March 16, 2008
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. -
The Boston University women's basketball team (20-12) fell to top-seeded Hartford, 61-45, on Sunday evening in the America East title game in West Hartford, Conn. Junior forward Jesyka Burks-Wiley led with 12 points and junior point guard Christine Kinneary chipped in 11.
Burks-Wiley and senior Cheri Raffo earned all-tournament team honors for the efforts over the three post-season contests.
Against Hartford, Burks-Wiley was 4-for-7 from the field and 2-for-3 from the line with six rebounds, while Kinneary was 4-for-12 with two assists. Junior Amarachi Umez-Eronini had two steals in the game and senior Kasey Devine swatted two shots.
BU shot 26.3 percent for the game and was 84.6 percent (11-for-13) from the line. The Terriers scored six fast-break points and posted 11 second-chance points.
The Terriers fell into an early 9-2 hole as they went the first 2:10 without a basket; however, Kinneary cut the deficit to four when she went in for the layup and drew the foul at 15:39, converting on the three-point play. Devine closed the gap to two points with a jumper and BU remained within two points over the next four minutes. Raffo made it a one-point game with a long three after BU dropped down by four at 9:25.
The Hawks went on a 6-0 spurt to increase its lead to 21-14 with five minutes remaining in the first stanza. Hartford closed out the half with a 28-20 advantage after holding BU scoreless for nearly three minutes to post its largest lead of the half until Raffo hit two free throws with 15 seconds left.
In the second half, the Hawks started on a 5-2 spurt to move the score to 33-21 and it opened up a 12-point lead at 17:49 when MaryLynne Schaefer made three consecutive free throws. Burks-Wiley closed the gap with a trey at 16:02 to put the deficit at 11, 41-30.
Hartford increased its to 16 points, 50-34, at 9:28, and continued to maintain a double-figure lead over the next four minutes. With four minutes remaining in regulation, the Hawks held a 56-43 advantage, backed by clutch free throw shooting from senior Danielle Hood. Hartford closed out the game on a 9-2 run to put the final score at 61-45.