For Immediate Release: November 30, 2005
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Binghamton women's basketball pulls away from La Salle 84-70

Box Score

VESTAL, N.Y.-- Sophomore center Laine Kurpniece (Riga, Latvia) poured in a career-high 28 points and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds, leading Binghamton (2-2) to an 84-70 win over La Salle (2-3) in a women's non-conference basketball game Wednesday night at the Events Center. The Bearcats have now won their last two outings heading into a two-game road trip this weekend.

"This was a very good win for us," head coach Rich Conover said. "Laine had a breakout game and we were able to take command of the game in the second half. Instead of losing a lead like what happened against Canisius, we kept going strong."

The scored was tied 53-53 with 10:58 remaining in the second half when the Bearcats went on an 18-2 run in a span of 4:52 to take command of the game. Kurpnice had nine of her points during the decisive run.

Kurpniece hit 10-of-17 shots and drained 7-of-8 foul shots in 33 minutes of action. She reached the 20-point mark for the first time in her career and also recorded her first career double-double. The 28 points is the most turned in by a Binghamton player this season.

Senior forward Jen Haubrich (Bow, N.H.) added a season-high 15 points while senior guard Jen Blues (Overland Park, Kan.) chipped in 14 points.

Carlene Hightower led four La Salle players in double figures with 17 points.

Binghamton heads to Marshall for a 7 p.m. game on Friday.

NOTES: Binghamton has now scored 80 points in back-to-back games for the first time since March 10-11, 2001. The Bearcats moved up to the NCAA Division I level prior to the 2001-02 season ... the Bearcats shot a season-best 57.4 percent from the field.

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