DURHAM, N.H.-- Rachel Laws scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Binghamton University to a 63-56 overtime victory over the University of New Hampshire in women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium. With the victory, Binghamton improves to 8-4 overall and 3-1 in America East, while UNH falls to 6-7, 2-2.
After the score was deadlocked 56-56 at the end of regulation, Binghamton took control for good in the overtime session, outscoring the Wildcats 7-0 with seven free throws, three of the them by Laws.
The Wildcats who led by as many as 11 points in the second half (41-30) with 9:58 to play in the game, saw the Bearcats battle back following a 9-0 run that cut the UNH lead to just two points (41-39) with 7:45 to go. Laws was key during the stretch, scoring seven of the nine points. The teams played to four ties in the final 2:41 of regulation. UNH led by two points (56-54) on a layup by senior center Maren Matthias (Guilford, Conn.) with 1:14 to play, but a pair of free throws by Kristin Hibler with 45 seconds to play tied it and eventually sent it into overtime.
The first half featured very little scoring and the game was knotted at 12-12 with 9:17 to go before the intermission until UNH built its biggest lead of the opening stanza (23-16) with 2:08 to go before the half. However, Binghamton scored the final five points of the half to make it 23-21 at the intermission.
UNH was led in scoring by Matthias, who finished with a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds. She also had three assists, three blocks and two steals on the afternoon. Also scoring in double digits for the Wildcats was freshman forward Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario), who finished with 13 points and four rebounds.
In addition to the 22 points by Laws, Binghamton had three players score in double digits, as Hibler had 12 and Jen Blues had 11.
UNH shot .391 from the floor (25-64) as compared to a mark of .356 by Binghamton (21-59). The Wildcats outrebounded the visitors, 43-39.
The UNH women's basketball team will return to action on Wed., Jan. 21 at UMBC. The next home game for the team is Sat., Jan. 24, vs. Vermont. Game time is 1 p.m. in Lundholm Gymnasium.