VESTAL — The UAlbany women’s basketball team had the perfect defensive blueprint Saturday against Binghamton, but they couldn’t repeat the effort 24 hours later.
UAlbany’s hopes for a weekend sweep against Binghamton were dashed Sunday afternoon, as Denai Bowman put up 21 points and 13 rebounds for the Bearcats in a 64-52 America East victory.
“We really wanted to get a sweep of Binghamton this weekend, and it would have been really great to get one on the road,” UAlbany coach Colleen Mullen said. “We know that we have to be able to play on the road, and we missed an opportunity today. We just didn’t defend like we did yesterday.”
Binghamton took the lead for good late in the first quarter, pushed it out to double digits in the second quarter and was largely comfortable the rest of the way. Binghamton shot 8 of 11 from the floor in the second quarter to forge its lead.
Down 36-26 at the half, UAlbany (5-5, 6-8) got within seven in the third quarter, but a 7-0 run pushed Binghamton’s lead back to 14 and the Great Danes only got as close as nine points the rest of the way.
Bowman scored her 21 points on 8 of 13 shooting for Binghamton (5-9, 5-11), which also got 11 points from Cassidy Roberts and 10 from Hayley Moore.
“With Ellen Hahne getting in foul trouble in the first quarter, Denai Bowman had some freedom to go off and get in rhythm,” Mullen said. “We didn’t have the same focus on the scout that we did yesterday and we gave up too many second-chance opportunities.”
Ellen Hahne scored a team-high 14 points and Kayla Cooper tallied a career-high 12 points to go along with seven rebounds for UAlbany. Helene Haegerstrand chipped in 11 points.
Binghamton finished with a 38-29 rebounding advantage and a 17-6 edge in second-chance points.
UAlbany is next scheduled to host Hartford for a two-game set at SEFCU Arena on Feb. 13 and 14.