VESTAL, New York — The league’s athletic directors have chosen Binghamton University to host the 2015 and 2016 America East Women’s Basketball Championship, the conference office announced Tuesday.
The men’s and women’s tournaments will be held separately for the first time since 2009 as the men will go to a higher-seed format in 2015. The quarterfinals and semifinals of the women’s tournament will take place at Binghamton’s 5,142-seat Events Center and the title game will be played the next weekend at the highest remaining seed.
“The Events Center is one of the top on-campus basketball venues in the region and we are excited to take our women’s basketball championship there in both 2015 and 2016,” America East Commissioner Amy Huchthausen said in a press release. “Binghamton served as a great host in the past and we have no doubt that the Southern Tier region will provide a fantastic atmosphere for student-athletes and fans for the next two years.”
The America East women’s quarterfinal and semifinal rounds will be held March 7-8. The last time the tournament was in Binghamton was in 2007, and the Events Center averaged 1,000 fans per session.
“Binghamton University is honored to be selected as the host for the America East women’s basketball championship for the next two years,” Binghamton University Director of Athletics Pat Elliott said.
The Events Center, which opened in 2004, also was the host for the 2005, 2006 and 2008 men’s basketball tournaments as well as the 2009 men’s title game.
UMF reveals Hall of Fame inductees
Charlotte Bobcats head coach Steve Clifford is among seven former standouts to be selected for the University of Maine-Farmington Sports Hall of Fame for 2014.
Clifford is joined by men’s basketball and men’s soccer standouts Jamie Beaudoin (Class of 1997) and Laughn Berthiaume (’98), women’s basketball player Caryn Lasante (’98), and men’s basketball players Jared Rivers (’00), Daren Meader (’00) and Darryl Hilliard (’88). They will be inducted during a dinner on Sept. 20.
“All seven of these individuals had very accomplished careers here in Farmington, which has helped them become successful in all their endeavors since graduation,” said Julie Davis, UMaine-Farmington director of athletics.
Clifford has been an NBA assistant coach with the Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers. At UMF, he tallied 250 career points, 113 rebounds and 260 assists in four seasons.
Berthiaume finished his career as the Bobcats’ all-time leader in goals (56), assists (34) and points (146). His 25 goals and 59 points in 1996 were UMF single season records. He was a two-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-American.
In basketball, Berthiaume logged 831 points, 238 rebounds and 161 assists and owns the school’s career free-throw percentage record with at .844 mark.
Beaudoin, UMF’s head women’s basketball coach, ranks sixth among soccer’s career leaders in points (85) and goals (34) and is ninth in assists (17). He was a two-time first-team All-American.
Beaudoin played four seasons of basketball, finishing with career totals of 803 points, 281 rebounds and 337 assists. His 154 career steals rank fourth all time and his 129 3-pointers are 11th.
Lasante scored 1,153 points and is among 14 players in UMF history to score 1,000 points. She was named first-team all-conference three times and graduated with the program’s career blocks record (152).
Meader is No. 2 in UMF basketball annals with 1,819 career points. The third-team All-American ranks second in steals (183) and fifth in assists (472). On the baseball diamond, he was among the program’s top 10 in most hitting categories.
Rivers was an All-America honorable mention in 2000 after scoring 429 points. Rivers played just two seasons for the Beavers and netted 431 points as a junior. He finished fourth in career field-goal percentage.
Hilliard recorded 844 points in four seasons at UMaine-Farmington, but made his biggest impact on the court as a playmaker. Hilliard tallied 484 assists (5.2 per game) in four seasons and shot .458 from the floor in his career.
Tickets to the induction dinner are $20 and can be purchased online using the Athletics Hall of Fame line at www.athletics.umf.maine.edu. Tickets are available through Wendy Harvey at 207-778-7147 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.