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For Immediate Release: November 20, 2004
Contact: Thomas Moore II (sports@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-2956

Binghamton women's basketball lose season opener to Kansas 77-53
Laws scores 1000th career point

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LAWRENCE, Kan.--Senior guard Rachel Laws (Wyncote, Pa.) netted a free throw with 3:07 left in the game for her 1000th career-point becoming the eighth player in school history to reach the plateau but Binghamton (0-1) was defeated 77-53 by the University of Kansas (1-0) in the season-opening game for both teams at the Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks received votes in the latest AP Top-25 poll.

"I am very proud of Rachel, her accomplishment and the way she competed today," head coach Rich Conover said. "She certainly is the premier player in our program right now. Hopefully she can lead use to some better games."

The key to the game was in the first half, as the Jayhawks were ahead 7-6. They used a 16-2 run in a span of 5:00 to pull away from the visiting Bearcats. With the score at 30-16, the Jayhawks went on a 18-2 run in a span of 4:51 to build their lead to 30. At halftime the Bearcats were down 48-22. The Bearcats outscored the the Jayhawks 31-29 in the second half.

"Kansas is a very good team," Conover said. "We have got a lot to work on. That is the great thing about playing a team like Kansas, you find out right away."

For Binghamton, Laws had her 17th career double-double with a game-high 20 points and team-high 10 rebounds. Junior Rebecka Lindgren (Oskarshamn, Sweden) added nine points. Sophomore center Laine Kurpniece (Riga, Latvia) and sophomore Brianna Thompson (Chehalis, Wash) each added five rebounds.

Kansas was led by Kaylee Brown Edwards, who scored a team-high 19 points.

The Bearcats will travel to Fairleigh Dickinson on Wednesday, Nov. 23. Opening tip is at 2 p.m.

NOTE: Laws became the first player in school history to score all 1000 points at the Division I level.

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