For Immediate Release: December 8, 2005
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Binghamton women's basketball defeats Lehigh 72-48

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VESTAL, N.Y.-- Senior guard Rachel Laws (Wyncote, Pa.) led a balanced attack with a game-high 14 points, pacing Binghamton (4-3) to a 72-48 win over Lehigh (2-6) in a non-conference women's basketball game on Thursday night at the Events Center. The Bearcats have now won four of their past five games.

The Bearcats shot 55.2 percent for the game (32-of-58) and surrendered their fewest points in a game this season. The visiting Mountain Hawks connected on just 17-of-50 shots (34 percent) and committed 21 turnovers.

"We had a great defensive effort tonight against a very good Lehigh team," head coach Rich Conover said. "We also spread the ball around tonight offensively."

Binghamton set the tone early, going on a 23-9 run in a span of 12 minutes to take a 25-13 lead with 5:49 left in the first half. From there, the Bearcats went up 33-19 at the break.

In the second half, things kept snowballing the Bearcats' way. They went on a 17-9 run in the opening 9:05 to take a 50-28 advantage. The lead would grow as large as 65-37 with 5:44 remaining and Binghamton cruised to the win.

Laws shot 7-of-9 from the field and led the team in scoring for the second game in a row. She added three rebounds, three assists and a steal.

Sophomore forward Juta Jahilo (Helsinki, Finland) had a career-high nine points, five rebounds and a career-high four assists. Sophomore forward Brianna Thompson (Chehalis, Wash.) netted eight points while sophomore forward Laine Kurpniece (Riga, Latvia) and senior guard Jen Blues (Overland Park, Kan.) added seven points each.

Jenny Callan led Lehigh with 13 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

Binghamton travels to Syracuse on Saturday, Dec. 17 for a 7 p.m. game.

NOTES: The 48 points allowed is the fewest by Binghamton since a 47-33 win over Hartford on Feb. 26, 2005 ... the 24-point margin of victory is the Bearcats' biggest since a 67-42 win over New Hampshire on Jan. 15, 2005 ... Laws now has 933 career rebounds, which moves her into ninth place all time. She passes Meagan Schluter, who grabbed 531 rebounds from 1981-85


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