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Carmody Lifts Bearcats In Buzzer Beater Thriller

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VESTAL, N.Y. – Freshman guard Rebecca Carmody netted the go-ahead basket at the buzzer, leading Binghamton (6-9, 1-1 AE) to a 51-50 win over New Hampshire (6-8, 0-1 AE) in an America East women's basketball game on Saturday afternoon at the Events Center. The victory keeps the Bearcats unbeaten on their home floor through six games this season.

The Wildcats were up 50-47 when sophomore guard Imani Watkins was fouled while shooting a three-point field goal attempt with seven seconds left. After making the first two free throws, she missed the final shot but sophomore forward Alyssa James grabbed the offensive rebound.

After the Bearcats called a timeout, senior guard Kim Albrecht's three-point field goal attempt bounced of the rim. Carmody, however, grabbed the rebound and quickly connected on a layup before the final horn.

"It's a great win at home," head coach Linda Cimino said. "It's great that we could stay undefeated at home. I am really proud of our girls. They never gave up, fought until the final buzzer and that's what it's all about."

Watkins finished with 20 points, nine rebounds, four assists and five steals. She has now reached the 20-point mark in scoring two straight games, averaging 23.5 points during that stretch.

Albrecht had 13 points while James added 12 points, nine rebounds and five blocks. James continues to lead the conference with 3.1 blocks per game.

Although Carmody finished with just four points, she did add six rebounds and four steals.

Binghamton was up 25-21 at the half but the Wildcats went on a 17-7 run to go up 38-32 with 2:58 remaining in the third period. Elizabeth Belanger, who finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, had nine of her points during that stretch.

The Bearcats regrouped to tie the game at 41-41 at the end of the third period and the game was deadlocked again at 47-47 with 45 seconds left in regulation. Emily Peters then put New Hampshire up by a point by sinking the first of two free throws with 30 seconds left.

Belanger's final two points came on a pair of free throws with 16 seconds left, putting the Wildcats up by three points. That set the stage, however, for the Bearcats' heroics down the stretch.

Carlie Pogue added 14 points and seven rebounds for New Hampshire.

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

(Courtesy: BU Athletics)