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From the Bearcats Athletics Website:

The Binghamton women's basketball team has announced the signing of three high school seniors, each of whom signed a National Letter of Intent as part of the NCAA's early signing period. They will join the Bearcats as freshmen next fall.

Erica Carter (Naperville, Ill.) is 5-10 shooting guard from Naperville Central High School. In her sophomore and junior seasons, she was named Class AA Third-Team All-State. Class AA is the highest class in the state of Illinois. With Carter at the shooting guard, Naperville has won two state titles.

In addition to being named all-state, Carter has been a Du Page Valley First-Team All-Conference selection as a freshman, sophomore and junior. The Du Page Valley Conference has also named her Academic All-Conference in each of her first three years.

Last season, Carter averaged 18.6 points, four rebounds, four assists and five steals per game. She scored her 1,000th career point on Feb. 23, 2005. The Chicago Sun Times has voted Carter one of the top 50 players in Chicago.

"Erica is a proven scorer," head coach Rich Conover said. "She has been a fixture in the Naperville Central lineup since her freshman year. She is an outstanding perimeter shooter that also has the ability to get to the basket. We are certain that Erica can have an immediate impact on our team."

Meredith "Muffy" Sadler (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) is a 5-8 guard from Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School. She was named Class 4A third-team all-state her junior year. Class 4A is the highest class in the state of Iowa. In addition, she was also named first-team All-Mississippi Valley Conference, first-team All-Eastern Iowa District and first-team All-Cedar Rapids Metro Area.

Sadler averaged 12.0 points, 5.5 assists, five rebounds and four steals per game last season. She shot 41 percent from beyond the three-point arc and 80 percent from the free throw line. Cedar Rapids Kennedy advanced to the Regional Finals in 2005.

On the AAU level, Sadler has competed on several pretigious teams during her high school career. Most recently, she started for the Iowa Select Team, the most elite program in the state.

"Muffy is a very versatile player that can play both the point and off guard positions," Conover said. "She has great knowledge of the game and is a leader both on her high school and AAU teams. We are extremely excited to have Muffy bring her skill and love of the game to our program."

Darryll Peterson (Baltimore, Md.) is a 6-0 wing player from Bryn Mawr High School. As a junior, she averaged 10.9 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game. At the conclusion of the 2004-05 season, she was named second-team All-Baltimore City by the Baltimore Sun.

Peterson also played for the Baltimore Cougars AAU team.

"Darryll brings great size and athleticism to the wing position," head coach Rich Conover said. "She has a nice mix of skills that allow her to score both inside and outside. We feel very fortunate to have a player of Darryll's caliber joining us at Binghamton."

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Nice to see the Bearcats get their first win of the season this afternoon. From the score, it appears to have been quite a battle. According to the game notes, Canisius was picked to be the #1 team in the MAAC this season, so it's also a nice win for the conference.

Now, let's hope the men can take care of business against CCSU . . . .
 

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The women have a shot at the America East IMO. Laws could be the best player in the conference this season.

She [Laws] just needs a consistent secondary scorer and the women will be in business for conference play.
 

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Quick note on those Bearcat signees...Erica Carter is from the same high school that Tennessee's Candace Parker attended. I'm pretty sure they played together for two seasons, and of course won a whole bunch of games.

I agree that the ladies have a great shot at the conference this season. This appears to be the deepest team they've had in quite some time, and the foreign kids should be much more comfortable after having some time to settle in to a whole new environment.

Wednesday begins a stretch of three games in four days, let's see how it goes.
 

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The women ripped off two wins in a row at home, beating defending MAAC champ Canisius 93-86 in OT and beating A-10 LaSalle 84-70.

The LaSalle win was extremely impressive because Laws scored only 9 points and the Bearcats still won in double digits. The new center, Laine Kurpneice went for 28 and 14 against LaSalle :clap: :clap: :clap:

The next game is at Marshall, a C-USA squad, on Friday.
 

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Ladies do it again; Bearcats knock off Marshall 77-68 in Huntington. This was a game the Thundering Herd really wanted because they lost to Bing by 25 last year (a rare dominant performace from Bing last year). Rich Conover called it an absolutely wonderful win and believes his team now has the skill to win some truly big games. Marshall took a 6 point lead with about 10 minutes left but Bing rallied with some hot shooting from the outside to pull it out.

