Rebecca Carmody scored in double figures the last two games to help the Binghamton University women’s basketball to its best start in five seasons.
The Bearcats won three times in the last six days, putting them at 3-1 for the first time since the 2011-12 season.
Carmody, a Western Wayne and JB Hoops graduate, is third on the team in field goal percentage and blocked shots, tied for third in scoring and fourth in rebounds while going 11-for-12 from the line.
The 5-foot-9 forward had 9 points in 15 minutes, going 3-for-4 from the floor and hitting her only 3-point attempt, in Monday’s 90-36 rout of SUNY Cortland.
Carmody came off the bench for the second straight game and helped Binghamton rally from an early 17-3 deficit to defeat defending Ivy League champion Pennsylvania, 77-72, Wednesday. She had 11 points and 7 rebounds in 32 minutes.
Binghamton went ahead, 48-44, with a 12-4 run in the third quarter that included 4 points by Carmody.
“This is a huge win for our program,” Binghamton coach Linda Cimino said, according to a story on the school website. “Penn is a very good, well-coached team and this is the kind of win we can use to spark us for the rest of the season.”
Binghamton took that spark to Utah where it defeated Southern Utah, 72-66, on its way to playing in the 40th annual Great Alaska Shootout.
Carmody, who also had started the opener, returned to the starting lineup and hit all 6 of her free throws while scoring 12 points and grabbing 8 rebounds in 30 minutes.
Binghamton plays Tulsa Tuesday night in Anchorage. Alaska-Anchorage and Maryland-Eastern Shore are also in the tournament, which concludes Thursday afternoon.
Carmody is averaging 9.0 points and 6.0 rebounds.