For Immediate Release: March 1, 2008
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Binghamton women's basketball defeats New Hampshire 59-47

Box Score

DURHAM, N.H. -- Sophomore guard Erica Carter (Naperville, Ill.) had a team-high 12 points and senior Laine Kurpniece (Riga, Latvia) added 10 points, leading Binghamton (11-16, 9-5 AE) to a 59-47 win at New Hamsphire (6-20, 3-11 AE) in an America East Conference women's basketball game on Saturday afternoon at the Events Center. The win is the third straight for the Bearcats as well as their fourth in the past five games.

Binghamton has clinched at least the No. 5 seed in America East Tournament, which will be held March 13-16 at Hartford. Binghamton can still finish as high as No. 3. In addition, Binghamton has clinched its fourth winning season in conference play since joining the America East prior to the 2001-02 campaign.

The Bearcats used a 15-4 run to vault out to a 17-7 lead with 12:53 left in the first half. Sophomore point guard Muffy Sadler (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) drained three three-pointers during that stretch. The Wildcats, however, came back to trim the deficit to 27-24 at the break.

In the second half, Binghamton regained control of the game, going up 49-36 with 6:01 left in regulation. Carter scored 10 of her points during that span. In the final six minutes of the game, Kurpniece went 6-of-6 at the free throw line to ice the game.

Candace Williams of New Hampshire led all scorers with 13 points.

Binghamton returns home to face Albany on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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