Immediate Release: January 10, 2007
Trailing 35-27 with 10:58 to play in the second half, Maine mounted a 14-4 run over the next 3:29 and took the lead, 41-39, on a three-pointer by freshman guard Abby Greene with 7:19 to play. It would be a short lived lead, and the only one of the game for the Black Bears, as Binghamton came right back with a 6-0 run fueled by two baskets and a steal by sophomore forward Laura Franceski (Moscow, Pa.) to pull ahead 45-41 with 5:42 remaining in the game.
two teams traded baskets over the next several possessions before
a three-pointer by Maine senior guard Ashley Underwood cut the
deficit to 50-48 at the 1:24 mark. The Black Bears would draw
no closer though as four free throws down the stretch by Sario
iced the five point victory for the Bearcats.
In addition to Sario's 18 points and eight rebounds, junior forward Laine Kurpniece (Riga, Lativa) also reached double-figures with 11 points and Franceski finished the night with nine points and two blocks. Over her last three games, Sario is averaging 20 points a night and has scored in double-digits in her last seven games while Kurpniece has accomplished that feat in her last six games.
Binghamton begins a two-game road swing with a 7 p.m. contest Saturday at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Sario was named Player of the Game for Binghamton while Bracey
Barker collected the honor for Maine.
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