Bearcats Women's Basketball Fends Off Defending Conference Champion Catamounts
The Bearcats would pick up a statement win at the Events Center on Saturday afternoon by defeating the former America East Conference Champion Vermont Catamounts in a 66-57 victory.
Binghamton would trail at halftime 29-20 but would explode in the second half outscoring Vermont 46-28 to secure the win over the first place Catamounts.
Binghamton graduate student guard Denai Bowman would eclipse the 1400 points marker in the win as she had 18 points in the victory and only needed 9 to reach that milestone, Bowman who now is 6th athlete in the programs history to record 1400 points says it is a honor but that now it is back to business.
"it is a great accomplishment," said Bowman. "But we got to keep working from here".
Shortly behind Bowman was Camryn Fauria for the Bearcats with 16 points and going 5-6 from the field including 2-3 from outside the arc.
Jadyn Weltz and Ella Wanzer would also add double digits for the Bearcats with 12 and 10 respectively. The biggest takeaways from the fourth quarter is that Binghamton was red hot on offense going 6 for 9 from the field and 13 of 14 from the free-throw line.
Head Coach Bethann Shapiro Ord says that this team will enjoy the win but are acknowledging that they need to continue to put the pressure on through the rest of the season.
"We cannot stop working just because it is the middle of the season," said Ord. "It is grind time".
Ord also acknowledged that the win was a team effort and that it builds from practice and even individuals on the team who may have not seen the court in the win.
"There is some kids that might not get in the games," said Ord. "But they go hard at each other and that is why these three (Bowman, Fauria, Weltz) and the rest of the team do so well because they keep competing in practice."
Binghamton's next contest will be on the road when they will travel to the University at Albany for an 11 A.M. start against the Great Danes on Thursday February 8. The game at UAlbany begins a three game road trip for the Bearcats who will be back at home on Saturday February 17 for senior day against NJIT.