Nov. 10, 2007
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. -
Backed by a career-high 18 points from senior Kasey Devine and another 18-point performance from junior Jesyka Burks-Wiley, the Boston University women's basketball team staved off a late rally from Siena to earn a 70-66 victory in the season opener on Saturday, Nov. 10.
Burks-Wiley (Kansas City, Mo.) was 5-14 from the field and a perfect 6-6 from the free-throw line. She also brought down a game-high eight rebounds.
Devine (North Kingstown, R.I.) was 7-10 from the field, 4-4 from the charity stripe and collected four rebounds.
As a team, the Terriers were 20-23 from the free-throw line and shot 43.7 percent for the game.
After trailing by six to start the game, BU battled its way back and went end-to-end with the Saints early in the first half. Junior Christine Kinneary (Plainedge, N.Y.) knotted the score at 15 at 8:15 in the stanza when she faked to her right to throw off the defense then went up for the easy lay-up. Senior Cheri Raffo (Morristown, N.J.) gave the Terriers their first lead of the game on with a trey on the next possession.
After a defensive rebound from senior Corinne Jean (Victoriaville, Quebec), sophomore Aly Hinton (Richboro, Pa.) made it a six-point advantage at the 10:40 mark. BU's lead increased into double digits with 8:14 left in the first stanza when Devine recorded her third field goal off the game.
BU shot 46.2 percent in the first half to Siena's 33.3 percent.
The Terriers went on a 12-3 run to start the second half to bring its lead up to 16 points, 53-37, with 15:34 remaining. Less than a minute later, BU took its largest lead of the game on Raffo's jumper to move the score to 55-37.
Siena used a 16-2 run to cut the lead to four points, 57-53, with less than eight minutes to go in regulation. Melissa Manzer's trey made it a two-possession with 7:28 remaining. Sophomore Amarachi Umez-Eronini
(Washington, D.C.) put the lead back up to eight points, however, the Saints made a late rally with less than two minutes to go with two field goals and three free throws to make it a one-point game.
After BU got back possession, Siena began to foul and Kinneary and Hinton hit three clutch free throws to pull away and earn the 70-66 victory.
The Terriers return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 13 when they host URI in the home opener at 7:00 p.m.