Immediate Release: January 31, 2005
Contact: David O'Brian (firstname.lastname@example.org)
named America East Conference Women's Basketball Co-Player of
the Week, Sario named Co-Rookie of the Week
N.Y.-- Junior forward Rachel
Laws (Wyncote, Pa.) has been named the America East Conference
Co-Player of the Week and freshman guard Laura
Sario (Espoo, Finland) has been named the Co-Rookie of
the Week for Jan. 24-30. Laws shares the honor with Albany's
Danielle Hutcheson while Sario split her award with Danielle
Hood of Hartford.
This marks the first week in Binghamton's four seasons in the
America East Conference that it has had both a Player and Rookie
of the Week. The last time any America East Conference school
had both a Player and Rookie of the Week was Dec. 20-Jan. 2 when
Northeastern's Maralene Zwarich was named the Co-Player of the
Week and Shaleyse Smallwood was the Rookie of the Week.
This marks the second time this season and the fourth time in
her career that Laws has received a weekly honor from the America
East Conference. She was the Player of the Week for Feb. 23-29,
2004, the Co-Player of the Week for Dec. 6-12, 2004 and the Rookie
of the Week for Feb. 16-22, 2003.
Laws scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds on Wednesday
as the Bearcats upset conference-leading Vermont 69-64. It was
the first time ever that the Bearcats had beaten the Catamounts.
She then followed up with a 19-point, eight rebound performance
on Saturday as the Bearcats defeated Northeastern 75-53. In the
past six games, the Bearcats have gone 5-1 and Laws has averaged
14.8 ppg and 8.2 rpg during that span. She has also turned in
a pair of double-doubles.
Currently, Laws ranks fourth in the America East Conference with
15.4 points per game and fifth in rebounding with 7.3 rebounds
Sario earns Co-Rookie honors for the second time in three weeks.
She continued her impressive season with 15 points, eight rebounds,
a career-high five assists, one block and one steal against Northeastern
on Saturday. Earlier in the week, she chipped in eight points,
five rebounds and one assist in the Bearcats first ever
win against Vermont. Sario has reached double figures in seven
of the Bearcats last eight games.
Sario currently ranks second on the team with 9.2 points per
Binghamton (6-11, 5-3 AE) travels to first place Hartford (12-5,
6-2 AE) on Wednesday at 7 p.m.