For Immediate Release: March 8, 2008
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Women's basketball loses regular season finale at Vermont 63-49

Box Score

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Sophomore guard Courtnay Pilypaitis scored 13 of her team-high 20 points in the second half, leading Vermont (22-7, 13-3 AE) to a 63-49 win over Binghamton (11-18, 9-7 AE) in the final regular season game of the year for both teams. The Bearcats are the No. 5 seed in the upcoming America East Tournament (in Hartford) and will take on Albany on Friday at 8:30 p.m.

Vermont hit its first three shots of the game and forced Binghamton to turn the ball over five times to take a quick 6-0 lead. Vermont never trailed in the game, but could not pull away form the Bearcats until the 6:38 mark of the first half. Junior Sy Janousek converted a layup to spark a 9-4 spurt, capped by a three-pointer by senior Sara Fenton, her first three-pointer of the year, to open up a seven point Vermont lead, 25-18, with just over four minutes remaining in the half.

The Catamounts would take a six point advantage into the break, despite Binghamton shooting 50 percent from the field and UVM shooting 38.7 percent from the floor. The Bearcats were plagued by 15 first-half turnovers, which resulted in 12 points for the Catamounts.

Vermont maintained a single-digit lead for the first part of the second half, but another layup by Janousek at the 8:17 mark pushed UVM’s advantage to 11 points, 50-39. The Catamounts would maintain its double-digit lead for the remainder of the game to post the win.

Pilypaitis added seven rebounds and went 12-for-13 from the foul line. She made her first five free throws to set a new single-season record for most consecutive free throws, connecting on 27 straight over the past four games and breaking the old mark of 23 held by former standout Morgan Hall ’03 during the 2002-03 season.

Sophomore guard May Kotsopoulos added 12 points and three steals, while Cihal came off the bench to grab a team-high seven rebounds and added six points and three blocks. Janousek also chipped in six points for the Catamounts.

Senior center Laine Kurpniece (Riga, Latvia) netted a game-high 21 points to lead the Bearcats. She added six rebounds and four assists while shooting 8-for-12 from the floor. Sophomore guard Erica Carter (Naperville, Ill.) chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds.

The Catamounts held Binghamton to 27.3 percent shooting in the second half and the Bearcats finished the game with 20 miscues. The Catamounts went 19-for-22 from the line and recorded 10 steals in the contest.

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