Immediate Release: March 9, 2007
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Binghamton rallies from 17-point deficit to defeat Boston 63-58 America East Conference Quarterfinals
Sario keys second half rally with career-high 26 points, 19 in second half
VESTAL, N.Y.--Junior guard Laura Sario (Espoo, Finland) posted a career-high 26 points, 19 of which came in the second half, as No. 4 Binghamton (12-18) rallied from a 17-point deficit to defeat No. 5 Boston (15-15, 7-9 AE) 63-58 to advance to the semifinals of the America East Conference women's basketball tournament on Friday evening at the Events Center. The win is the Bearcats second consecutive first-round victory and sets up a rematch of last season's semi-final against top-seeded Hartford on Saturday at 7 p.m.
The Terriers jumped out to a 29-12 lead with 4:36 remaining in the first half but the Bearcat trimmed the deficit to 31-23 at the half. Undaunted, Boston went on an 8-0 blitz in the opening 1:35 to go up 39-25 with 18:25 remaining. Refusing to go quietly, the Bearcats mounted a 10-0 run over the next 4:14 to pull to within 39-33 with 14:11 left.
The decisive run of the game started with 10:41 left to play. Binghamton trailed 46-36 but went on a 14-0 run to take a 50-46 advantage. Sario as she scored eight of her teams points during the stretch, which encompassed 3:46 stretch.
The Terriers battled back and tied the game at 56-56 with 3:02 to play before the Bearcats sealed the game with a 5-0 run in the ensuing 2:20.
Junior forward Laine Kurpniece (Riga, Lativa) added 12 points, marking the 12th straight game she has reached double figures in scoring.
Senior guard Katie Meinhardt led Boston with 25 points while senior forward Cherri Raffo chipped in 18 points.
Notes: The 17-point comeback is the second largest in Binghamton's Division I classic. The Bearcats defeated Montana State 59-55 on Dec. 5, 2003 at the Wells Fargo Holiday Classic at Arizona State University ... Laura Sario was named the Binghamton player of the game while Katie Meinhardt collected the honor for Boston.
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