March 7, 2009
The Boston University women's basketball team capped off a perfect America East Conference season with a 95-72 victory over Albany on Saturday afternoon in the regular-season finale at Case Gym. With the victory, the Terriers became just the fifth team in league history to go undefeated in conference play. In the process, they set a program record for wins in a season and improve to 22-6 overall and 16-0 in the league.
On senior night, the Terriers' senior class shined led by Christine Kinneary who recorded a double-double with 18 points and 11 assists to earn the Terriers' America East Player of the Game honor. Senior Amarachi Umez-Eronini recorded a career-high 24 points, while classmates Jesyka Burks-Wiley and Kristi Dini added 17 and 15 points, respectively. All four seniors had reached double figures by the end of the first half.
BU's inside game was on full display, pouring in 58 points in the paint, while adding 12 on the fast break. BU won the battle of the boards with a 39-26 advantage in rebounds. BU's 95 points was a season high.
In the first half, the Terriers scored the first two buckets and opened the lead to 11-5 backed by four fast break points from Umez-Eronini and a traditional three-point play from Kinneary. BU continued its tear as Dini put on a 3-point shooting performance - knocking down four straight treys to give the squad a 19-point advantage, 25-7.
Over the next ten minutes, the Terriers maintained a double digit lead; however, the Great Danes were able to get to within 12 points, 36-24, until Kinneary knocked down a triple from the top of the arc to up the advantage to 15 points with under seven minutes remaining in the first stanza. Umez-Eronini scored the Terriers' next five points to further distance themselves from the Great Danes.
With 25 seconds remaining, Burks-Wiley drove to the basket for layup, giving the Terriers their highest first-half total all season and Cashman closed out the first half with a last-second layup to move the score to 53-36. At the break, BU was shooting 60.0 percent from the floor and 83.3 percent from the charity stripe, while Albany was hitting 50.0 percent of its shots. Dini and Umez-Eronini led all players with 12 first-half points.
In the second half, BU picked up where it left off, extending its lead to 23 points, 65-42, on a 3-pointer from Burks-Wiley at the 16 minute mark. Over the next six minutes, the Terriers maintained a 20-point advantage, as they kept up their 50 percent field goal shooting. The lead never dipped below 20 points the rest of the way as the Terriers completed their first perfect AE season ever.
BU will now turn its focus to the America East tournament next weekend in West Hartford, Conn.