For Immediate Release: March 1, 2006
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Blues reaches 1,000-point mark as Binghamton women's basketball beats Albany 77-56

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ALBANY, N.Y.--Senior guard Jen Blues (Overland Par, Kan.) became the ninth player in school history to score her 1,000th career point and sophomore center Laine Kurpniece (Riga, Latvia) netted a team-high 17 points , leading Binghamton (15-11, 8-7 AE) to a 77-56 win over Albany (6-20, 2-13 AE) in an America East Conference women's basketball game Wednesday night at the Recreation and Convocation Center. The win is the second straight for the Bearcats.

Blues converted a layup with 9:24 remaining in the second half that gave her 1,001 career points. The basket gave the Bearcats a 58-43 lead at the time. She finished the game with 13 points and now has 1,003 career points.

"I am very happy for Jen," head coach Rich Conover said. "It is great not only that she reached this mark but that she did it in a big road win. We came out strong defensively tonight and scored some early baskets in transition that set the tone for the game."

Binghamton started out fast, jumping out to an 8-0 lead in the opening 2:30 of play. Kurpniece had five points during the run. From there, the Bearcats kept rolling and vaulted to a 25-10 lead with 8:30 left in the half. The lead was 38-26 at the intermission.

In the second half, the Great Danes got to within 48-40 with 13:20 left to go. Binghamton, however, responded with a 10-3 run, punctuated by Blues historic bucket.

Binghamton stretched the lead to 77-55 with 1:02 remaining. The Great Danes converted 1-of-2 free throws with 33 seconds left to go.

Senior forward Jen Haubrich (Bow, N.H.) chipped in 13 points. Albany was led by Amanda Ward, who scored 15 points.

Binghamton closes out its regular season on Saturday at Vermont at 1 p.m.

NOTES: Blues is the second Binghamton player to reach the 1,000-point milestone this season. Senior guard Rachel Laws (Wyncote, Pa.) reached the 1,000-point mark at Kansas in the season-opener on Nov. 20.

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