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For Immediate Release: January 10, 2007
Contact: Joshua J. Darling (dobrian@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

Binghamton women's basketball hands Maine 54-49 defeat
Sario nets 18 points for seventh straight double-figure game; ties career-high with eight rebounds

Box Score

VESTAL, N.Y.- Junior guard Laura Sario (Espoo, Finland) scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed a career-high tying eight rebounds, leading Binghamton (5-10, 1-1 AE) to a 54-49 victory over Maine (8-6, 2-1 AE) in an America East Conference women's basketball game on Wednesday night at the Events Center.

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.

The 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.

Senior forward Bracey Barker led the way for Maine with team-highs of 13 points and six rebounds to go along with four assists and two blocks while Underwood finished with 12 points and a game-high three steals as the only other double-figure scorer.

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.

Game Notes: Laura Sario was named Player of the Game for Binghamton while Bracey Barker collected the honor for Maine.

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