Immediate Release: March 2, 2004
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defeated by Northeastern 60-56
Mass. --Senior forward Francesca Vanin drained a game-high 17
points, leading Northeastern (12-14, 7-10 AE) to a 60-56 win
over Binghamton (10-16, 9-8 AE) in an America East Conference
women's basketball game on Wednesday at Solomon Court. The loss
ended the Bearcats' four-game winning streak and marked the first
time in four games that they have been defeated on Northeastern's
"We had a lackluster effort late in the first half,"
head coach Rich Conover said. "We came out strong in the
second half but we did not take care of the basketball late in
Vanin was one of three Husky players in double figures. Sophomore
guard Jody Burrows netted 16 points and junior guard Maralene
Zwarich added 13 points.
For Binghamton, freshman Laine
Kurpniece (Riga, Latvia), the reigning America East Conference
Rookie of the Week, led the way with 14 points. Junior guard
Haubrich (Bow, N.H.) had 11 points and nine rebounds while
freshman guard Laura
Sario (Espoo, Finland) chipped in 11 points.
Northeastern broke the game open late in the first half as sophomore
guard Jody Burrows sank a three-pointer with one second remaining,
giving the Huskies a 33-26 lead at the break. The first half
featured two ties and three lead changes but a 6-0 run by the
Huskies in the final minute gave the host team the momentum.
In the second half, Binghamton came storming back to take a 41-39
with 13:02 left to go. Kurpniece netted the last six points during
the run. Northeasern, however, answered back with an 11-4 run
to take a 50-45 with 6:43 to go. Burrows again provided final
shot of the run, with another three pointer.
From there, Binghamton trimmed the deficit to 58-56 on a pair
of free throws by Haubrich with 1:13 remaining. Following a Northeastern
miss, the Bearcats got the ball with 27 seconds left, prompting
Conover to call a time out.
In the ensuing 20 seconds, junior forward Rachel
Laws (Wyncote, Pa.) and Sario missed back-to-back shots.
Freshman guard Shaleyse Smallwood grabbed the rebound, was fouled
and sank a pair of free throws with five seconds left to ice
Binghamton closes out its regular season on Saturday at Vermont
at 1 p.m.
had eight points and in the process, moved into eighth place
all-time in school history with 957 points. In the process, she
surpassed Alicia Koppenhoffer (1994-98) who had 954 career points.