Immediate Release: March 10, 2007
Contact: Joshua J. Darling (email@example.com)
Binghamton falls to Hartford 56-46 in America East Conference Quarterfinals
VESTAL, N.Y.--Junior guard Courtney Gomez led three Hawks in double-figures and posted a game- and career-high 13 points as top-seeded Hartford (24-7) defeated No. 4 Binghamton (12-19) 56-46 to advance to the championship game of the America East Conference women's basketball tournament on Saturday evening at the Events Center. With the win, Hartford has reached the conference title game in each of the last three seasons and has won the past two.
In the first half, Hartford jumped out a 9-0 lead with 16:44 to play and led by as many as 12 points before Binghamton battled back with a 13-5 run to close the gap to 26-22 at the break. The Hawks quickly regained their robust lead at the start of the second half as they opened the final 20 minutes with a 13-6 run to boost their lead to 39-28 with 12:46 to play.
The Bearcats eventually drew to within 45-37 with 3:08 to play when junior guard Laura Sario (Espoo, Finland) netted seven of her team-high 13 points during a 9:38 stretch. Hartford would allow Binghamton no closer the rest of the way and sealed their semifinal victory by connecting on 9-of-10 shots from the foul line.
In addition to her career-high of 13 points for Hartford, Gomez also registered a career mark with three makes from beyond the arc while sophomore forward Katie Kelley nearly topped her career-high, notching 12 points and falling one point shy. She also finished with a game-high tying eight rebounds. Junior center Danielle Hood rounded out the Hawks double-digit performers with 12 points, including 6-of-7 shooting from the foul line.
For Binghamton, Sario's 13 points led the way as she connected on 6-of-11 shots from the field while junior forward Laine Kurpniece (Riga, Lativa) added eight points and a game-high tying eight rebounds in 26 minutes of action. Senior guard Shea Kenny (Miller Place, N.Y.) finished the night with eight points and played all 40 minutes for the second consecutive game.
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