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Senior center Alyssa James finished with 21 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks, powering Binghamton (15-7, 6-3 AE) to a 62-48 win over Vermont (6-15, 3-5 AE) in an America East women's basketball game on Wednesday night at Patrick Gym. With the victory, the Bearcats extend their unbeaten streak to four games and have already reached their highest win total since the 2010-11 campaign.
James went 6-of-11 from the field and was 9-of-10 from the free throw line. She reached the 20-point mark for the ninth time in her career and posted her 18th career double-double. In addition, James extended her Binghamton and America East all-time records to 241 career blocks.
Senior guard Imani Watkins scored 19 points and added seven rebounds while sophomore guard Kai Moon netted 12 points.
In the first half, Vermont drained six three-point field goals and took a 32-27 lead. The Catamounts, who were up by as much as 24-14 early in the second period, shot 48 percent from the field (13-of-27) and 50 percent from three-point range during the opening 20 minutes.
In the third quarter, Binghamton rallied to go up 39-38 on a three-point field goal by Moon with 5:25 remaining. From there, the lead went back and forth before Binghamton scored the final three points of the period to go up 43-41.
Binghamton took over in the fourth period, as it outscored the Catamounts 19-7 during that span. In the final 3:36 of the game, Moon drained a crucial three-point field goal and went 4-for-4 from the field, giving the Bearcats the cushion they needed to finish the game.
The Bearcats forced 11 turnovers, eight of which came in the second half, and converted them into 17 points. From the free throw line, Binghamton finished 17-of-20 for the game (85 percent).
Hayley Robertson led Vermont with 11 points.
With 996 points during her three years at Binghamton, James moves into 16th place all time in program history. Against Vermont, she surpassed Sherae Swinson, who scored 985 points from 2011-15. James remains in ninth place all time in program history with 661 career rebounds.
Watkins, meanwhile, now has 1,955 career points. She remains in second place all time in program history, trailing only Bess Greenberg (1997-01) who finished her career with 2,024 points.
Binghamton returns home to face Maine on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Courtesy: BU Athletics