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For Immediate Release: January 4, 2007
Contact: Joshua J. Darling (dobrian@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

Binghamton women's basketball drops 63-59 overtime decision to Albany in America East Conference opener
Great Danes hit game-tying three pointer with 2.8 seconds remaining in regulation

Box Score

VESTAL, N.Y.- Junior guard Sherri Mikus scored a game-high 22 points and pulled down nine rebounds, leading Albany (5-9, 1-0 AE) to a 63-59 overtime victory over Binghamton (3-10, 0-1 AE) in an America East Conference women's basketball game on Thursday night at the Events Center.

Trailing 50-49 with 43 seconds remaining in regulation, Binghamton junior forward Laine Kurpniece (Riga, Lativa) and senior guard Shea Kenny (Miller Place, N.Y.) combined to connect on four consecutive free throws to take a 53-50 lead with 24 seconds left in regulation. With time winding down, however, Albany freshman Charity Iromuanya found junior forward Kristen Higy beyond the arc for the game-tying three-pointer with 2.8 seconds to go which sent the game into overtime tied at 53-53.

After exchanging baskets at the start of the extra session, the Great Danes pulled away from Binghamton, taking a 62-58 lead with 21 seconds remaining before closing out the four point victory.

In addition to Mikus's performance senior guard Amanda Ward finished with 14 points and nine rebounds. Junior forward Gia Sanders added 13 points and a team-high 10 rebounds.

Junior guard Laura Sario (Espoo, Finland) led the Bearcats with a season-high 17 points and added seven rebounds as well as three assists. Kurpniece finished with 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season while junior forward Brianna Thompson (Chehalis, Wash.) rounded out BU's double-figure scorers with 11 points.

After trailing 29-28 at the break, Binghamton rallied to take a six-point lead (37-31) with 13:33 to play. Over the first 6:27 of the second half, the Bearcats' defense limited Albany to only two points. A 9-2 run, however, put the Great Danes ahead 40-39 with 10:17 remaining in regulation. From there, the two teams battled back and forth with the lead changing hands five times before BU's free throws and Albany's three-pointer sent the game into overtime.

Binghamton wraps up its non-conference schedule with a trip to nearby Cornell for a 7 p.m. contest this Monday.

Game Notes: Laura Sario was named Player of the Game for Binghamton while Sherri Mikus collected the honor for the Great Danes ... Sario returned to action after missing the previous four games with a knee injury ... Kurpniece has reached double figures four consecutive games and has now recorded eight career double-doubles ... Thompson has reached double figures in four of her past six games.

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