Immediate Release: December 8, 2005
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Binghamton women's basketball wins third straight with 82-61 win over Colgate
VESTAL, N.Y.-- Sophomore center Laine Kurpniece (Riga, Latvia) poured in a game-high 24 points and senior forward Jen Haubrich (Bow, N.H.) tied a career-high with 18 points, powering Binghamton (6-3) to an 82-61 win over Colgate (1-8) in a non-conference women's basketball game on Monday night at the Events Center. With the victory, the Bearcats win for the third straight time and the sixth time in the last seven games.
Binghamton shot 56.1 percent from the field, making 32-of-57 shots in the process. It marked the Bearcats' second-best shooting day of the season and the fourth time they have shot at least 50.0 percent.
"This was a workmanlike win for us over a good Colgate team," head coach Rich Conover said. "They are better than their record and caught of off guard with a full-court press in the second half. I was proud of our team that we were able to stay focused after a big win on Saturday at Syracuse."
Kurpniece, who early in the day was named the America East Co-Player of the Week for the second time this season, surpassed the 20-point mark for the second time in her career. She was four point off her career high of 28 points (set against La Salle on Nov. 30). Haubrich tied her career high set at Albany on Jan. 12, 2005. Also reaching double figures against Colgate was senior guard Jen Blues (Overland Park, Kan.), who finished with 11 points and added four assists.
Colgate was paced by Meghan Curtin and Megan Ballard, each of whom scored 14 points and added four assists.
Binghamton set the tone early in the game, taking a 19-6 advantage in the opening 4:25. Haubrich had seven points during that stretch, including the opening bucket three seconds into the contest. From there, the Bearcats maintained a solid cushion in the first half and took a 42-28 lead at the break.
Colgate went into a full-court press for most of the second half, forcing 11 of Binghamton's 18 turnovers for the game. Still, Binghamton increased its accuracy, hitting 17 of 24 shots (70.8) to maintain their advantage. The Bearcats outscored the Raiders 40-33 in the second 20 minutes of play.
Binghamton travels to Harvard for a 7 p.m. game on Friday, Dec. 30.
NOTES: Binghamton has won each of its last three games by at least 20 points, something the squad has not done since moving up to the NCAA Division I level prior to the 2001-02 season ... the Bearcats have now scored 80 or more points three times this season. In their previous four Division I seasons, they reached the 80-point mark just four times combined.
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