Feb. 23, 2013
Box Score | Video Highlights | Postgame Comments: C. Alford
BOSTON – Seniors Chantell Alford and Mo Moran combined to score 40 points, as the Boston University women’s basketball team defeated UMBC, 72-51, Saturday afternoon at Case Gym. With the victory, BU improves to 23-5 on the season and 13-2 in America East action.
Saturday was Senior Day and the Terriers honored their four seniors, Alford, Moran, Jacqueline Kuczynski and Kristen Sims, in a pregame ceremony. The quartet has guided BU to 79 victories during their four-year career.
Alford eclipsed the 20-point plateau for the second straight game, and ninth team this season, with a game-high 26 points, while adding five assists and three steals. Moran was second on the team with 14 points to go with five rebounds and a block. Sims finished with seven rebounds and three blocks.
Junior Rashidat Agboola tallied nine points and eight rebounds while sophomore Mollie McKendrick led the team with a career-high 10 rebounds in addition to seven points in 19 minutes off the bench.
Raven Harris led the Retrievers with 15 points and six steals while Ashley Lambert added 10 points off the bench. Kristin Coles led UMBC with 10 rebounds and chipped in nine points.
BU ended the game with a 48.2 (27-of-56) field goal percentage while UMBC shot 31.7 percent (19-of-60). The Terriers held a 44-34 advantage on the boards while UMBC committed 10 turnovers compared to BU’s 13.
BU jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead to start the game before UMBC followed with a 9-2 run to tie the score at 9-9 following a jumper from Harris at the 14:43 mark. Both sides hit a 3-pointer to keep it even before the Terriers went on a 10-0 run that spanned over four minutes to grab a 24-10 advantage with 7:10 remaining in the half.
UMBC ended its drought with a pair of free throws from Lambert and then added a basket by Harris to bring its deficit down to six points. BU regained a double-digit advantage with jumpers from Alford and Agboola before Lambert scored for the Retrievers. Agboola netted the final points of the half with a shot as the clock was winding down to send BU to the locker room with a 30-20 advantage.
Both teams struggled to score in the opening minutes of the second period, as the first three points of the half came from Alford at the free throw line. Coles tallied the first field goal of the second period over four minutes in which sparked a back-and-forth exchange of baskets over the next five minutes.
With BU leading 50-40 following a 3-pointer from Alford, Lambert brought UMBC’s deficit down to single digits with a layup from Lambert, but BU quickly regained the double-digit advantage and continued on a 15-2 run to build its lead to 65-44, following a 3-pointer from Moran with four minutes on the clock.
UMBC halted the run with a jumper from Kim Browning but McKendrick kept the Terriers lead to 20 points with a fast-break layup on the other end. After two free throws from Harris, head coach Kelly Greenberg went to her bench to allow the seniors to exit the game. Freshman Clodagh Scannell hit a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession and BU went on to claim the 72-51 victory.
The Terriers conclude the regular season with their final America East game on Wednesday (Feb. 27) when BU hosts Maine at Case Gym. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.