Dec. 1, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Despite junior Mollie McKendrick’s first career double-double, the Boston University women’s basketball team fell to Old Dominion, 62-56, in the Terriers’ final game of the inaugural Basketball Hall of Fame Women’s Challenge on Sunday afternoon at the MassMutual Center. BU moves to 2-6 on the season.
McKendrick was named Player of the Game for the Terriers, as she matched her career-high with 14 points and pulled down a personal best 16 rebounds. Senior Rashidat Agboola was second on the team with 16 points while classmate Danielle Callahan added 10 points.
Shae Kelley led the Lady Monarchs with 19 points and 13 rebounds for a double-double while Galaisha Goodhope added 10 points for ODU.
BU finished the game with a 40.0 field goal percentage (22-of-55) while ODU shot 39.3 percent (22-of-56). The Terriers shot 26.3 percent from beyond the arc (5-of-19) while ODU went 6-of-13 from the 3-point line. The Lady Monarchs connected on 57.1 percent of their free throws (12-of-21) and the Terriers shot 50.0 percent (7-of-14).
BU won the battle on the boards, 40-36, but committed 18 turnovers compared to 14 for ODU.
The Lady Monarchs took a 9-6 advantage into the first media timeout but BU responded with a 6-0 run that stretched to the second media stoppage called at 12:14. ODU hit its first basket in almost four minutes out of the break to even the game at 12-12 but a 6-0 spurt by the Terriers gave BU the advantage.
The Terriers took their largest lead of the first half following a trey from freshman Sarah Hope with 7:41 on the clock. The Lady Monarchs then cut the deficit to a point, 22-21, with a basket from Kelley before Callahan sank her first 3-pointer of the half. ODU responded on the other end and the teams traded baskets leading into the final minute. With 13 seconds remaining before halftime, Goodhope hit a shot from beyond the arc to send ODU into the break leading BU, 28-27.
ODU scored the first four points of the second half but Callahan kept it a one-point game with a trey just over a minute and a half in. Sophomore Clodagh Scannell
then hit her first shot of the game from beyond the arc before Michelle Brando pushed the Lady Monarch’s lead to 38-35 with 14:31 to play.
A 9-0 ODU run extended the advantage to 47-39 with 11:01 on the clock before senior Whitney Turner stopped the streak with a layup. BU struggled to score for the next five minutes, with its only points coming from a pair of free throws by Turner. Agboola got the Terriers back on the board to make it a 52-45 game with 5:21 to play.
The Terriers brought their deficit down to four points, 55-51, following a pair of free throws from sophomore Katie Poppe with 3:55 on the clock. Kelley then extended the margin for ODU with a three-point play. Agboola and McKendrick added a pair of layups in the final 20 seconds, as ODU held on for the 62-56 victory.
BU will play its fifth straight road game on Wednesday (Dec. 4) when the Terriers travel to Amherst, Mass., to take on Massachusetts. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.