Dec. 8, 2010
Box Score | Highlights
BOSTON - Led by a 20-point performance from sophomore guard Mo Moran, the Boston University women's basketball team (3-7) snapped a four-game losing streak as it cruised past Massachusetts (1-8) with a 66-49 victory. Moran led three Terriers in double figures.
The Terriers' trio of guards all reached double figures with Moran leading the charge with a season-high 20 points on 8-for-14 shooting. Junior Alex Young dropped in 14 points - including 12 from behind the arc - and sophomore Chantell Alford added 13. Additionally, Moran dished out seven assists and three steals to earn America East Player of the Game honors.
On the boards, senior Kerry Cashman hauled in nine rebounds to go along with two blocks as she is now within just one blocked shot of breaking into BU's career top ten for that category. The Terriers also got a big performance off the bench from freshman Rashidat Agboola who nearly turned in her first double-double with career highs for points (8) and rebounds (8).
The Terriers snapped out of their losing skid with a strong defensive effort as they forced the Minutewomen into 22 turnovers to net 25 points off the miscues. BU also had its best shooting game from the field since Yale (.486) on Nov. 17 - hitting 44.1 percent of its shots.
Through the first 15 minutes of the first half there were five lead changes and the score was tied twice in a tightly contested stanza. The Minutewomen hit back-to-back treys at 10:14 and 9:46 to take a 20-14 lead, which forced BU head coach Kelly Greenberg to call a 30-second timeout to recoup. It was the right decision as the Terriers went on a 17-5 run that spanned three minutes to claim a 31-25 advantage - one it would not relent the rest of the game.
UMass drew as close as three points in the waning minutes of the stanza, however, Moran went in for a fastbreak layup with 22 seconds remaining to give BU a 38-30 lead heading into the locker rooms at halftime.
During the second half, an energized Terrier squad pulled away as it outscored UMass 13-4 to take an 18-point advantage, 61-53, with just over five minutes remaining in the contest. Its largest lead came one minute later - 19 points, 64-55 - which proved to be insurmountable for the Minutewomen as BU went on to cruise to a 17-point triumph.
BU will take its momentum from Wednesday night's win into Saturday (Dec. 11) when it faces off with Marist in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. at 7:30 p.m.