Excellent performance on the road as they successfully punch above their weight class again. They did it again without a significant contribution from Laws who only scored 2 points.

Kurpniece went for 19, Jen Blues had 18, and Shea Kenny had 14 pts.

Morehead State away tomorrow night.

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The BU ladies ended a stretch of three games in four nights in three different cities with a 66-61 loss at Morehead St. Rachel Laws was back to old her self, with 18 points and 10 boards. Jen Haubrich was also outstanding, with 17 points.

Still, it's been a great stretch for the Bearcats. A home win over La Salle followed by a road victory at Marshall were both very, very big. The Morehead game was their second in less than 24 hours, taking on a well-rested team on that team's home floor. I think the girls are starting to understand how good they can really be...

BU is off for a few days before hosting Lehigh on Thursday. And then...to the Dome to take on Syracuse!!!
 

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GottaBabylots said:
The BU ladies ended a stretch of three games in four nights in three different cities with a 66-61 loss at Morehead St. Rachel Laws was back to old her self, with 18 points and 10 boards. Jen Haubrich was also outstanding, with 17 points.

Still, it's been a great stretch for the Bearcats. A home win over La Salle followed by a road victory at Marshall were both very, very big. The Morehead game was their second in less than 24 hours, taking on a well-rested team on that team's home floor. I think the girls are starting to understand how good they can really be...

BU is off for a few days before hosting Lehigh on Thursday. And then...to the Dome to take on Syracuse!!!
The Morehead State game was gravy; if they won that game after the big effort at Marshall that would have been a tremendous effort. That Marshall team is going to be really good this year and I don't think any other AE team could beat them down in Huntington (maybe Hartford or Maine, if they play their A+ game would have a shot). Marshall had a pretty good home winning streak going that the Bearcats snapped.

That being said, they were down 12 at halftime at Morehead and still almost pulled it out; the girls are a second half team and that bodes really well for the rest of the season. Most encouraging of all is if Laine can keep it up; she opens things up for everyone else when she's scoring down low.
 

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dpinzow said:
The Morehead State game was gravy; if they won that game after the big effort at Marshall that would have been a tremendous effort. That Marshall team is going to be really good this year and I don't think any other AE team could beat them down in Huntington (maybe Hartford or Maine, if they play their A+ game would have a shot). Marshall had a pretty good home winning streak going that the Bearcats snapped.

That being said, they were down 12 at halftime at Morehead and still almost pulled it out; the girls are a second half team and that bodes really well for the rest of the season. Most encouraging of all is if Laine can keep it up; she opens things up for everyone else when she's scoring down low.
Maine is not very good this season. Hartford, Boston U, UNH, and possibly Vermont and Stony Brook all look better than the Black Bears this season. Maine will be rebuilding for a couple of seasons now. Hopefully their new coach will have her players and system in place to make a run at the AE Championship in 2007-2008.
 

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dpinzow said:
The Morehead State game was gravy; if they won that game after the big effort at Marshall that would have been a tremendous effort. That Marshall team is going to be really good this year and I don't think any other AE team could beat them down in Huntington (maybe Hartford or Maine, if they play their A+ game would have a shot). Marshall had a pretty good home winning streak going that the Bearcats snapped.

That being said, they were down 12 at halftime at Morehead and still almost pulled it out; the girls are a second half team and that bodes really well for the rest of the season. Most encouraging of all is if Laine can keep it up; she opens things up for everyone else when she's scoring down low.

And speaking of Laine...she was just named America East Co-Player of the Week! Shared the award with Brittnie Hughes of UMBC. Laine was flat-out awesome against La Salle and Marshall...going for 28 and 14 (not to mention a game-high 4 assists), and then 19 and 9.

Her post play has been the biggest reason why the Bearcats' offense looks more explosive than it has in recent years. Laine also won a Rookie of the Week honor last season, as well.
 

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Binghamton 72, Lehigh 48...

First women's game I've actually attended at the Events Center, and it was worth the trip. These girls can really play.

