Release: February 13, 2008
BOSTON, Mass.- Junior guard Christine Kinneary scored a career-high 23 points, leading Boston (13-10, 6-4 AE) to a 82-75 win over Binghamton (7-15, 5-4 AE) in an America East Conference women's basketball game on Wednesday night at Case Gym. The Terriers overcame an 11-point, first-half deficit and held on to the lead throughout the second half.
Binghamton was undone by 20 turnovers. The Terriers, meanwhile, scored 32 of their points off Bearcat miscues.
For Binghamton, senior center Laine Kurpniece (Riga, Latvia) had a game-high and season-high 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. It marks the fifth time this season and 12th time in her career that she has scored at least 20 points. In addition, Kurpniece now has 11 career double-doubles.
Senior guard Laura Sario (Esoo, Finland), who finished with 13 points, became the 11th player in school history, and fourth since the program moved up to the Division I level seven years ago, to reach the 1,000-point mark in scoring. She drove down the lane, scored and was fouled with 6:51 remaining in the second half giving her the milestone points.
Junior forward Jesyka Burks-Wiley added 19 points for Boston and sophomore forward Aly Hinton had 17 points.
Kurpniece scored 10 of her points in the opening eight minutes of the game as the Bearcats took a 21-10 lead. Led by Kinneary, however, the Terriers stormed back to take a 37-35 at the break. Kinneary had 15 points at the half.
Turnovers were deadly for Binghamton in the opening five minutes of the second half. The Bearcats coughed the ball over on six straight possessions and Boston took advantage, opening up a 50-40 lead.
Binghamton pulled to within 72-68 on a steal and breakway layup by freshman guard Jacki Ward (Pittsford, N.Y.) with 3:59 left in the second half. It was back-to-back baskets by Burks-Wiley and Raffo, however, that pushed the Boston lead to 80-75 with 51 seconds left.
Sophomore guard Erica Carter (Naperville, Ill.) added 13 points, marking the fifth consecutive game she has reached double figures in scoring.
Binghamton starts a three-game homestand on Saturday against UMBC at 2 p.m.
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