Release: December 1, 2007
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defeats La Salle 71-61
VESTAL, N.Y.-- Senior center Laine
Kurpniece (Riga, Latvia) netted a team-high 20 points, leading
Binghamton (1-5) to a 71-61 win over La Salle (3-4) in a non-conference
women's basketball game on Saturday afternoon at the Events Center.
In addition to recording their first win of the season, the Bearcats
shot a season-best 50.9 percent from the field (29-of-57).
Kurpniece, who went 9-for-10 from the field, has now reached
the 20-point mark twice this season and nine times for her career.
She also moved into 13th place all time in school history with
877 points. In the process, Kurpniece surpassed Sonny Mehring,
who scored 860 points from 1978-82.
The heroics by Kurpniece overshadowed a 23-point performance
by La Salle senior forward Carlene Hightower. Junior guard Margaret
Elderton added 14 points for the Explorers.
The Bearcats broke open a 15-15
game with a 10-0 run to go up 25-15 with 6:15 left in the first
half. Kurpniece had four of her points during that run. La Salle
got to within 29-23 at the 1:08 mark before sophomore guard Erica
Carter (Naperville, Ill.), who scored 15 points, converted
a layup at the end of the half to put the Bearcats up 31-23.
The Explorers wouldn't go away, getting to within 53-48 with
7:50 left in the second half. From there, however, Binghamton
went on a 12-0 run in a span of 4:31 to go up 65-48. La Salle
never got within single didgits the rest of the way.
Binghamton heads to Duquesne
for a 7 p.m. game on Tuesday.
NOTES: Carter has now reached double figures in scoring
three times in the last four games ... Binghamton recorded a
season-high 20 assists, five of which were turned in by freshman
Ward (Pittsford, N.Y.) ... Kurpniece was named the America
East Conference Player of the Game.