For Immediate Release: November 28, 2007
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Women's basketball loses to Bucknell 59-55 in home opener

Box Score

VESATL, N.Y.-- Junior guard Amanda Brown had a team-high 17 points and senior guard Kesha Champion sank four free throws in the final 35 seconds, leading Bucknell (2-4) to a 59-55 win over Binghamton (0-5) in a non-conference women's basketball game on Wednesday night at the Events Center. The game marked the Bearcats' home opener after four consecutive road games to start the season.

Brown broke a 45-45 tie with a jumped at the 8:34 mark in the second half, putting the Bison up for good. Champion, meanwhile, hit her four straight foul shots in a span of 16 seconds to stretch the lead to 58-53 with 16 seconds left. With four seconds remaining, Brown hit the first of two free throws to ice the game.

Down 32-31 at the break, the Bearcats shot just 5-of-26 from the field in the second half. They went a stretch of nearly 13 minutes during that span without hitting a shot. For the game, Binghamton shot a season-low 27.6 percent (16-of-58).

Senior guard Laura Sario (Espoo, Finland) tied Brown for the game high with 17 points. Junior forward Laura Franceski (Moscow, Pa.) recorded her first double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds while sophomore guard Erica Carter (Naperville, Ill.) scored 10 points. Senior center Laine Kurpniece (Riga, Latvia) grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds to go along with six points.

Binghamton hosts La Salle on Saturday at 2 p.m.

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