For Immediate Release: January 4, 2006
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Binghamton women's basketball wins conference opener at Maine 66-56

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ORONO, Maine--Senior guard Rachel Laws (Wyncote, Pa.) netted a game-high 24 points leading Binghamton (7-4, 1-0 AE) to a 66-56 win at Maine (4-7, 0-1 AE) in an America East Conference women's basketball game on Wednesday night at Alfond Arena. The win marks the first time in five tries that the Bearcats have won on the Black Bears' home court.

Sophomore center Laine Kurpniece (Riga, Latvia) added 11 points and eight rebounds and senior guard Jen Blues (Overland Park, Kan.) chipped in 10 points.

Ashley Underwood led the Black Bears with 15 points. Abby Schrader added 14 points and 13 rebounds.

"This was a very nice win against a very good Maine team," head coach Rich Conover said. "I thought we kept our composure down the stretch and made our free throws when it counted. Maine really keyed on our post players and Rachel was the key to our win tonight."

The Bearcats broke open a close game with a 20-6 run to close out the first half to take a 35-21 lead. Laws netted 11 points and Kurpniece added eight points in the opening 20 minutes. Junior point guard Shea Kenny (Miller Place, N.Y.) provided the exclaimation point on the first half by draining a three pointer with two seconds left to play.

In the second half, Maine fought back and got to within 57-52 with 1:49 to go. From there, however, the Bearcats sealed the game with a 9-4 run to seal the game.

The Bearcats shot just 33.3 percent from the field (19-of-57) but drained 24 of 30 free throws, including 16 of 20 in the second half.

Binghamton returns home for a noon game against New Hampshire on Saturday, which will be televised live on WIVT (Channel 6 on the Binghamton cable system).

NOTES: Wednesday's game was a homecoming for Binghamton assistant coach Tara Morrison, who was an assistant coach for Maine the previous four seasons ... the 24 points was a season-high for Laws, who now has 11 games with at least 20 points during her career.

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