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James holds a block party in BU loss

CINCINATTI, Ohio – It was a record-setting afternoon for sophomore forward Alyssa James and an equally impressive effort by the Binghamton women's basketball team against BIG EAST foe Xavier in a non-conference women's basketball game on Saturday afternoon at Cintas Center. The Bearcats (2-4) nearly rallied from a 24-point deficit before losing 64-55 to the Musketeers (4-1).

James finished with 15 points, a game-high and career-high 11 rebounds and a school-record nine blocks. The previous record of eight blocks was set by current Bearcat assistant coach Leah Truncale on Nov. 24, 2001 against Morehead State and was later tied by Laura Franceski against Maine on Jan. 31, 2009.

In addition, James' nine blocks sets the America East Conference single-game record. The old mark of eight blocks was shared by five different players, including Truncale and Franceski.

"Alyssa's defense was unbelievable today" head coach Linda Cimino said. "Besides finishing one block shy of a triple-double, she took three charges."

Senior guard Kim Albrecht finished with a game-high and season-best 20 points. She went 7-for-17 from the field and was a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line. In the process, she reached the 20-point mark for the third time in her career.

Xavier was led in scoring by Briana Glover with 14 points and Raeshaun Gaffney with 13 points.

The Bearcats were down 21-4 after one period of play and 34-14 at the half. The Bearcats shot only 19 percent from the field while the Musketeers shot 43 percent.

In the second half, the Bearcats came storming back. After pulling to within 48-34 at the end of the third period, they got to within 48-40 on a layup by sophomore guard Imani Watkins with 7:41 left in regulation.

A three-point field goal by Gaffney pushed the Musketeer lead back up to 55-44 with 5:22 left to go. From there, however, Binghamton went on a 7-2 run to get to within 57-51 with 2:30 remaining. Albrecht punctuated the run with her final field goal of the game.

Xavier sealed the win by connecting on five of six free throws in the final 40 seconds of play.

In the second half, Binghamton shot 54 percent, hitting 19 of 35 field goals. For the game, the Bearcats turned the ball over just 12 times.

"I am so proud of our defensive effort in the second half," Cimino said. "We played hard and we were tough. That is going to be our brand of basketball. Never count us out. I am so proud of our players."

Watkins finished with eight points, four rebounds, a game-high five assists and a team-high three steals. Freshman guard Rebecca Carmody also netted eight points and added four rebounds and an assist.

Freshman guard McKayla Hernandez dished out four assists and recorded a game-high and career-best four steals.

Binghamton travels to Brown on Thursday for a 7 p.m. game.

NOTES: Xavier went 18-15 last season and advanced to the WBI quarterfinals … James now has three double-doubles in six games. For the season, she is averaging a team-best 15.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game ... Franceski was the most recent America East player to record eight blocks in a game.

(Courtesy: BU Athletics)