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Hartford Hawk's upsets Binghamton Bearcats in AEast Basketball Quarterfinals

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The Binghamton women's basketball team (19-11) was defeated 72-68 by Hartford (18-12) 72-68 in overtime in an America East quarterfinal game on Friday night at the Cross Insurance Center. While the Bearcats are out of the conference tournament, they are in position to receive a bid to the Women's Basketball Invitational, which will make its selections on March 12.

Against the Hawks, sophomore guard Kai Moon led the Bearcats with 17 points to go along with seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Senior center Alyssa James recorded the 21st double-double of her career (16 points and 11 rebounds) and added three blocks while senior guard Imani Watkins finished with 15 points, six assists and five rebounds.

Binghamton appeared to be in control of the game when sophomore guard Carly Boland swished a three-point field goal with 3:30 left in regulation. At that point, the Bearcats were up 61-50.

From there, however, the Hawks came all the way back to tie the game at 63-63 with 11 seconds in regulation. Binghamton was unable to hit the game-winning shot at the buzzer in regulation.

In the overtime session, Watkins drained a three-point field goal, putting Binghamton up 66-65 with 3:41 remaining. On the ensuing possession, however, Mary Pattison converted a layup, putting Hartford ahead 67-66.

Lindsey Abed padded the Hartford lead to 70-66 with 1:18 left to go. After Rebecca Carmody cut the Hawk lead to 70-68 with 52 seconds left, Abed converted a pair of free throws with one second left to go.

Darby Lee of Hartford led all players with 25 points. She also added a game-high 12 rebounds. Abed finished with 14 points while Harrison added 13 points.

Binghamton's 19 wins represents its highest total since going 19-12 during the 2010-11 campaign.

The Bearcats entered the America East Tournament as the No. 3 seed – its highest since the 2011 season.

Courtesy; BU Athletics Department