For Immediate Release: January 24, 2006
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Binghamton women's basketball bounces back with 67-50 win over Vermont

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VESTAL, N.Y.-- Sophomore center Laine Kurpniece (Riga, Latvia) led a balanced attack with a team-high 14 points, leading Binghamton (11-6, 4-2 AE) to a 67-50 win over Vermont (7-10, 3-4 AE) in an America East Conference women's basketball game on Tuesday night at the Events Center. The win snapped the Bearcats' two-game losing streak.

Binghamton had four player reach double figures in scoring for the third time this season. Senior guard Jen Blues (Overland Park, Kan.) netted 12 points while senior forward
Jen Haubrich (Bow, N.H.) and freshman forward Laura Franceski (Moscow, Pa.) each chipped in 10 points. Defensively, the 50 points allowed is the second fewest points that the Bearcats have surrendered this season.

"It's good to get back in the win column," head coach Rich Conover said. "We came out strong and even though we did not shoot well at times, we held it together and got on a roll as the game went on."

Vermont sophomore forward Alexis Castro, who came into the game tied for the conference lead in scoring (16.9 ppg.) was limited to just 13 points and three rebounds. Alison Brown netted a game-high 15 points off the bench.

Nursing a 12-10 lead with 11:40 left in the first half, the Bearcats went on a 17-8 run to close out the break. Blues nailed two of her game-high three three-point shots in the final 1:59. Through the first 18 minutes of the game, Binghamton misfired on its first nine three-point attempts.

The pivotal run in the second half came early, as the Bearcats went on a 7-0 spree in a span of 2:17 to take a 39-21 lead with 13:57 left to go. The Catamounts got back to within 39-28 with 12:17 left but Binghamton scored the ensuing six points to go up 44-28 with 10:40 remaining. From there, Vermont never got closer than 14 points the rest of the way.

Binghamton was without senior forward Rachel Laws (Wyncote, Pa.), who missed her second straight game with a sprained ankle. In addition, sophomore forward Brianna Thompson (Chehalis, Wash) missed the game with a hip injury.

The Bearcats host Albany on Sunday at 1 p.m. in their last contest of a three-game homestand.

NOTES: Franceski reached her career-high in points, rebounds (six) and blocks (three) ... the last Binghamton player to record three blocks in a game was Blues, against Albany on Jan. 12, 2005 ... Blues now has 912 career points. She needs nine points to tie Reagan Stevens (1993-97) for 10th place all time ... Binghamton now has more victories than it did all of last season. The Bearcats were 10-18 during the 2004-05 campaign ... junior point guard Shea Kenny (Miller Place, N.Y.) recorded a game-high six assists, marking the fourth time this season she has tallied at least five helpers.

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