Rebecca Carmody got Binghamton University into overtime Saturday, allowing the Bearcats to extend their winning streak to six games by winning their America East women’s basketball opener over the host University of Maine, 66-62.
The Western Wayne and JB Hoops alum made a steal, which she took in for a layup and the last points of regulation, forcing a 59-59 tie. She stole an in-bounds pass to set up the score with 1:04 left in the fourth quarter.
“I just jumped up,” Carmody, who plays forward at the Division I school at 5-foot-9, said in the postgame press conference. “I can jump pretty high and I tipped it.
“Then, I saw a wide-open court and I took it.”
Binghamton improved to 10-4 overall with the win.
During the winning streak, the Bearcats have won in overtime twice, relying on Carmody for at least 40 minutes of playing time in each.
Carmody had a season-high 4 steals in the win, along with 12 points and 5 rebounds.
The junior has played 14 games, including 12 starts. She is averaging 8.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steals while shooting 45.7 percent from the floor and 84.8 percent from the line.
Carmody’s twin sister also had a big game in a conference opener Saturday, but Rachel Carmody’s effort was not enough for Misericordia University.
Rachel Carmody had a career-high 16 rebounds, 12 on the defensive end, and also had her second-highest scoring game of the season with 19 points in a 66-63 Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom loss to FDU-Florham.
Carmody was a second-team MAC Freedom all-star last season when she averaged 12.2 points and 8.3 rebounds while starting all 28 games.
This season, Carmody is averaging 11.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 0.9 blocked shots in 11 games. She is shooting 40.5 percent from the floor and 68.8 percent from the line.
The Misericordia University men are off to a 2-0 start in the MAC Freedom.
Alec Rodway, a Valley View and JB Hoops alum, has started every game of the season for the Cougars, who are 7-6 overall.
Rodway went 4-for-4 from the line and finished with six points, three assists and three steals in an 81-56 win at Manhattanville in Wednesday’s MAC opener. He had two points, three assists and a steal Saturday in a 76-55 home win over FDU-Florham.
On the season, Rodway is averaging 3.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.4 steals in 24.2 minutes per game. He is second on the team in assists, third in steals and has been the team’s most accurate shooter in limited attempts.
Rodway is 9-for-18 (50 percent) on 3-pointers, 10-for-12 (83.3) on free throws and hitting 44.1 percent of his shots from the floor overall.
In his first two seasons with the Cougars, Rodway played in 45 games, including 23 starts. He tied for the MAC Freedom lead with a 2.3 turnover-to-assist ratio and finished ninth in the conference with 3.0 assists per game last season.
Ryan Krawczeniuk, a senior from Meyers, scored 18 of his career-high 20 points in the second half Saturday to lead an East Stroudsburg University comeback that fell short in an 89-82 loss at Lock Haven.
The Warriors went from 22 behind to six ahead with a 39-11 run from late in the first half to midway through the second half before Lock Haven pulled out the win.
Saturday was a productive day for alumni of JB Hoops and District 2 high school basketball programs.
In other highlights:
J.C. Show (Abington Heights) had his third straight 20-point effort along with 4 steals, but the Binghamton University men (9-7) dropped their America East opener at Maine, 76-73. … Bobby Planutis (Hazleton Area) scored 10 points for Mount St. Mary’s Thursday in a 96-80 win over Bryant, giving him his second double-figures scoring effort of his freshman season, along with 11 in an earlier loss to Notre Dame. … Bobby Casey (Scranton Prep) went 7-for-8 on 3-pointers and scored 25 points in just 22 minutes Saturday when Williams College pounded Connecticut College, 91-57, giving him 48 points and a dozen 3-pointers in two games since New Year’s. … Ethan Danzig (Abington Heights) scored 23 points, moving within 11 of 1,000 for his career, in the University of Scdranton’s 75-68 win over Elizabethtown.
Morgan Birmelin (Honesdale) scored a season-high 14 points for DeSales University in a 60-55 win over Delaware Valley, giving her three straight games scoring in double figures. … Bridgette Mann (Wallenpaupack) made five 3-pointers while scoring 21 points as 19th-ranked Scranton won for the 12th time in 13 games, 78-63, over Elizabethtown. … Mariah Maciejewski (Dunmore) grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds in 22 minutes while also scoring 8 points in Neumann University’s 83-42 win over Clarks Summit University. … Albright College’s Jane Joyce (West Scranton) scored a game-high 19 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out 8 assists in a 74-59 victory over Lebanon Valley.