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Big third quarter lifts Bearcats to upset over Stony Brook

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VESTAL, N.Y. – Sophomore guard Imani Watkins scored 17 points, leading Binghamton (10-12, 5-4 AE) to a 54-47 win over Stony Brook (14-8, 6-3 AE) in an America East women's basketball game on Wednesday evening at the Events Center. With the victory, the Bearcats are now 7-2 on their home court this year and have already reached the 10-win mark for the first time since the 2011-12 campaign.

Watkins also added a team-high eight rebounds, dished out a pair of assists and recorded two steals. Freshman guard Rebecca Carmody added 12 points and six rebounds while senior guard Kim Albrecht scored all of her points from the free throw line, going a perfect 9-for-9 in the process.

The Seawolves were averaging 62.5 points, which ranked second in the America East, coming into the game. Binghamton, however, held them to just 35.8 percent shooting (19-of-54) and scored 20 points off of turnovers. On the other end of the court, the Bearcats turned the ball over just nine times.

"We came out and played really hard and strong today," head coach Linda Cimino said. "We did a great job defensively, holding Stony Brook to under 50 points, did not allow a lot of offensive rebounds and we turned the ball over just nine times. Our kids were excited all week to play this game."

After trailing 20-17 at the half, Binghamton took command of the game in the third period. It opened up with a 13-3 run in the first 4:35 to go up 30-23. Carmody had five of her points during that stretch. Stony Brook, however, got to within 35-31 at the end of the period.

Up 41-38 with 4:17 left in regulation, Binghamton scored seven straight points to go up 48-38 with 1:29 remaining. From there, Albrecht iced the game by going 6-for-6 from the free throw line.

Albrecht, who came into the game ranked first in nation in free throw percentage, is now shooting .925 for the season (.927). Against Stony Brook, she also added seven rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals.

Sophomore forward Alyssa James blocked a game-high three shots to go along with seven points and six rebounds. She came into the game ranked first in the America East with 2.9 blocks per game.

Davion Wingate of Stony Brook led all scorers with 19 points.

Binghamton heads to New Hampshire on Saturday for a 1 p.m. game.

NOTES: Binghamton now has three games this season with fewer than 10 turnovers. They had only five against Cedar Crest on Nov. 21 and nine against NJIT on Nov. 16 … James now has 64 blocks this season, which is the fifth-highest, single-season total in program history.

(Courtesy: BU Athletics)