For Immediate Release: January 31, 2009
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Binghamton women's basketball wins 62-49 at Maine

Box score

ORONO, Maine-- Senior Laura Franceski scored a season-high 22 points, grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds and tied a school record with eight blocks, powering Binghamton (9-11, 4-3 AE) to a 62-49 win at Maine (2-18, 0-7 AE) on Saturday afternoon at Alfond Arena. The victory was the second straight for the Bearcats as well as their third in the past four outings.

Franceski came within two blocks of becoming just the second Binghamton player in program history to record a triple-double. She did, however, tie the school record set by Leah Truncale, who blocked eight shots against Morehead State on Nov. 24, 2001. Franceski now has four career double-doubles as well as 206 career blocks.

"Laura did a great job and as the game win on, the outside players recognized that and did a good job in getting her the ball," head coach Nicole Scholl said. "It's great to get a conference win on the road."

Nursing a 25-23 halftime lead, the Bearcats hit 18 of their 27 shots after the break. With 7:43 remaining, Binghamton had built a 54-34 cushion. Franceski had 13 of her points and seven rebounds in the second half.

Junior guard Muffy Sadler added nine points while freshman point guard Andrea Holmes had eight points, four rebounds, five assists and two steals. Freshman Viive Rebane also scored eight points, grabbed six rebounds and had a career high four assists while junior guard Darryll Peterson recorded a team-high four steals.

Maine was led by Kristin Baker, who scored 14 points.

Binghamton hosts Vermont on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

NOTES: The lone triple double in Binghamton program history was recorded by Marlo Foley against Elmira College on Jan. 31, 1992. She had 14 points, 10 assists and 10 steals ... Binghamton won for just the second time in eight trips to Alfond Arena. It's last win was a 66-56 decision on Jan. 4, 2006 ... Franceski has now reached the 20-point mark twice in her career.

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