VESTAL, N.Y.-- Rachel Laws scored a game-winning basket with 10 seconds to go to end a furious comeback by the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team and give Binghamton University a 70-68 America East victory in the final regular season game for both teams on Saturday afternoon.
Despite the loss, UNH (12-15, 7-9 America East) remains the fourth-seeded team heading into the conference tournament thanks to victories today by Vermont over Stony Brook and Hartford over Northeastern. As a result, UNH will play fifth-seeded Stony Brook on Thursday, March 13, in an 8:30 p.m. matchup at Hartford University.
UNH, which was led by junior center Maren Matthias' game-high 23 points, trailed by as many as 11 (60-49) with 9:02 to go before going on a furious 19-8 run that included 12 consecutive points by Matthias from the 5:20 mark until 1:13. Her final basket brought her team to within two points (68-66). Sophomore guard Geneva Livingston (Red Bank, N.J.) connected on two free throws to tie things up (68-68) with 48 seconds left, but the only points the rest of the way was the game-winner by Laws with 10 seconds to play. UNH called a timeout with seven seconds left but was not able to tie or win.
The Wildcats led by as many as 12 points (30-18) in the opening half following a pair of free throws by senior forward Aubrey Danen (Oconomowoc, Wis.) with 3:17 to go before the intermission. However, Binghamton put together a 12-0 run in the final 2:31 of the opening stanza to knot things up 30-30 at the half.
Danen was the only other Wildcat to score in double figures with 16 points and six rebounds.
Binghamton (10-15, 6-10 America East) had four players score in double digits and was led by Jennifer Blues with 17 points and six rebounds, while Laws finished with 11 points.
The Bearcats won the battle of the boards on the afternoon (39-30), but UNH shot better from the floor with a field goal percentage of .480 (24x50) as compared to .466 by the home team (27-58).