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For Immediate Release: December 3, 2005
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (naglieri@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

Binghamton women's basketball falls at Morehead State 66-61

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Morehead, Ky.-- Morehead State (4-1) closed out the first half on a 26-7 run and withstood a late rally to defeat visiting Binghamton (3-3) 66-61 in a women's non-conference basketball game Saturday night at the Ellis Johnson Arena. The loss snaps the Bearcats' recent three-game unbeaten streak.

The Bearcats charged out of the gate in the second half, battling back to within just two, 63-61, in the contest's waning moments, but two consecutive turnovers would ultimately thwart Binghamton's attempt to draw even. The Lady Eagles preceded to sink 3-of-4 free throws to establish the game's final margin.

"I thought we really battled. Unfortunately, we had some defensive lapses in first half that were difficult for us to overcome." head coach Rich Conover said. "Of course, it is always tough to play back-to-back nights, especially on the road, but you have to give Morehead State credit, they played a very strong game."

The Bearcats were led by senior guard Rachel Laws (Wyncote, Pa.) who finished with a game-high 18 points and 10 rebounds. Joining Laws in double figures, was fellow senior, forward Jen Haubrich (Bow, N.H.) who netted 17 points and 3 rebounds before fouling out late in the second half.

Morehead State headed into locker room with a 40-28 halftime advantage on the strength of a blistering 61.5% ( 8-13) shooting from behind the arc. Sophomore guard Megen Geerhart keyed the charge, with 13 first-half points, includng 4-of-4 three-point field goals. On the evening, Geerhart would finish 5-of-6 from long distance to join sophomore guard Anitha Smith-Williams with a team-high 16 points.

Junior guard Shea Kenny (Millerplace, N.Y.) added 7 points and 2 assists, while sophomore center Laine Kurpniece (Riga, Latvia) finished with 6 points and 8 rebounds in 23 minutes of action

After a grueling stretch of three games in four days, the Bearcats will have the next four days off before returning to action on Thursday night at the Events Center to take on the Mountain Hawks of Lehigh University.

"Overall, I would say we played well over this last week." said Conover. "We have some things we need to work on as we get ready to take on a very solid Lehigh team."

Notes:
Laws now has 18 career double-doubles...Morehead State holds a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series versus Binghamton.

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