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Second quarter ambush sails Bearcats past Vermont

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VESTAL, N.Y. – Senior guard Kim Albrecht scored a game-high 19 points, leading Binghamton (11-15, 6-7 AE) to a 66-52 win over Vermont (7-19, 2-11 AE) in an America East women's basketball game on Tuesday night at the Events Center. With the victory, the Bearcats snap their three-game losing streak and improve to 8-3 at home this season.

Albrecht was a perfect 5-for-5 from beyond the three-point arc and sank both of her free throw attempts. She continues to lead the nation in free throw percentage, having made 72 of her 78 attempts this season (.923).

Sophomore forward Alyssa James finished with 15 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks. She continues to lead the America East in blocks per game (3.08).

Sophomore guard Imani Watkins, meanwhile, turned in a 12-point, 11-rebound, six-assist performance. It marked her third career game with at least a double-double.

It was the second period of the game that proved decisive. The Bearcats held a 12-10 lead after 10 minutes but erupted for 26 points to take a 38-19 lead at the half.

Up 14-12 with 9:27 left in the second period, the Bearcats scored 14 unanswered points to go up 28-12 with 5:07 remaining in the half. James and junior forward Kristin Ross each scored four points during that stretch.

The Bearcat defense, meanwhile, held the Catamounts to just one made free throw over the final 3:50 of the second quarter. In that same span, freshman guard Rebecca Carmody scored four of Binghamton's seven points and Albrecht added a pair of free throws with four seconds to go before the break.

Binghamton built its lead up to as much as 43-21 on a three-point field goal by Albrecht with 6:15 left in the third period.

The Catamounts, meanwhile, were unable to get to within 14 points until the final basket of the game.

"I was very proud of how we came out tonight and defended our home court," head coach Linda Cimino said. "We shot the ball very well in the second quarter, attacked the basket and got to the free throw line."

Lauren Handy led Vermont with 17 points. Hayley Robinson added 12 points and Katie LaVelle grabbed a team-best 10 rebounds.

Carmody finished with nine points, nine rebounds and a pair of steals.

For the game, Binghamton finished 7-for-9 from three point range. It also scored 19 points off of Catamount turnovers.

Up next for Binghamton is its Senior Day Game on Saturday at 2 p.m. against UMass Lowell at the Events Center. It will be followed by the Bearcat men's game, also against the River Hawks.

(Courtesy: BU Athletics)