For Immediate Release: November 1, 2006
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Women picked fourth, men tabbed sixth in America East basketball polls
Kurpniece earns preseason all-conference honors

America East Men's Release
America East Women's Release

VESTAL, N.Y.--In the annual America East Conference preseason coaches' poll, the Binghamton women's team has been chosen to finish fourth while the men's team was selected to place sixth. In addition, junior center Laine Kurpniece (Riga, Latvia) was one of five women's players named to the America East preseason all-conference team. The voting was done by each of the head coaches.

Kurpniece was named second-team all-conference last season after pacing the Bearcats with 12.3 points and 6.6 rebounds per contest. She was named the America East Player of the Week a school-record three times during the regular season.

"We are very pleased to have Laine named to the preseason all-conference team," women's head coach Rich Conover said. "It's a sign of the respect that she is gaining from our opponents around the America East."

Two-time defending champion Hartford was the consensus pick in the women's poll, followed by Stony Brook, Boston and Binghamton. The Bearcats will host the women's conference tournament March 8-11.

On the men's side, Albany was the unanimous choice to win its second straight championship. The Great Danes were followed in the poll by Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Boston and Binghamton.

The Binghamton men's team opens up its regular season at Long Island University on Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. The women tip off against defending Northeast Conference champion Sacred Heart on Nov. 14 at the Events Center at 7 p.m.


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