Dec. 27, 2007
RICHMOND, Va. -
Backed by junior Cheri Raffo's 16-point performance and sophomore Aly Hinton's 14 points, the Boston University women's basketball team handed Georgia Southern a 70-53 loss on Wednesday evening on the first day of the VCU SportsCenter Holiday Classic. Junior Jesyka Burks-Wiley also scored in double figures with 10 points, while classmate Christine Kinneary dished out a game-high 13 assists. BU will face host VCU game in the championship game on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The Terriers improve to 7-3, while the Eagles fall to 5-7.
In 40 minutes of action, Kinneary dished out 13 assists, to come within one hand out of her single-game school record. Raffo was 6-for-11 from the field and 4-for-5 from behind the arc to lead all players in scoring. Burks-Wiley brought down a game-high eight rebounds, while Hinton was 6-for-9 from the floor.
The Terriers out-rebounded the Eagles, 42-46, and earned five blocks and eight steals. BU shot 42.6 percent for the game, while Georgia Southern was 36.1 percent.
The Terriers and Eagles initially remained close exchanging leads twice in the first two minutes, however, backed by Raffo's hot shooting BU pulled ahead, 12-6, by the 15:50 mark and the senior guard netted eight of the Terriers first 12 points.
After Georgia Southern pulled to within a basket, BU stretched its lead out to seven on a trey by Kinneary and two free throws. Raffo continued her tear with another 3-pointer at 12:21 to extend the squad's lead to 20-10.
On an 8-2 spurt, the Terriers upped their lead to 14, 28-14, and with 1:08 remaining in the half, BU took its largest lead, 36-19, on a jumper by Burks-Wiley. Georgia Southern netted the final basket to bring the half-time score to 26-21. Raffo led all scorers with 11 points at the break, while Burks-Wiley and senior Kasey Devine each brought down five boards.
BU picked up where it left off in the second half, moving the score to 43-24. Raffo hit a jumper and a trey, while Burks-Wiley nailed two free throws to aid the Terriers' offensive effort. Devine came up big with a block during the sequence on defense.
Hinton surged in the second half posting eight points in three minutes to maintain the Terriers' commanding lead, 53-35. Freshman Kerry Cashman and Hinton combined for 10 of the Terriers' next 12 points, while the Eagles put up 12 to move the score to, 65-47, with 3:40 remaining in regulation.
In the final three minutes of the game, the Terriers maintained the majority of the possession as time ran out. Kinneary and junior Amarachi Umez-Eronini netted the final points for the Terriers to close out the scoring at 70-53.
BU will face host VCU on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.