For Immediate Release: December 2, 2005
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Binghamton women's basketball wins third straight, defeats Marshall 77-68

Box score

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.-- Junior guard Shea Kenny (Millerplace, N.Y.) scored all of her season-high 14 points in the second half, leading visiting Binghamton (3-2) to a 77-68 win over Marshall (3-3) in a women's non-conference basketball game Friday night at the Cam Henderson Center. The Bearcats have now won three straight contests.

"I can't say enough about the team's effort tonight." head coach Rich Conover said. "We were able to respond in a tough road environement. This is just a wonderful win for our team ."

Sophomore center Laine Kurpniece (Riga, Latvia) led three Bearcats in double figures, netting a team-high 19 points while also grabbing a team-high 9 rebounds. Senior guard Jen Blues (Overland Park, Kan.) added 18 points on the strength of some terrific shooting. On the evening, Blues shot 5-of-8 from the field, including 4-of-7 three point field goals, and was perfect from the line on all four attempts during the game's winding moments.

The first half saw a series of runs. Led by Kurpniece's 11 first-half points, the Bearcats jumped out to an early 26-15 lead. Marshall, however, would respond with a surge of their own, outscoring Binghamton by a 13-1 margin over the next 4:51 to grab a 28-27 lead. The Bearcats than bounced backed to take a 32-30 advantage into the locker room.

"Last year at our place, it was the kind of thing where everything we threw up there fell," Conover said. "We were excited to come down here and play them again. We started the game well, then Marshall made a big run and I was happy with the way we responded."

Binghamton would trail by as many as six points in the final period and were behind 49-48 with under seven minutes to play, when a Shea Kenny three-pointer ignited the Bearcats on a 19-7 run to grab a commanding 67-56 lead. The decisive surge spanned a total of 6:21 and was spearheaded by the marksmenship of guard Shea Kenny, who was perfect from downtown, connecting on three consecutive three-point field goals.

The Bearcats shot 50% from the floor, including 9-of-19 from long range and were equally as impressive at the charity stripe, where they hit on 20-of-25 attempts.

Senior forward Jen Haubrich (Bow, N.H.) added eight points and four rebounds while sophomore guard Laura Sario (Espoo, Finland) contributed with 7 points and three assists.

Marshall was led by senior guard Sikeetha Shephard-Hall, who tallied a game-high 20 points. Junor forward Crystal Champion added 11 points and seven rebounds for the Thundering Herd.

Binghamton plays their second game in as many nights on Saturday when they travel to Morehead, Ky. to take on the Lady Eagles of Morehead State University.


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