DURHAM, N.H. – Denise Beliveau (Framingham, Mass.) scored a team-high 11 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for her eighth double-double of the season, but the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team was defeated by Binghamton University, 59-50, on Sunday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium.
Beliveau was selected as the America East Player of the Game for New Hampshire, notching double-digit points for the second time in the last three games. She has registered 11 double-doubles in her career, including a season-best eight this year.
Viive Rebane took home player of the game honors for Binghamton, registering a game-high 22 points on 10-of-19 shooting from the floor. She also tallied 11 rebounds, two assists and one steal.
Holmes chipped in with 20 points, seven rebounds, two assists and one steal for the Bearcats.
Kelsey Hogan (Nashua, N.H.), Lauren Wells (West Chester, Pa.) and Cari Reed (Oswego, N.Y.) all finished with nine points, while Kate Early (Corning, N.Y.) scored seven points and tallied a season-high nine rebounds.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 5-0 lead on a put-back from Reed and a Wells 3-pointer, but the Bearcats responded by scoring the next 10 points, including eight consecutive points from Holmes to seize a 10-5 advantage at 15:06. Hogan tallied four points during a 6-0 spurt that allowed New Hampshire to reclaim the lead, 12-10, with 13:44 remaining in the first frame.
The teams were tied twice and exchanged the lead five times in the first half, with UNH building another five-point lead at 24-19 courtesy of two straight buckets from Early. However, Binghamton closed out the half on a 10-2 run, as Rebane scored the final six points of the half, giving the Bearcats a 29-26 halftime lead.
The Bearcats stretched their lead back to five points, 33-28, on two more Rebane baskets early in the second half to wrap up a 14-4 run, before UNH rattled off seven straight points on a Hogan 3 and hoops from Reed and Beliveau for a 35-33 lead with 15:48 remaining.
Despite the offensive surge, that would be the last time the Wildcats would hold the advantage the rest of the way, as Binghamton pieced together a 14-6 scoring run to claim a 47-41 edge with 4:48 remaining.
Jackie Ward polished off the run with a layup, but on the ensuing possession Reed delivered a much needed bucket for the 'Cats, dropping in a layup at 4:40 to cut the deficit down to five.
Following Reed's basket, Sinead O'Reilly and Rebane tallied buckets on back-to-back possessions, igniting an 8-0 run by the Bearcats to close out the contest and secure the win.
UNH takes to the road with a game against Stony Brook University on Wednesday, Feb. 9, beginning at 7 p.m. The Wildcats' next home game will take place Sunday, Feb. 13, at 1 p.m. against UMBC. For ticket information, CLICK HERE or call (603) 862-4000, x 5.