women's basketball team inks three players during early signing
Date: November 20, 2003
Contact: David O'Brian
Phone: (607) 777-6478
N.Y.--Head coach Rich Conover and the Binghamton women's basketball
team have received a national letter of intent from three players,
including two from Finland, as part of the early signing period.
All three of them will join the Bearcats for their freshman season
"This year's recruiting class gives us outstanding player
at point guard, wing and center," Conover said. "These
are three players who, with their strengths, should have an immediate
impact on the program."
Nicole Lobach (Hanover, Pa.) is a 5-9 guard from South
Western High School. As a junior, she averaged 17.2 points, five
rebounds, three assists and four steals per game. As a sophomore
and junior, Lobach was named All-Area by the York Daily Record,
Gettysburg Times and Hanover Evening Sun. She has also
starred in field hockey at South Western, as she was named the
Player of the Year by the Hanover Evening Sun and the
Co-Player of the Year by the York Daily Record following
her junior season.
"Nicole is a very athletic, and strong player who can play
either the point or wing guard positions," Conover said.
"She has outstanding vision and displays a great amont of
leadership on the court."
Laura Sario (Espoo, Finland) is a 6-1 guard who competes
for the Tapiolan Honka, a Finnish League team based in Espoo.
So far this season, she leads the squad with 16.1 points and
4.7 rebounds per game. Sario is also averaging 1.67 steals per
is an outstanding scorer who brings a great deal of size to the
guard positon," Conover said. "She is able to score
from anywhere out of the floor and is capbale of putting up big
numbers on any given night."
Juta Jahilo (Helsinki, Finland) is a 6-2 center who plays
for Pantterit, a Finnish League team based in Helsinki. Through
12 games, she is averaging 10.3 points and 10.2 rebounds per
game. Jahilo is also averaging 1.67 blocks per game.
is a tireless worker on both ends of the floor," Conover
said. "She is a very aggressive player who runs the floor
well for her position. She has a knack for both scoring and rebounding
around the basket."
PLEASE NOTE: Laura Sario is pronounced LOW-ruh SARR-ee-oh
and Juta Jahilo is pronounced U-Tuh Yah-HEE-low.