Immediate Release: February 24, 2007
Contact: Joshua J. Darling (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Second-half rally falls short as women's basketball drops 73-66 decision to Hartford
Kurpniece nets 15 of game-high tying 18 points in second half
VESTAL, N.Y.-- Junior forward Danielle Hood led five Hawks in double-figures with a game-high tying 18 points as Hartford (20-7, 13-1 AE) defeated Binghamton (10-17, 6-8 AE) in an America East women's basketball game Saturday afternoon at the Events Center. The victory is the 11th consecutive for Hartford and 20th overall on the season.
Trailing 39-25 at the half, and twice by as many as 19 points in the second half, Binghamton mounted a tremendous rally with 11:25 to play to pull within striking distance of the Hawks.
With Hartford leading 53-36, junior forward Laine Kurpniece (Riga, Latvia) scored the next nine points for the Bearcats as BU went on a 15-4 run capped off by a three-pointer by senior guard Shea Kenny (Miller Place, N.Y.) to make the score 57-51 with 6:29 to play.
From there the two teams were separated by no more than seven points. Binghamton eventually narrowed the gap to four points four times before the Hawks secured the 73-66 victory behind 8-of-10 foul shooting in the final minute of play.
In addition to Hood's 18 points, sophomore guard Lisa Etienne notched 14 while sophomore guard MaryLynne Schaefer added 13 points. Freshman center Diane Delva and senior guard Ikea Witt each posted 11 points while grabbing seven and six rebounds, respectively.
For the Bearcats, Kurpniece posted a game-high tying 18 points and recorded her ninth double-double of her career with her 11-rebound performance while junior forward Juta Jahilo (Helsinki, Finland) added 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the line. Kenny rounded out Binghamton's double-figure scorers with 10 points on the afternoon.
Sophomore forward Laura Franceski (Moscow, Pa.) added nine points and seven rebounds as she set a new career-high with seven blocked shots. That mark is one off the program record of eight set by Leah Truncale against Morehead State on November 25, 2001.
The Bearcats return to action on Wednesday, February 28 when they travel to Boston for a 7 p.m. contest before returning to the Events Center for their regular season home finale on March 3..
Notes: Laine Kurpniece was named America East Player of the Game for Binghamton while Danielle Hood garnered the honor for Vermont ... Kurpniece's double-double is the ninth of her career and is the 11th time she has pulled down 10 or more rebounds.
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