For Immediate Release: March 13, 2008
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Kurpniece and Sario earn America East All-Conference honors

Complete All-Conference Teams

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Senior center
Laine Kurpniece (Riga, Latvia) and senior guard Laura Sario (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."

For Kurpniece, 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).

In addition, 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.

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