Immediate Release: December 30, 2006
With the game tied at 60-60 with 4:56 to play, Syracuse came away with three consecutive baskets from Michael, junior forward Fantasia Goodwin and sophomore guard Cintia Johnson to take the lead 66-60 with 3:33 to play. Junior forward Brianna Thompson (Chehalis, Wash.) then netted a three-pointer and junior forward Laine Kurpniece (Riga, Lativa) added a layup to close the gap to 66-65 with 1:29 to play.
The score stayed that way until 25 seconds remained in the contest, when Michael sank two of her eight free throws to push the Orange lead to 68-65 and the Syracuse defense prevented a tying three point attempt to seal the three-point victory.
"I thought we gave a great effort but we are looking to win these close games," head coach Rich Conover said. "We have gone through some adversity this season but everyone in our locker room is ready to win."
After trailing by as many as 12 points in the first half, Binghamton ended the first half with a 6-0 run to close to 36-32 at the break. In the second half they battled back to take the lead with 15:30 to play, 42-41, and eventually led by as many six points before the late Orange run.
In addition to her 21 points Michael also added five rebounds and three steals for Syracuse while junior center Vaida Sipaviciute finished with 14 points and a team-high six rebounds and was the only other SU player in double-digits. Sophomore center Lina Lisnere added eight points, four rebounds and a game-high four steals.
the Bearcats, Kurpniece finished with 16 points and six rebounds
while Thompson added 14 points and five rebounds. Freshman guard
Muffy Sadler (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) posted
a career-high 11 points and tied her career mark with eight assists
while adding five rebounds, a block and a steal.
Game Notes: Kurpniece was named the Binghamton Player of the Game.
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