For Immediate Release: December 17, 2005
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Binghamton women's basketball stuns Syracuse 74-52 at the Carrier Dome

Box Score

SYRACUSE,, N.Y.-- Sophomore center Laine Kurpniece (Riga, Latvia) netted a team-high 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, leading Binghamton (5-3) to a 74-52 win over Syracuse (5-4) in a non-conference women's basketball game at the Carrier Dome. The win is the Bearcats first in four tries against the Organgewomen.

Binghamton raced out to a 44-23 lead at the break and never led by less than 10 points in the second half. Senior guard Rachel Laws (Wyncote, Pa.) scored 12 points, while sophomore guard Laura Sario (Espoo, Finland) chipped in nine points. Senior guard Jen Blues (Overland Park, Kan.) and senior forward Jen Haubrich (Bow, N.H.) added eight points each.

"This is a great win for us over a very good Syracuse team," head coach Rich Conover said. "We came out and set the tempo early and our defense was outstanding."

"Give Binghamton credit," Syracuse head coach Keith Cieplicki said. "They came out great and got the win. They played very well tonight.

In arguably the best half the team has played all season, Binghamton went up 44-23 at the break. The Orangewomen, however, fought back in the second half and closed to within 48-38 with 13:53 left in the second half.

The key run of the game, however, was the ensuing 7-0 blitz by the Bearcats in the ensuing 5:48 to stretch the led to 55-38. Sario netted five of her points during the run.

Kurpniece's final basket of the night sealed the game for Binghamton. She swished a three-pointer with 5:30 to go which made the score 66-44.

Binghamton returns home to face Colgate on Monday at 7 p.m.

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