For Immediate Release: November 17, 2004
Contact: David O'Brian (
Phone: 607-777-6478

Women's basketball inks two post players from Pennsylvania

The Binghamton women's basketball team has received a national letter of intent from two high school seniors, both of whom are post players from the state of Pennsylvania. They will join the Bearcats for their freshman season next fall.

Erin Owens (Coopersburg, Pa.) is a 6-3 center from Southern Lehigh High School. As a junior, she aveaged 20.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Owens also recorded 77 blocked shots last year. At the end of the season, she was named first-team all-league and first-team Allentown Morning Call All-Area.

"Erin has outstanding size, soft hands and is great around the basket," head coach Rich Conover said. "She will bring a good combination of size and strength to our team. She is a hard worker and an excellent student who will fit in very well with our program."

Laura Franceski (Moscow, Pa.) is a 6-2 power forward from North Pocano High School. In her junior season, she averaged 12.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 9.0 blocks per game. Franceski was named first-team all-league, was the Regional Player of the Year as well as a second-team Class AAA All-State selection.

"Laura has an excellent blend of skill and athleticism," Conover said. "She is a very active player on the court, has good timing when she is blocking shots and is an outstanding rebounder. She too is a very good student with a great work ethic and will fit right in with our team."

Binghamton was 17-10 last season and finished second in the America East Conference during the regular season.

The Bearcats tip off their 2004-05 season at North Texas on Friday at 6 p.m.

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