Feb. 15, 2012
DURHAM, N.H. - Despite being tied with New Hampshire at the break, the Boston University women's basketball team used a strong second half to claim a 63-52 victory over the Wildcats in Durham, N.H. on Thursday night. The victory moves BU to 20-6 on the season, marking the first 20-win season for the Terriers since 2008-09. BU remains undefeated in the America East with a 13-0 mark in conference play.
Sophomore Rashidat Agboola posted a double-double for the second-straight game with 17 points and 14 rebounds while junior Mo Moran added 13 points, five rebounds and four assists. Classmate Chantell Alford netted 12 points and six rebounds.
Senior Alex Young finished with nine points and three rebounds. The guard connected on two three-pointers early in the game to give her 210 treys in her career, which sets the new all-time BU record in made-three pointers.
BU shot 36.5 percent (19-of-52) from the field while UNH converted on 29.8 percent (17-of-57) of its opportunities. Both teams struggled from beyond the arc, as the Terriers went 3-of-18 (16.7 percent) and the Wildcats shot 5-of-22 (22.7 percent). The Terriers held the slight advantage on the boards, 39-38. Both teams turned the ball over 14 times.
For the first time this season, the Terriers went into halftime tied with their opponent with the score knotted at 23-23 after the first 20 minutes of play. Young opened the game for BU with back-to-back three-pointers and the Terriers held the advantage until UNH evened the score at 9-9. BU built separation with basket by Stewart from the top of the key and a trio of free throws from Young before UNH took a 17-16 lead with a three-pointer from Denise Beliveau with 7:50 remaining in the first.
Alford gave the lead back to BU after drawing the foul as she drove to the hoop. She completed the three-point-play from the foul line to put BU on top 19-17, but the lead was short lived as a UNH free throw and a trey from Cari Reed gave the Wildcats as 21-19 advantage with 4:17 to go in the half. After Alford tied the score again at 21-21, Kelsey Hogan gave UNH a two-point cushion with a layup. The Terriers scored the final points of the half with a pair of free throws by Agboola as the teams headed to the locker rooms with the score even at 23-23.
The score remained close in the opening minutes of the second half, as the teams traded the lead. Tied at 28-28, BU used an 8-0 run sparked by a pair of free throws from Moran to take a lead that they would never relinquish. With BU holding a 36-28 lead, UNH brought the margin down to three with a 5-0 run of its own. The Terriers opened up another eight-point advantage with two shots from Moran at the charity stripe and a layup by Agboola to go ahead 42-34, with 11:16 to play.
The Wildcats cut the deficit to five points, 48-43, after a layup from Beliveau at the 6:21 mark. The Terriers responded with a basket from Agboola on their next possession and then took a double-digit lead as UNH failed to make another field goal until there were 35 seconds left in the game. Reed's layup brought the margin to seven points, but the Terriers finished the game with free throws from Stewart and Agboola to claim the 63-52 victory.
The Terriers return to action on Saturday, when BU hosts Albany at Case Gym. With a win, the Terriers can clinch the America East regular season title. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m.
Saturday's game will be senior day, as the Terriers will honor their four seniors in a ceremony prior to the game.