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Binghamton women's basketball team inks three players during early signing period

Date: November 20, 2003
Contact: David O'Brian
Phone: (607) 777-6478

VESTAL, 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 in 2004-05.

"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 game.

"Laura 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.

"Juta 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.

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