Immediate Release: February 17, 2007
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Women's basketball takes over third-place in conference with 77-67 win over Vermont
Bearcats register four double-digit scorers in key conference victory
BURLINGTON, VT-- Junior guard Laura Sario (Espoo, Finland) scored a game-high 19 points and led four Bearcats in double-figures as Binghamton (10-15, 6-6 AE) downed host Vermont (16-9, 6-6 AE) 77-67 in an America East Conference women's basketball game Saturday afternoon at Patrick Gymnasium. Combined with Maine's 63-61 loss at Boston, the Bearcats victory vaults them into sole possession of third place in the conference.
Leading 61-59 with 2:59 to play in the game, the Bearcats outscored Vermont 16-8 and converted on all 12 free-throw attempts to seal the ten-point victory. Senior guard Rebecka Lindgren (Oskarshamn, Sweden) connected on all six of her free throws down the stretch while senior guard Shea Kenny (Miller Place, N.Y.) went 4-of-4 from the line.
In the first half, Binghamton surged out to a 12-4 lead with 10:15 to play before Vermont mounted a 14-7 run over the next 4:38 to close to within 19-18 at the 5:37 mark. BU would respond with six straight points to go up 25-18 over the next 2:20 before settling for a 30-26 lead heading into the half.
In the second half, the Bearcats extended their lead to nine points when junior forward Brianna Thompson (Chehalis, Wash.) connected on two free throws at the 10:44 mark to make the score 49-40 before Vermont mounted a 10-3 run over the next 2:54, closing to within 52-50 with 7:50 to play. The Catamounts would get no closer, however, as Binghamton pulled out to a 57-52 advantage before icing the game from the line.
"Vermont is a high powered offensive team" said Binghamton head coach Rich Conover. "They shot the ball very well in the second half but we are able to make the plays we needed. Great job by Laura Sario and Brianna Thompson today. For us to score 77 points and get four players in double-figures, that's great for us. This league is really tough and anything can happen from the third seed to the the ninth. The players really stepped up today".
Sophomore forward Andrea Cihal led four Catamounts in double-figures with a season-high 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting and also grabbed a game-high tying nine rebounds while sophomore guard Sy Janousek added 12 points. Senior guard Brittney Cross finished with 11 points on the day while sophomore guard Amy Rosenkrantz rounded out Vermont's double-figure scorers with ten points. Freshman guard Courtnay Pilypaitis was held to five points.
Joining Sario in double-digits for the Bearcats were Thompson with 13 points and seven rebounds, Lindgren with 12 points and six rebounds and junior forward Laine Kurpniece (Riga, Lativa) with 10 points. Kurpniece also added a game-high tying nine rebounds while sophomore forward Laura Franceski (Moscow, Pa.) finished with nine points and eight rebounds.
The Bearcats return to action on Wednesday, February 21 when they host Stony Brook at 7 p.m. at the Events Center.
Notes: Laura Sario was named America East Player of the Game for Binghamton while Andrea Cihal garnered the honor for Vermont ... the 77 points scored by the Bearcats is the second highest of the season, trailing only a 79-54 performance at Colgate on December 16, 2006.
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