Friday, February 27th
BURLINGTON, Vt. – On "Senior Night" at Patrick Gymnasium senior Lauren Buschmann posted her 12th career double-double, and second in three games, with game-highs of 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Vermont Catamounts to a 61-43 victory over visiting Binghamton in America East women's basketball action at Patrick Gymnasium.
Vermont improves to 9-19 overall and 6-9 in America East. The Bearcats fall to 5-23 on the season and 4-11 in league play. Vermont sits in a three-way tie for fourth place in the regular season standings with UMBC and Stony Brook. With Boston U (currently second in the standings) unable to participate in the upcoming America East Tournament because the Terriers are leaving America East following this season, all three teams are fighting for the No. 3 seed.
Buschmann went 7-for-10 from the field and added four assists and four steals. Fellow senior Lauren Wheeler added a season-high 15 points and made a career-high four 3-pointers. Sophomore Niki Taylor added 12 points on 6-for-11 shooting.
Jasbriell Swain paced Binghamton with a team-high 13 points and nine rebounds.
"I'm so pleased and so happy for our girls, in particular our seniors, who had a great senior night. Their last game at Patrick was pretty emotional, but they came out and played hard. Things were going well and we were hitting our shots. The biggest thing was our assists, we had 17 assists tonight which showed how well we shared the ball and moved the ball. We also played really well on defense," said Vermont head coach Lori Gear McBride.
The Catamounts limited Binghamton to just four field goals and 19 percent shooting from the floor in the first half. UVM exploded for a season-high 36 points in the first stanza behind a 45.5 percent shooting effort from the floor.
UVM led from wire-to-wire, jumping out a 7-0 lead just three minutes into the game. Binghamton sliced the lead to two at the 16:32 mark, but the Catamounts quickly extended its lead to double digits with a 12-4 spurt. The Bearcats trimmed the lead back to single digits at the 8:06 mark, but did not score another field goal until Swain converted a layup with 12 seconds left in the half.
Vermont took a 36-15 advantage into halftime and Buschmann scored 15 of her 19 points in the first stanza.
The Catamounts' lead grew to 25 in the opening minutes of the second half and Vermont cruised to its eighth win at Patrick Gymnasium.
"The seniors have meant so much to this program. I'm pleased with the victory, but more pleased that they were able to have a great game to end their careers at home on a such a positive note," continued Gear McBride.
Vermont will close out the regular season on Saturday (March 2) at Hartford. Tipoff at Chase Family Arena is scheduled for 2 p.m.
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