Dec. 29, 2013
BURLINGTON, Vt. – By shooting a season-high 51.9 percent from the field, the Boston University women’s basketball team defeated former America East foe Vermont, 80-62, in the Terriers’ last game of 2013 Sunday afternoon in Patrick Gym. BU closes out the non-conference portion of their schedule with a 5-8 record while Vermont falls to 4-8.
Senior Rashidat Agboola led the Terriers with 19 points, including a 5-for-5 performance from the free throw line, and added six rebounds, four assists and three blocks. Freshman Meghan Green also reached double-digits with a career-best 14 points. Senior Whitney Turner led the team with nine rebounds and added nine points while freshman Sarah Hope connected on a trio of 3-pointers to also contribute nine points.
Kristina White led the Catamounts with 16 points and six rebounds while Niki Taylor added 14 points.
BU shot 27-of-52 (51.9 percent) from the field and 6-of-13 (46.2 percent) from beyond the arc while converting 80 percent (20-of-25) of its attempts from the free throw line. Vermont shot 35.9 percent from the field (23-of-64) and 31.3 percent from beyond the arc (5-of-16). The Catamounts went 11-of-18 (61.1 percent) from the charity stripe.
Vermont held a 38-34 advantage on the boards. The Terriers converted 16 Vermont turnovers into 22 points while BU committed 13 turnovers.
The Terriers took a 44-27 advantage into the break after leading by as many as 20 points in the opening period. The game was tight, 9-7, heading into the first media timeout at 16:11 but the Terriers widened the margin with a 9-2 spurt sparked by a 3-pointer from sophomore Clodagh Scannell to take an 18-9 lead into the under 12 media stoppage.
The Catamounts got back on the board out of the break with their first field goal in over five minutes and brought their deficit down to four points, 18-14, following a trey from Kylie Butler. Following the timeout on the floor at 7:51, BU began to gain separation from Vermont. Turner and Agboola combined for a pair of baskets and senior Melissa Gallo
added a pair of free throws to make it a 10-point game, 29-19.
With under 4:30 to play in the first, the Terriers used a 13-1 run to open up a 41-22 lead. Senior Danielle Callahan sank a pair of shots from the charity stripe with 1:20 on the clock before Kristina White added a 3-pointer for the Catamounts to close out the half.
Vermont used a 10-5 run to open the second half and bring the deficit down to 12 points, 49-37, following a layup from Wheeler with 15:08 on the clock. The Terriers responded with back-to-back treys from Hope and Scannell and used a pair of free throws from Agboola to regain a 20-point advantage almost halfway through the period.
The Catamounts brought the margin down to 18 points with a layup from White but a 9-4 spurt by BU gave the Terriers a 25-point cushion following a layup from freshman Courtney Latham with 5:23 on the clock.
Latham scored the Terriers next basket to give BU its largest lead of the game, 77-51, but Annie Wheeler hit a layup on the other end for the Catamounts. Vermont outscored BU, 7-2, in the final minute of action, as the Terriers claimed the 80-62 victory.
BU plays its first-ever Patriot League game on Thursday (Jan. 2), when the Terriers visit Holy Cross. The game is set to begin at 7 p.m. in Worcester, Mass., and will be broadcast on the Patriot League Network.