For Immediate Release: February 9, 2006
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Binghamton women's basketball defeated by New Hampshire 55-49

Box score

DURHAM, N.H.--Whitney Edwards scored a game-high 13 points and host New Hampshire (13-8, 5-5 AE) put the clamps on defensively, defeating Binghamton (13-8, 6-4 AE) 55-49 in an America East Conference women's basketball game. The loss overshadowed the return of senior forward Rachel Laws (Wyncote, Pa.) who overcame an ankle injury to see action for the first time in six games.

Once again, it was turnovers that proved deadly for the Bearcats. They coughed up the ball 18 times, as opposed to six for New Hampshire. The Wildcats scored 15 of their points off Bearcat turnovers.

"We came out strong but New Hampshire made their adjustments defensively," head coach Rich Conover said. "Give them credit. We just didn't handle the pressure well."

In the first nine minutes, there was no indication of Binghamton's impending offensive struggles. The Bearcats raced out to a 16-4 lead, making three shots from beyond the arc in the process. New Hampshire, however, rallied to take a 27-26 lead at the break.

In the second half, Binghamton stayed within 44-42 with 6:28 remaining in the second half, but Ashley Cerniglia (Pittsford, N.Y.) hit a three-pointer and a jumper but New Hampshire promptly went on a 5-0 run to pull away for the win.

Sophomore guard Laura Sario (Espoo, Finland) led the Bearcats with 11 points, but had only two points in the second half. Sophomore forward Juta Jahilo (Helsinki, Finland) added nine points and a career-high 13 rebounds, while Laura Franceski (Moscow, Pa.) came off the bench and contributed nine points, seven rebounds, and six blocked shots.

Binghamton heads to Stony Brook on Sunday for a 2 p.m. game.

NOTE: The six blocks by Franceski is the most turned in by a Binghamton player since Leah Turncale swatted eight shots against Morehead State on Nov. 25, 2001.


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