For Immediate Release: March 5, 2008
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Women's basketball drops final home game to Albany 63-49

Box Score

VESTAL, N.Y.-- Jenea Aiken scored 12 of her game-high 17 points in the decisive second half, leading Albany (12-16, 10-5 AE) to a 63-49 win over Binghamton (11-17, 9-6 AE) in an America East women's basketball game on Wednesday night at the Events Center. The loss means that the Bearcats will be the No. 5 seed in next week's conference tournament and will play the loser of Saturday's Albany-Boston regular-season finale.

Nursing a 24-22 halftime advantage, the Great Danes went on a 14-4 blitz to go up 38-26 with 14:37 left to go. Aiken had four of her points during that span while Tanika Thrower led the way with eight points.

Senior center
Laine Kurpniece (Riga, Latvia), who led the Bearcats with 15 points, trimmed the deficit to 38-29 on a three-point play at the 14:14 mark. From there, however, Albany used an 11-4 surge to take a 49-33 lead with 10:12 remaining. Aiken had a team-best five points during that spurt.

Binghamton got no closer than 11 points the rest of the way.

Gia Sanders added 14 points for the Great Danes while Thrower chipped in 11 points.

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

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