For Immediate Release: March 9, 2006
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Kurpniece, Laws and Haubrich named America East All-Conference

VESTAL, N.Y.--Sophomore center Laine Kurpniece (Riga, Latvia), senior guard Rachel Laws (Wyncote, Pa.) and senior forward Jen Haubrich (Bow, N.H.) have been selected to the 2006 America East All-Conference teams. Kurpniece was named to the second team, Laws to the third team and Haubrich to the inaugural all-defensive team.

Kurpniece, who became the first player from Binghamton to be named the America East Player of the Week three times in a season, ranks ninth in the conference with 12.8 points per game and eighth with 6.8 rebounds per outing. In the process, she finished the regular season with a 56.1 field goal percentage, the most accurate single-season mark in school history. So far this year, Kurpniece has reached the 20-point mark five times and has recorded six double-doubles.

"Laine has been a real strong player inside the paint for us this season," head coach Rich Conover said. "She has had an outstanding sophomore season."

Despite being injured for a good part of the conference season, Laws still earned enough respect to be named all-conference for the third year in a row. She currently ranks second on the squad with 10.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. In her last three games, Laws has averaged 15.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per contest. Heading into the America East Tournament, she ranks seventh all-time in school history with 1,208 career points and ninth with 607 career rebounds.

"Rachel is one of the most respected players in the conference," Conover said. "She is bouncing back from her injury more and more each game and should be fully healthy for the tournament."

Haubrich ranks fourth on the team with 8.0 points per game and third with 4.3 rebounds. Like Laws, she has played through an assortment of injuries and has been one of the toughest players on the team.

"Jen is one of our hardest workers and brings a great deal of energy to our team," Conover said. "She is our vocal leader on the court but also leads by example."

Binghamton (16-11) is the No. 4 seed heading into the America East Conference Tournament. The Bearcats face No. 5 UMBC on Friday at 8:30 p.m. at the Chase Family Arena in Hartford.

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