VESTAL, N.Y.- Amy Simpson (Waterford, Conn.) posted a career-high 21 points, including a career-best six 3-pointers to lead the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team, but it was not enough as the Binghamton Bearcats defeated the Wildcats, 66-61 on Saturday afternoon at Binghamton’s Events Center. With the loss, the Wildcats fall to 9-19, 4-12 in America East and secure the ninth place seed in the America East tournament. The Bearcats close out the regular season with a record of 11-18, 7-9 in America East.
The Wildcats enjoyed a .750 shooting percentage (6-of-8) from 3-point land during the first half. Simpson went 4-for-5 from beyond the 3-point arc, totaling 12 points, leading the Wildcats in scoring during the first half of action. Salee-Marie Johnson (Brampton, Ontario) went 3-for-3 during the first half, including sinking both of her two 3-point attempts. She finished the half with eight points, four rebounds, and two steals for the Wildcats.
The first half was a back-and-forth affair with the score even four times and six lead changes, but it was Binghamton who took the one-point lead (30-29) lead into the locker room at the half.
The Wildcats held the Bearcats scoreless for over four minutes to open up the second half of action taking over with a seven point lead (39-32) with 13:22 remaining. Binghamton missed 11 straight shots, before recorded its first field goal of the half, a 3-pointer by Shea Kenny, at 13:15.
The Bearcats went on a 9-2 run taking back a one-point lead (42-41) with 7:43 remaining. Binghamton continued to hold the lead, going up by eight points (59-51) on another 3-pointer by Kenny with 2:23 remaining. Kenny finished the game with a career-high 17 points and was selected as America East Player of the Game for the home team. Simpson, the Wildcats America East Player of the Game, hit a three with 22 seconds remaining to bring the Wildcats within four points of the Bearcats (63-59), but Binghamton was able to hold on to the lead and the win.
Johnson finished the game with 11 points and seven rebounds for the Wildcats. Senior guard Whitney Edwards (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.) also posted in double-figures for the Wildcats with 10 points. She also dished out five assists. Senior Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario) pulled down nine boards, including six on the offensive end, to lead the Wildcats in rebounding.
With the loss the Wildcats are seeded ninth in the America East tournament and will face eighth-ranked Albany in the opening-round game on Thurs., March 8. The game will be played at Binghamton University’s Events Center. Tip-off between the Wildcats and the Great Danes is 7 p.m.