Release: January 7, 2008
VESTAL, N.Y.- Gretchen Gregg poured in a game-high and career-high 21 points, leading Cornell (7-5) to a 61-59 win over Binghamton (2-11) in a non-conference women's basketball game at the Events Center on Monday evening. The loss marked the Bearcats' third straight setback in their final non-conference game of the season.
Nursing a 33-30 halftime lead, the Big Red stormed out to a 52-38 advantage with 11:36 left in the game. Gregg closed out the 19-8 run with back-to-back three pointers in a span of 1:17.
The Bearcats clawed back, getting to within 58-56 with 1:45 remaining as senior guard Laura Sario (Espoo, Finland) sank a pair of free throws. Binghamton, however, misfired on its next three field goal attempts and Cornell sank three of its four field goal attempts to go up 61-56 with 10 seconds to play. Senior center Laine Kurpniece (Riga, Latvia) drained a three pointer at the buzzer but by then the outcome had been decided.
Kurpniece and junior forward Laura Franceski (Moscow, Pa.) each scored a team-high 14 points. In the process, Kurpniece moved into 10th place all time in school history with 962 career points. Sario added 10 points and moved into 12th place all time with 931 career points.
For Cornell, Jeomi Maduka scored nine points and grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds.
The Bearcats open conference play against Boston University on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Events Center.
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