For Immediate Release: March 10, 2005
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Binghamton women's basketball ends season with 80-65 loss to Vermont
Bearcats exit America East Conference Tournament in quarterfinal round

Box Score

HARTFORD, Conn- No. 4 Vermont (14-14) shot a tournament record 63 percent from the field and in the process, handed No. 5 Binghamton (10-18) an 80-65 loss in an America East Conference Tournament quarterfinal game at the Chase Arena in Hartford. The defeat marks the fourth consecutive season that the Bearcats have dropped their opening game at the America East Tournament.

"Give Vermont credit," head coach Rich Conover said. "You are not going to beat a team when they shoot that well."

The Catamounts shot 31-for-49 for the game, including nine-of-16 from three-point range. They shot 68 percent in the first half alone and built a 41-27 lead at the intermission. The Bearcats were unable to overcome that deficit despite shooting 44.9 percent for the game.

Junior forward Rachel Laws (Wyncote, Pa.) led Binghamton with 16 points and six rebounds. Fellow junior forward Jen Haubrich (Bow, N.H.) added 14 points and six rebounds. Freshman center Laine Kurpniece (Riga, Latvia) added 10 points and freshman guard Laura Sario (Espoo, Finland) dished out a career-high seven assists.

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