For Immediate Release: February 10, 2007
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Binghamton women's basketball falls at Maine 59-56

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ORONO, Maine-- Senior guard Ashley Underwood netted the go-ahead three pointer with 1:32 remaining, leading Maine (12-10, 6-5 AE) to a 59-56 win over Binghamton (8-15, 4-6 AE) in an America East Conference women's basketball game on Saturday afternoon at Alfond Arena. The visiting Bearcats, who trailed by as many as nine points in the second half, made a valiant, late-game comeback but were unable to come away with the win.

Underwood, who scored a career-high 30 points in her most recent game, finished with a game high with 19 points. Senior forward Bracey Barker added 13 points. The Black Bears were 24-of-28 from the free throw line, with Underwood making 10 of her 13 attempts.

For the Bearcats, junior guard Laura Sario (Espoo, Finland) scored 11 of her team-high 18 points in the second half. Junior forward Brianna Thompson (Chehalis, Wash.) scored 12 points while junior forward Laine Kurpniece (Riga, Latvia) added 10 points. Sophomore forward Laura Franceski (Moscow, Pa.) tied a season high with five blocks.

Binghamton jumped out to a 17-8 lead in the opening 5:30 of play but the Black Bears came back and trimmed the deficit to 29-28 at the break. Maine actually led Binghamton 28-27 late in the first half but a basket by Kurpniece with 1:12 left appeared to give the momentum back to Binghamton.

In the second half, Maine went on a 9-0 spurt to take a 43-34 lead with 11:40 remaining in the second half. The Bearcats, however, refused to go quietly and reclaimed a 52-49 lead with 4:16 left to go.

The Black Bears were down 53-51 when Underwood sank her go-ahead shot. In the end, Binghamton had the ball down 59-56 with 11 seconds left but was unable to get off a final shot.

Binghamton returns home for a 7 p.m. game on Wednesday against UMBC.

NOTES: Franceski now has 38 blocks this season and 64 for her career. Her 38 blocks is the sixth-highest total in a season by a Binghamton player and her 64 career blocks ranks fourth all-time ... Kurpniece has now reached double figures in scoring five straight games ... Sario also scored 18 points in the game against Maine on Jan. 10 at the Events Center.
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