For Immediate Release: December 19, 2005
Contact: David O'Brian (
Phone: 607-777-6478

Rolling Like Snowballs: Kurpniece named America East Co-Player of the Week Again

America East Conference Release

VESTAL, N.Y.--For the second time in three weeks, sophomore center Laine Kurpniece (Riga, Latvia) has been named the America East Conferenc Co-Player of the Week. She shares the award with Jessica Smith of Stony Brook.

Kurpniece netted a game-high 19 points and grabbed a team-high 11 rebounded as Binghamton recorded a landmark win over Syracuse in the Carrier Dome on Saturday. It marked the first time in four tries that the Bearcats have defeated Syracuse since moving up to the Division I level. Kurpniece has now led the Bearcats in scoring in three of the last five games. She has recorded a pair of double-doubles during that span.

For the season, Kurpniece ranks second on the team with 11.5 points per game and first with 7.0 rebounds.

While Kurpniece has made her presence felt on the court, it has been a memorable quote she had during a Nov. 30 post-game radio interview which has been equally noticed. The Press & Sun Bulletin ran a story on Dec. 19 detailing how Kurpniece said that the team was starting to "roll like snowballs." The Bearcats instantly picked up that line as their battle cry and have won three out of four games since that point.

Link to Press & Sun Bulletin Story


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