Release: February 5, 2007
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Women's basketball hangs on to defeat Vermont 73-69
VESTAL, N.Y.-- Senior center Laine Kurpniece (Riga, Latvia) posted a game-high 18 points and sophomore guard Erica Carter (Naperville, Ill.) added 16 points, leading Binghamton (7-14, 5-3 AE) to a 73-69 win over Vermont (14-7, 5-3 AE) in an America East Conference women's basketball game on Tuesday night at the Events Center. The victory snaps the Bearcats' two-game losing streak and stretches their winning streak at home to a season-high four games.
Kurpniece scored eight of her points within the first 11 minutes of the second half, as the Bearcats built a 58-41 lead with 8:43 remaining. From there, however, the Catamounts came roaring back to cut the deficit to 71-69 with 28 seconds remaining. With 26 seconds left, Kurpniece sank the first of two free throws, setting up a potential game-tying shot for Vermont.
Sophomore guard May Kostopoulos had an open look from beyond the arc, but her three pointer went in and out with three seconds remaining. Carter grabbed the rebound, was fouled and sank the second of two free throws to stretch the lead to 73-69. Vermont was unable to get off a final shot.
Before the frantic finish, the Bearcats had to dig themselves out of a 17-9 hole in the opening 8:23 of the game. Binghamton pulled to within 29-27 at the break.
Kostopoulos and fellow sophomore guard Courtney Pilypaitis each finished with 17 points. The duo combined for 23 points in the second half.
For Binghamton, senior forward Brianna Thompson (Chehalis, Wash.) netted a season-high 11 points, going 6-for-6 at the free throw line in the process. Senior guard Laura Sario (Espoo, Finland) chipped in 10 points while junior forward Laura Franceski had eight points and a career-high 13 rebounds.
Binghamton heads to Boston for a 7 p.m. next Wednesday.
NOTES: Sario now has 993 career points. She needs seven points to become the 11th player in school history, and fourth since the program moved up to the Division I level seven years ago, to reached the 1,000-point mark for her career. Kurpniece and Pilypaitis were named the America East Conference Players of the Game ... Carter has now reached double figures in each of her last four games ... the victory over Vermont is the first win for the Bearcats this season after trailing at the half. The eight point deficit is the largest that Binghamton has overcome this year.
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