For Immediate Release: March 9, 2005
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Laws repeats as America East First-Team All-Conference, Sario named All-Rookie

VESTAL, N.Y.-- For the second season in a row, junior forward Rachel Laws (Wyncote, Pa.) has been named America East First-Team All-Conference. Also for the Bearcats, freshman guard Laura Sario (Espoo, Finland) has been named to the America East Conference All-Rookie Team.

Laws becomes the first Binghamton men's or women's basketball player to earn America East first-team all-conference honors twice during their career. This season, she ranks eighth in the conference with 13.6 points per game and is sixth with 7.5 rebounds per contest. She has twice been named the conference's Co-Player of the Week and heading into the upcoming America East Conference Tournament, she needs 36 points to become the eighth player in school history to score 1,000 career points.

"Rachel has continued to be a consistent contributor to our team," head coach Rich Conover said. "She hasn't always been 100 percent healthy this season but she is the ultimate team player and is without question one of the top players in the conference."

In her first season, Sario ranks third on the Bearcats with 7.8 points per game and 4.3 rebounds per game. She has twice been named the America East Conference Co-Rookie of the Week.

Sario becomes just the second Binghamton women's player to earn all-rookie honors. Current junior guard Jen Blues (Overland Park, Kan.) was the first player in 2003.

"Laura made an immediate impact once she became a starter," Conover said. "She had a great stretch of games midway through the season and has played outstanding defense all year."

Binghamton (10-17, 9-9 AE) is the No. 5 seed in the America East Conference Tournament. The Bearcats face No. 4 Vermont in the quarterfinals on Thursday at noon. The entire tournament will be held at Hartford.

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