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For Immediate Release: December 19, 2006
Contact: Joshua J. Darling (dobrian@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

Bucknell edges Bearcats on layup with 4.6 seconds remaining for 65-64 overtime win in women's basketball
Jahilo ties career-high with 16 points; Kurpniece finishes with 15 points and 10 rebounds

Box Score

LEWISBURG, Pa.-Sophomore guard Amanda Brown found senior guard Lindsay Hollobaugh under the basket for the game-winning layup with 4.6 seconds remaining in overtime to give Bucknell (7-5) a 65-64 victory over Binghamton (3-8) in a non-conference women's basketball game on Tuesday evening at Sojka Pavilion. The game was the first overtime contest this season for both teams.

With Binghamton trailing 56-53 in the closing seconds of regulation, freshman guard Erica Carter (Naperville, Ill.) connected on her second three-pointer of the night with two seconds remaining to tie the score and send the game to overtime tied at 56-56. In the extra session the Bearcats overcame a four-point deficit and clawed their way to the lead, 64-63, with 26 seconds remaining before Brown delivered the game-winning assist to set up Hollobaugh's heroics.

"Bucknell is a really tough team" said Binghamton head coach Rich Conover. "We competed for 45 minutes and we are really proud of our effort tonight. We stopped a few options at the end of overtime but with 4.6 to go we just weren't able to stop Hollobaugh".

BU trailed by as much as 11 points in the first half and battled back to within six points at the break, 32-26. At the start of the second half, following a Bucknell basket to make the score 34-26, the Bearcats mounted an 8-0 run to tie the game at 34-34. Before they had a chance to take the lead, the Bison put together a 7-0 run of their own led by five points from Brown to go back up 41-34.

Binghamton eventually battled back and took their first lead of the contest, 53-52, with 1:04 remaining in regulation when junior forward Laine Kurpniece (Riga, Latvia) hit on 1-of-2 free throws before four straight foul shots from junior center Hope Foster made the score 56-53 and setup Carter's game-tying shot.

Brown led three Bucknell players in double-figures and notched five of her game-high 19 points in overtime while senior forward Jacquie Seawright added 16 points and Foster posted 13 points, eight rebounds and four blocks on the night.

For the Bearcats, junior forward Juta Jahilo (Helsinki, Finland) tied her career-high with 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting and added six rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks. Kurpniece recorded her first double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds while Carter finished with 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting. Sophomore forward Laura Franceski (Moscow, Pa.) added seven points, eight rebounds and tied her season-high with five blocks and junior forward Brianna Thompson (Chehalis, Wash.) contributed eight points and seven rebounds.

Binghamton wraps up the 2006 portion of their schedule when they host Big East member Syracuse on December 30 for a 1 p.m. contest at the Events Center.

Game Notes: Binghamton played the entire game with only seven players seeing action.

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