CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Albany, Boston U., Binghamton and Vermont opened the 2013 America East women's basketball conference season with wins on Wednesday night, with two games coming down to the wire.
Albany (10-3, 1-0) had a huge night offensively on the road against UMBC (4-10, 0-1), beating the Retrievers 87-33. The Great Danes’ 87-point performance was the highest point total for an America East team since New Hampshire scored 88 against Rhode Island on Jan. 1, 2011. It was the most points scored in a conference game since Vermont scored 92 against Albany on Jan. 10, 2010.
Ebone Henry led Albany with 25 points, while Julie Forster became the first player in program history to eclipse the 1,000 career rebound mark.
Boston U. (11-3, 1-0) notched its eighth-straight win, going on the road to defeat Stony Brook (8-6, 0-1), 72-61. The Terriers used a hot start to get past the Seawolves, hitting nine of their first 11 shots from 3-point range. Chantell Alford led the Terriers with 23 points, while Rashidat Agboola had nine points and a game-high 12 rebounds. The Seawolves came as close as six with 2:10 left, but Boston U. hit 5-of-8 from the free throw line to close the game.
The final two games of the evening both came down to the final possession. Vermont (4-10, 1-0) was able to get past New Hampshire (5-8, 0-1), 63-60, in overtime in Burlington. The Catamounts battled back from a six point deficit, outscoring the Wildcats 12-6 in the final five minutes of regulation to force overtime.
With the game knotted at 60, Tierra Shumpert was fouled driving to the basket and converted both free throws with 28 seconds left. On the ensuing New Hampshire possession, Lauren Buschmann picked off an entry pass to the post with less than 10 seconds to go to seal the win. Buschmann had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Binghamton (2-12, 1-0) snapped a four-game losing streak, nipping Hartford (9-5, 0-1), 46-44. It was the third-straight conference opening win for the Bearcats, who beat the Hawks at the Events Center for the first time since Feb. 23, 2005. Jasbriell Swain had eight points and 16 rebounds in the contest for Binghamton.
The Bearcats trailed by 11 in the second half, but held Hartford without a field goal over the final five minutes of regulation to get the victory. Swain's jumper with just over two minutes left put Binghamton up 44-42, and free throws closed the game out for the home team.