Jan. 17, 2011
BOSTON - The Boston University women's basketball team (8-9, 5-0 AE) cruised to a 65-39 victory over UMBC (9-9, 3-2 AE) on Monday afternoon at Case Gym as it extends its winning streak to five games. Junior Alex Young and sophomore Chantell Alford posted 16 and 14 points, respectively, while senior Kerry Cashman matched a career high with 14 rebounds.
For the second consecutive game, Cashman pulled in 14 boards as she earned America East Player of the Game honors. She scored nine points to go along with two blocks and two assists. Young was 5-for-15 from the field with 12 of her points coming from behind the arc, and Alford earned double-figure scoring for the ninth straight game on 5-for-13 shooting.
The difference in the game was a crucial 18-7 run midway through the first half that put BU ahead 28-14 after a back-and-forth start to the game that saw six lead changes. It also marked the first double-digit lead of the game and the Terriers next looked back the rest of the way.
The Terriers took it to the Retrievers inside, scoring 24 points in the paint, while converting on 13 points off turnovers. UMBC recorded 14 miscues, which BU took advantage of as it scored 18 points off turnovers.
Through the first 10 minutes of the match both teams struggled from the field as they combined to score just 15 points. The early going was marred with turnovers and UMBC led 10-7 at the 9:23 mark, but that would be the last time it would hold an advantage as the Terriers would embark on an 18-7 run that would push their lead into double figures, 28-14, and never look back.
At the break, BU led by 14 points with five Terriers contributing at least five points apiece.
In the second half, BU continued to separate itself further from the Retrievers, going up by 18 points, 42-24, at the 16:46 on a trey from Young. The advantage hovered around 15 points for the next three minutes until Alford nailed a three at 13:23 to push it the lead to 20 points, 47-27. Down the stretch Cashman had the hot hand, converting on two traditional three-point plays to give BU a sizeable 56-33 lead with 5:31 remaining in the contest.
BU's largest lead of the game came on the final basket as junior Kasie Carbacio
drained a three at the top of the arc to round out the scoring at 65-39.
The Terriers will head to Stony Brook on Thursday (Jan. 20) for a 7 p.m. matchup before hosting three straight TV games against Hartford (Jan. 23), Binghamton (Jan. 26), and New Hampshire (Jan. 29).