Release: November 10, 2007
The loss overshadowed a 22-point, nine-rebound performance by senior center Laine Kurpniece (Riga, Latvia). She led all players in scoring and posted the most points by a Binghamton player in a season opener since the program moved up to the Division I level in 2001. Junior forward Laura Franceski (Moscow, Pa.) added a career-high 15 points and a pair of blocks while senior guard Laura Sario (Espoo, Finland) chipped in 10 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Junior forward Kelsey Kahle
was the lone Portland State player in double figures with 18
Kurpniece coverted a three-point play with 3:36 left, reclaiming the lead for Binghamton. After Erin Yankus hit one of two free throws at the 3:09 mark, Valentine hit her game-turning jumper.
Down 62-60 with 8.7 seconds
left, Kurpniece had a chance to tie the game when she was fouled
in the paint. Unfortunately, she missed both of her attempts
after making all of her previous 12 tries during the game.
Defensively, the Bearcats held
the Vikings to just five field goals in the second half. Three
of Portland State's field goals, however, came during the decisive
run of the game.
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