When they're on offense and one player has the ball, the other four players are always moving in an effort to get open. They run all kinds of cuts, screens, and drives at almost any angle. Nobody really lit it up on the scoresheet tonight, but it was a total team effort as everyone chipped in. This was the largest margin of defeat for Lehigh this season (including Lehigh's loss to Arizona).

Next up is a trip to the Carrier Dome to play Syracuse in what should be a fun contest.
 

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Binghamton is playing as well as anyone right now. A very dominating type of win. At this point, AE could get an at-large bid to the NCAA Tourney if we have 2 or 3 teams with 20+ wins. We need a couple more "big" wins. In looking at everyone's schedule, I would say AE teams have a decent chance at getting a win in the following RPI worthy games:

Hartford vs. St. Joes
Hartford at Seton Hall
Boston U at Indiana
Stony Brook at St. Johns
Binghamton at Syracuse
 

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dpinzow said:
Binghamton 72, Lehigh 48...

First women's game I've actually attended at the Events Center, and it was worth the trip. These girls can really play.

When they're on offense and one player has the ball, the other four players are always moving in an effort to get open. They run all kinds of cuts, screens, and drives at almost any angle. Nobody really lit it up on the scoresheet tonight, but it was a total team effort as everyone chipped in. This was the largest margin of defeat for Lehigh this season (including Lehigh's loss to Arizona).

Next up is a trip to the Carrier Dome to play Syracuse in what should be a fun contest.
If there had been one glaring weakness during the Bearcats' first six games, it was defense. They were giving up over 70 ppg entering Thursday. But against Lehigh, they give up only 48, and held the pre-season Player of the Year in the Patriot League (Sara Ellis) to 2-for-11 from the field, and 0-for-5 from threes. She had averaged over 26 in her previous 3 games, and finished Thursday with 9.

The defense has gotten progressively better over the past four games, while the offense continues to click. To score 72 points and have only one player in double-figures (Laws) shows how deep they are.

And yes, I can't wait until that Syracuse game...
 

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Binghamton is playing as well as anyone right now. A very dominating type of win. At this point, AE could get an at-large bid to the NCAA Tourney if we have 2 or 3 teams with 20+ wins. We need a couple more "big" wins. In looking at everyone's schedule, I would say AE teams have a decent chance at getting a win in the following RPI worthy games:

Hartford vs. St. Joes
Hartford at Seton Hall
Boston U at Indiana
Stony Brook at St. Johns
Binghamton at Syracuse
They all look like big games...I added a few here

Hartford vs. St. Joe's: Very difficult for Hartford
Hartford vs. Seton Hall: Good chance for Hartford
Hartford vs. Miami: Decent chance for Hartford
Boston U at Indiana: Highly improbable
Boston U at Boston College: Decent chance for BU
Stony Brook at St. Johns: Puncher's chance for the Brook
Bing at Syracuse: Decent chance for Bing
Albany at Syracuse: Very difficult for Albany
Albany at UConn: Practically impossible but will help AE's SOS
 

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Quick note on those Bearcat signees...Erica Carter is from the same high school that Tennessee's Candace Parker attended. I'm pretty sure they played together for two seasons, and of course won a whole bunch of games.
Just going to bump it up before the Syracuse game with this Candace Parker quote regarding Erica Carter when they were teammates in Chicago.

"Sometimes we get so bored we make up things to do. Before practice one day, we decided our team needed streetball nicknames. So ... Erica Carter is "Bucket" because every time she shoots it's in."

Parker was considered the top women's player to ever come out of Chicago, and Carter was the #2 option on those state championship teams. Currently Carter is one of the most lethal shooting guards in high school Chicago women's hoops. If she's even half as talented as Candace Parker she'll be one of the best players in the AE as a freshman next season.
 

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Updated big AE non-conference matchups:

Hartford 65, St. Joe's 59 (GREAT win for Hartford, just concluded now)
Hartford vs. Seton Hall (12/29)
Miami 81, Hartford 61 (Hartford blown out here)
Indiana 62, Boston U 54 (Good effort from BU)
BC 66, Boston U 49 (BC stormed them right from the start)
St. John's 79, Stony Brook 60 (St. John's may actually be surprisingly good on the women's side)
Binghamton 74, Syracuse 52 (GREAT win for Bing)
Syracuse 70, Albany 52 (Albany hung in for a half before getting overpowered)
 
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