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Rookie James leads Bearcats to big home win

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VESTAL, N.Y. – Sophomore forward Alyssa James scored a career-high 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, leading Binghamton (2-2) to a 74-18 victory over Cedar Crest in a women's basketball non-conference game on Saturday afternoon at Dr. Bai Lee Court at the Events Center. The win kept the Bearcats record perfect at home this season.

James connected on 10 of 15 shots from the floor in just 18 minutes of play to reach the 20-point mark for the first time in her Binghamton career. She now has a pair of double-doubles so far this year.

Senior guard Kim Albrecht and sophomore guard Imani Watkins each added 10 points. Freshman guard Rebecca Carmody, meanwhile, added eight points, five assists and a pair of steals.

Binghamton shot a season-best 56.7 percent from the field, connecting on 34 of its 60 shots. In addition, the Bearcats shared the ball and took care of the ball equally as well, notching 20 assists and committing just five turnovers. In the second half, the Bearcats turned the ball over only once.

All 10 Bearcats players reached the scoring column and played at least 15 minutes.

"I thought today was a very good team effort," head coach Linda Cimino said. "We shot the ball very well, took care of the ball and got everyone involved in the game."

Freshman guard McKayla Hernandez tied Carmody with a game-high five assists. Freshman forward Kennedi Thompson, meanwhile, scored a career-high eight points, grabbed six rebounds and blocked a shot.

Binghamton heads to Canisius on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. game.

NOTES: Including its exhibition victory over East Stroudsburg on Nov. 6, Binghamton is now 3-0 on its home court this season … for the season, James is averaging 15.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game. Watkins is pumping in 13.5 points per night while Albrecht is averaging 10.5 points per night … Watkins has reached double figures in scoring in each of the past three games.

(Courtesy: BU Athletics)