Immediate Release: February 5, 2005
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Binghamton come up short at first-place Maine 63-53
ORONO, Maine---Once again, the Binghamton Bearcats (6-13, 5-5 AE) came out strong on the road against a first-place team in the America East Conference. Once again, the Bearcats led for the majority of the game. Once again, however, things unraveled in the last 10 minutes, as Maine (12-8, 8-2 AE) rallied for a 63-53 triumph in an America East Conference women's basketball game on Saturday night at Alfond Arena.
Binghamton led by as many as nine points late in the first half but a 17-0 second-half Black Bear run in a span of seven minutes proved to be the difference in the game.
"We just need to be able to put two good halves together," head coach Rich Conover said. "Maine is a championship team and we need to be able to response to their comebacks instead of going into a shell."
Freshman center Laine Kurpniece (Riga, Latvia) and junior forward Rachel Laws (Wyncote, Pa.) each had a team-high 11 points. Junior Jen Haubrich (Bow, N.H.) added 10 points.
Ashley Underwood had a game-high 17 points for Maine. Missy Traversi, who netted her 1,000th career point during the game, added 16 points.
Binghamton raced out to a 22-15 with seven minutes left to go in the first half. Kurpniece had nine points during that span while Laws had seven points. Binghamton's first-half lead got as high as 31-22 with 1:00 to go but the Black Bears trimmed their deficit to 31-24 at the half.
In the second half, Maine came out strong and got to within 33-31 with 16:00 remaining. Binghamton, however, answered with a 10-5 run of its own to take a 43-36 lead with 11:36 remaining.
The Bearcats were up 46-42 with nine minutes but in the ensuing seven minutes, the floodgates open for the Black Bears. The Black Bears went on the decisive 17-0 run to take a 59-46 lead with 2:50 remaining.
Binghamton got to within 59-53 with one minute to go but Maine hit 4-of-4 free throws down the stretch to seal the game.
Binghamton returns home on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. contest against Albany.
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