For Immediate Release: March 4, 2006
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Binghamton defeats Vermont 84-49 in regular season finale, clinches No. 4 seed in upcoming America East Conference Tournament

Box Score

BURLINGTON, VT.-- Sophomore center Laine Kurpniece (Riga, Latvia) and senior forward Rachel Laws (Wyncote, Pa.) each scored a game-high 21 points, powering Binghamton (16-11, 9-7 AE) to an 84-49 win over Vermont (9-16, 5-11 AE) in the regular season finale for both squads. With their first win at Patrick Gym in five attempts, the Bearcats lock up the No. 4 seed in next week's America East Conference Tournament and will face No. 5 UMBC on Friday at 8:30 p.m. in Hartford.

"I'm very pleased with how we played today," head coach Rich Conover said. "Rachel and Laine looked great today and we have some momentum going into the (America East) tournament having won our last three games."

Kurpniece also grabbed 13 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season. In addition, she recorded a career-high five assists, blocked a pair of shots and had two steals. Sophomore guard Laura Sario (Espoo, Finland) added 11 points.

Binghamton jumped out to an eight-point lead, 10-2, and never looked back. Vermont used a 10-5 run to cut the margin to four, 30-26, with 4:56 remaining but that is as close as the Catamounts would get the remainder of the game.

Binghamton maintained its double digit lead in the second half and stretched its advantage to 55-34 points at the midway point on a lay up by senior forward Jen Haubrich (Bow, N.H.).

The Bearcats shot 51.9 percent (27-for-52) from the field, as they scored the most points this season in a conference game. Binghamton also went 26-for-32 (81.3%) from the foul line and Krupniece was 7-for-10 individually from the stripe. The Bearcats also dominated the rebounding battle, doubling up Vermont with a 48-24 advantage on the boards.

NOTES: Binghamton finishes the regular season with a winning record in conference play for the third time in five years ... Laws now has 1,208 career points.


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