Arkansas Meets Binghamton In New Mexico Tourney Championship

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Arkansas Meets Binghamton In New Mexico Tourney Championship

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Fresh off its 88-37 win over Southeast Missouri on Friday, the University of Arkansas women’s basketball team (7-0) will meet Binghamton (1-4) in the championship of the New Mexico Tournament on Saturday inside The Pit in Albuquerque, N.M.

Binghamton rallied from a nine-point deficit in the second half Friday night to defeat New Mexico for the team’s first win of the season. Sherae Swinson had 18 points and Kim Albrecht aped 15, as the Bearcats shot 50 percent on the night and were 13-for-17 from the free-throw line, advancing to the championship to face Arkansas.

Sophomore guard Kandace Newry stepped in and responded against New Mexico in her first start of the season. With the score tied at 53-53, Newry hit a three-pointer with 27 seconds left to give the Bearcats the late and final lead. Newry finished with seven points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals.

For Arkansas, the game Friday night against Southeast Missouri marked the first road trip away from Bud Walton Arena this season. For the five true freshmen on the roster, it was their first-ever collegiate road trip. The newcomers didn’t appeared phased, shooting 61 percent as a group.&Jessica Jackson&led all freshmen shooting 75 percent (6-8 FG).

Four Razorbacks scored in double figures, led by a 20-point, career-best performance from&Jhasmin Bowen.&Keira Peak&scored 15 points and&Calli Berna&aped 12 points to go along with 11 assists and seven rebounds. Freshman Jackson (15) reached double-digit scoring for the sixth time in seven games this season.

Perhaps more impressive than the Razorbacks’ scoring and 57 percent shooting was their efficiency. UA finished the game with 21 assists and committed a season-low seven turnovers while also forcing the Redhawks into 15 mistakes.

Saturday’s championship matchup marks the first-ever meeting between Arkansas and Binghamton, after the Bearcats formally entered the NCAA Division I level and became a member of the America East Conference in the fall of 2001.
BU finished 6-24 overall last season, including a 5-11 mark in conference play to finish eighth in league standings. Head coach Nicole Scholl is in her fifth season as head coach (64-94).

The Bearcats are led by Swinson, the team’s returning leading scorer. The 6-0 junior forward has again paced BU this campaign, averaging 14.2 points per game and aping in a team-leading 6.8 rebounds per contest.

Binghamton is -22.0 in scoring margin and -7.2 in rebounding margin so far this year. Arkansas has a +34.14 scoring margin and most recently out-rebounded Southeast Missouri 49-to-32.

Arkansas and Binghamton are scheduled to tip off at 6 p.m. Saturday inside The Pit. The game will air in Northwest Arkansas on KOSM-FM 92.1; in Rogers on KURM-AM 790; in Fort Smith on KFPW-FM and AM 94.5 FM and 1230 AM; and in Little Rock on KREB-FM 103.7.

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