VESTAL, N.Y. – Juliet Esadah finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds, powering UMBC (2-3, 2-1 AE) to a 57-54 win over Binghamton (0-5, 0-3 AE) in an America East women's basketball game on Sunday afternoon at Dr. Bai Lee Court at the Events Center. The game marked the first of back-to-back contests between the two teams, who will square off again on Monday at 2 p.m.

Juliet went 7-for-13 from the floor and hit five of her eight free throw attempts. She was joined in double figures by Kasey Gagan with 16 points and Jada Clowers with 10 points.

Sophomore guard Denai Bowman led the Bearcats with 18 points to go along with a career-high nine rebounds. She also tied her career best with four assists and added three steals.

Senior forward Kaylee Wasco notched her first career double-double. She finished with 10 points and grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds in the process.

The Bearcats were down 41-37 with nine minutes left in regulation but went on an 8-1 run over the ensuing 3:24 to go up 45-42. Bowman had six points, a steal and an assist during that stretch.

From there, however, UMBC answered with a 10-3 spurt to take a 52-48 lead with 2:18 left to go. Patricia Anumgba led the way with five points during that span.

Binghamton pulled to within 55-54 with 13 seconds left in regulation on a close-range jumper by sophomore forward Birna Benonysdottir.

Esadah nailed a pair of key free throws with six seconds remaining, extending the lead to 57-54. The Bearcats were then unable to hit a game-tying three-point shot at the buzzer.

"This was a gritty, back-and-fourth game," head coach Bethann Shapiro Ord said. "Kaylee and Denai are our two go-to players. We had the game where we wanted to at the end. We got the key stops and we had the ball in the hands of the people we wanted to but unfortunately, the shots didn't drop at the end of the game."

Binghamton shot 50 percent in the first half, hitting 11 of its 22 field goal attempts to take a 32-27 lead at the break. The third period, however, was the Bearcats' undoing. They scored just five points as the Retrievers went up 39-37 during that stretch.

Free throws also played a pivotal part of the outcome. UMBC made 13 of its 21 attempts while Binghamton went just 3-for-11 from the line. In the fourth period, the Bearcats made only one of their six free throws.

Sophomore forward Destiny Samuel and junior guard Hayley Moore each finished with six points and six rebounds. Moore also recorded a pair of steals. Freshman guard Elena Delicado also netted six points.

Bearcats are back at it again on Sunday against UMBC. Tip-off scheduled for 2 p.m.

Courtesy: Binghamton University Athletics