Dec. 7, 2011
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Boston University held off a late Yale rally to earn a 59-54 victory in New Haven, Conn., on Wednesday night. The Terriers improve to 4-4 with their first road win of the season.
Senior Caroline Stewart led the Terriers with her first double-double of the season. Stewart posted 14 points and matched that with 14 rebounds. Junior Mo Moran added 13 points for BU while sophomore Melissa Gallo netted a career-high 12 points.
Junior Chantell Alford added eight points, five rebounds and three assists for the Terriers while sophomore Rashidat Agboola grabbed seven rebounds and tallied six points.
BU never trailed in the game despite being out-scored 40-29 in the second half. The built a 30-14 advantage in the first 20 minutes after limiting the Bulldogs to an 18 percent field goal percentage (4-of-22) in the first half. The Terriers connected on 12-of-33 shots for a 36.0 clip in the opening period.
BU ended the game with a 39.7 shooting percentage (23-of-58) while Yale completed 17-of-47 shots for a 36.2 mark. The Terriers won the battle on the boards, 40-32.
BU opened the game with a 10-0 run and held the Bulldogs scoreless until the 13:20 mark. Yale then used a 5-0 run to cut down its deficit but BU built on its lead with a 7-2 run sparked by a three-pointer from Gallo. Alford followed with two consecutive layups then Gallo netted a jumper for the Terriers to regain their double-digit advantage at 19-9.
Both teams struggled to score for the next two minutes until Yale got back on the board with a layup from Michelle Casen with 8:13 on the clock. The Terriers held the Bulldogs without a field goal for the remainder of the half, as Yale only managed a trio of free throws in the remainder of the period.
The Terriers took a 20-point lead early in the second half from Alex Young's
first basket of the night but Yale responded with five unanswered points to shorten BU's lead to 38-23 with 14:52 on the clock. After a Terrier's basket, the bulldogs brought the margin down to 14 with a layup from Cashen.
Stewart ignited a run of six unanswered points for the Terriers, as they regained a 20-point lead, 38-18, at 16:32. Yale out-shot BU 18-8 over the next eight minutes to bring the margin down to 10 points, 46-36. Moran sunk a pair of free throws and Gallo drained a jumper to extend BU's lead before the Bulldogs held the Terriers scoreless for over three minutes to bring BU's lead down to 52-47 with 3:05 remaining.
Yale's Megan Vasquez kept the Bulldogs alive with a five-point run, as she brought Yale within two points and Hayden Latham kept the Bulldogs within a basket after an Alford jumper but the Terriers scored the last three points of the night off free throws from Moran and Alford to come away with a 59-54 victory.
The Terriers return to Case Gym on Saturday, Dec. 10, as BU hosts Marist. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.