Binghamton University, with Western Wayne and JB Hoops alum Rebecca Carmody in the starting lineup, played in and won its first postseason game outside of the conference as an National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I women’s basketball program.
The Bearcats were selected for the Women’s Basketball Invitational after falling short of the NCAA Division I tournament field.
Carmody scored eight points, grabbed four rebounds and made three steals Wednesday when Binghamton went to Youngstown State (Ohio) and overcame a 13-point, second-quarter deficit on the way to a 70-59 victory in its tourney debut.
The win set up another Binghamton milestone with a home game against Yale in Tuesday’s second round.
The only previous time Binghamton hosted a national tournament game was against Elmira in the second round of the 1998 NCAA Division III tournament. The Bearcats transitioned through Division II from the 1998-1999 to 2000-2001 seasons before joining Division I for the 2001-02 season.
Carmody, a 5-foot-9 junior forward, is second on Binghamton and fifth in the America East with 6.7 rebounds per game. She helped the Bearcats rank first in the conference in team rebounding.
Binghamton is having the best Division I season in school history at 20-11.
Carmody also averages 7.3 points, 1.9 assists and 1.1 steals while averaging 29.4 minutes and starting all but three games this season. She is shooting 42.6 percent from the floor, 16.7 percent on 3-pointers and 78.0 percent from the line.