight points, 13 rebounds and a pair of blocks.
Things looked good for the Bearcats when senior guard Jackie Ward made a steal and hit the ensuing jump shot with 6:40 to go, giving the Bearcats a 37-31 lead. From there, however, Albany went on a 9-2 run to go up 40-39 with 2:32 left in regulation. Cassandra Callaway, who finished with a team-high 12 points, made the go-ahead shot on a three pointer.
Following Swain’s decisive shot, Binghamton held Albany scoreless on its final two trips down the court.