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Binghamton Women's Basketball Falls Short To Yale University

Binghamton Women's Basketball Falls Short To Yale University

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The Binghamton women's basketball team (20-12) ended its winningest season at the NCAA Division I level with a 70-64 loss to Yale (17-13) in a WBI quarterfinal game on Tuesday night at Dr. Bai Lee Court at the Events Center. Despite the setback, Binghamton's 2017-18 campaign featured its first 20-win season since 2000-01 and its first appearance – and victory – in a Division I national post-season tournament.

Playing in the final game of her prolific career, senior guard Imani Watkins led all scorers with 23 points. She finishes her career with a program-record 2,125 career points and moved into ninth place all-time in America East history. Watkins also recorded seven rebounds, seven steals and four assists against the Bulldogs.

Junior forward Rebecca Carmody scored 17 points, added eight rebounds and posted a pair of steals.

Yale jumped out to a 37-20 lead at the break but the Bearcats opened the third period with an 11-2 run to pull within 39-31 with 7:54 remaining. Carmody had four of her points during that stretch.

The Bulldogs regrouped and extended their lead to 57-44 with 7:34 left in the fourth period. Binghamton, however, rallied to within 66-61 on a three-point field goal by junior guard Carly Boland with 2:27 left in regulation.

Tamara Simpson gave Yale some breathing room on a layup with 1:42 remaining but Carmody converted a three-point play with 20 seconds left, trimming the deficit to 68-64.

Following a Binghamton miss, Roxy Barahman sealed the game for Yale on a layup with two seconds left.

Tori Andrews scored a team-high 16 points off the bench for Yale while fellow reserve Alexandra Maund added 14 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Simpson and Barahman each scored 11 points.

Yale shot 49.1 percent for the game (27-55) and was 6-of-13 from three-point range (46.2 %).

Binghamton, meanwhile, recorded 17 steals – its second-high total of the season – and turned the ball over just nine times. The Bearcats also scored 24 points off of Yale turnovers.

Watkins, who was named the America East Player of the Year two weeks ago, finishes the season with 20.5 points per game. That is the second-highest, single season total in program history.

Watkins also concluded her career with a program-record 244 three-point field goals. In addition, her 269 career steals ties for second all-time while her 412 assists represents the sixth-best total.

Senior center Alyssa James, who was named the America East Defensive Player for the third straight season, finishes her career with a program and conference record 270 blocks in just three seasons. She had three rejections in the game against Yale.

In addition, James' 1,097 points is the 13th-highest total in Binghamton program history and her 757 rebounds ranks fifth all time.

For the season, James' 3.4 blocks per game ranks second all-time while her 9.8 rebounds per game is the eighth-best total.