Release: March 13, 2008
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Kurpniece and Sario earn America East All-Conference honors
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Senior center Laine
(Riga, Latvia) and senior guard Laura
(Espoo, Finland) have each been named to the America East All-Conference
teams. Kurpniece was named to the first team while Sario was
named to the third team.
"We are very happy for both Laine and Laura," head
coach Rich Conover said. "They have both been major contributors
for our program and we are very appreciative of everything they
have done for us."
this is the third consecutive season she has earned all-conference
honors and the first time she has received first-team honors.
She was named to the second team in 2006 and the third team last
year. Kurpniece is the third Binghamton player to have earned
first-team honors, joining Sarah Cartmill (2002) and Rachel Laws
(2004 and 2005).
Kurpniece is also the third Binghamton player to be named all-conference
three consecutive years since the program joined the America
East Conference in 2001. She joins Kate Townley (2002-04) and
Rachel Laws (2004-06).
Heading into the America East Tournament, Kurpniece leads the
Bearcats with 12.3 points per game and ranks second with 5.2
rebounds per contest. Currently, she is eighth all time in program
history with 1,174 career points and 10th with 600 career rebounds.
Furthermore, Kurpniece is first all time in school history with
a .517 field goal percentage (354-685) and fifth with a .798
free throw percentage (455-570).
Sario is also no stranger to all-conference honors, having been
named to the All-Rookie Team in 2005 and the second team last
season. She ranks second on the Binghamton squad with 9.9 points
per game and first with 3.3 assists per game.
Sario ranks ninth all time in school history with 1,072 career
points and sixth with 274 career assists. She is also fifth with
111 career three pointers and seventh with a .354 three-point
field goal percentange (111-134).
Binghamton (11-18, 9-7 AE) is the No. 5 seed heading into the
America East Tournament in Hartford. The Bearcats face No. 4
Albany in the quarterfinal round on Friday at 8:30 p.m.