Jan. 6, 2010
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BOSTON - The Terriers (5-8, 1-0 AE) will look to make it two in a row when it heads to Binghamton (4-9, 0-0 AE) for a Thursday match-up at 7 p.m. BU is fresh off a 71-65 conference-opening victory at Maine, while the Bearcats will be launching its America East regular season.
THE TERRIERS: BU started its 2010 America East slate on the right note with a 71-65 win over Maine, snapping a two-game skid and extending its unbeaten streak in the conference regular season to 21 games, dating back to the 2007-08 campaign.
Rookies Caitlynn Moran and Chantell Alford have made names for themselves across the league as each freshman has claimed Rookie of the Week honors on two occasions. Alford averages 14.4 ppg followed closely behind by Moran with 13.5 ppg.
BU boasts the league’s most prolific offense with 66.7 ppg, which is on pace with what it was scoring at this time last year (68.2 ppg).
LAST TIME OUT (Maine, Jan. 5, 2009): BU opened its conference schedule on the right note, downing Maine, 71-65, Tuesday night at Alfond Arena.
After facing a sizeable deficit for the majority of the game, the Black Bears scrapped their way back through the final minutes, stringing together an 11-3 run over a six-minute span to bring the score to 65-63 with one minute to play. Chantell Alford missed a jumper on the next possession, but a key offensive rebound and ensuing jumper by Aly Hinton gave the hosts a 67-63 lead that they would not relinquish. Four free throws by Alford in the closing seconds sealed the 71-65 win for the Terriers.
Alford led all scorers with a career-high 26 points and added career-best marks of four three-pointers, seven steals and matched a career best with six made free throws. Hinton turned in a 4-of-5 performance from beyond the arc for 15 points and a game-high tying nine rebounds while Alex Young rounded out BU’s double-digit scorers with 12 on the afternoon. Caitlynn Moran chipped in six points to go along with her six boards and team-best seven assists. The Terriers drained 12 three-pointers in the win, eclipsing their previous season high of 10 against UMass on Nov. 15.
LAST TIME OUT VS. BINGHAMTON (March 15, 2009):
The top-seeded women’s basketball team advanced to its sixth America East final in the last seven years with a 57-53 victory over No. 4 Binghamton on Saturday, March 15, 2009 in the semifinals. Amarachi Umez-Eronini
posted a game-high 23 points and was 11-for-14 from the charity stripe to lead the Terriers to their 19th-straight triumph.
Jesyka Burks-Wiley added 17 points, while Aly Hinton chipped in 11 points and a team-high nine boards. For Binghamton, all eight Bearcats that appeared in the game scored at least one point, led by the duo of Erica Carter and Viive Rebane with 11 points apiece. Rebane recorded a double-double by adding 11 rebounds.
The difference in the game proved to be the amount of trips the Terriers took to the line as they scored 12 more points from the charity stripe than the Bearcats did. Binghamton won the battle of the boards by a 46-35 margin and scored 18 second-chance points.
BU VS. BINGHAMTON: The series with Binghamton is relatively young compared with other opponents in the America East and the Terriers own an 11-7 advantage in the eight-year-old series. The Bearcats joined the conference in 2001-02, but the rivalry has heated up in recent years and with a highly-competitive season series last year. Last season, the Bearcats threatened BU’s undefeated conference season when it took the Terriers into overtime in Vestal, N.Y., until Amarachi Umez-Eronini’s last-second layup lifted BU to victory. In the semifinals of the America East tourney, the two teams squared off again and Bu advanced to the league finals after a four-point triumph.
TERRIERS IN CONFERENCE OPENERS: Following Tuesday's win, the Terriers are 13-12 all-time in conference openers dating back to the 1985-86 when the conference was then known as the Seaboard Conference. Under head coach Kelly Greenberg, BU is 4-2.
FRESHMEN SCORING: The Terriers’ freshmen class has contributed 43.8 percent of the team’s scoring this season, led by rookie Chantell Alford, who has netted a class-high 173 points (14.4 ppg).
CASHMAN, ALFORD SWAT THE SHOTS: Senior Kerry Cashman leads the team and is four in the league in blocked shots with 1.5 bpg (19 total this season), while freshman Chantell Alford, who stands at 5-10, has recorded 15 blocks and is ranked fifth in the America East. Alford swatted a single-game high five blocks for the Terriers vs. Marist on Dec. 12. Her five blocks are tied for second with five other AE student-athletes in the conference stats.
COUNTDOWN TO 1,000; Less Than 100 to Go: Senior Aly Hinton is the next Terrier in line to reach the 1,000-point plateau. The Richboro, Pa., native is just a mere 75 points away.
GREENBERG NEAR TWO MILESTONES: Greenberg needs just two wins to reach 100 victories in her time at BU and she is 18 away from the 200-win career milestone as a head coach. She is second all-time in program history for victories with 98 and her .579 winning percentage is the program’s best in the last 30 years.
TERRIERS IN THE NON-CONFERENCE SLATE: The Terriers’ non-conference schedule has been one of the toughest in the America East this season, as they have taken on six top 100 opponents.
THIS MONTH IN HISTORY: JANUARY
Jan. 28, 1981 - BU records 14 blocked shots versus Rhode Island. A record that has still not been reached in 29 years.
Jan. 16, 1988 - BU went a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line, second all-time. A feat that has only been accomplished three times in BU history.
Jan. 28, 2009 - BU went a perfect 8-0 during the month of January after beating UMBC 84-57. This was part of the team’s 19 game winning streak, longest in BU history.
Jan. 12, 1981 - Debbie Miller grabs a school record 30 rebounds versus Villanova.
Jan. 31, 1998 - Debbie Miller had her number 24 retired during the BU-Hofstra game.
Jan. 5, 2008 - Kristi Dini hits a half-court buzzer beater to beat Hartford 62-60 at home. This shot helped BU fulfill a perfect record at Case Gym that season.
TERRIERS IN THE AMERICA EAST: The women’s basketball team ranks in the top three in the America East statistics in eight categories, while individually, the Terriers rank in the top 10 in 10 categories.
BU IN THE TOP THREE:
Scoring Offense: 1st, 66.7 ppg
3-Point Field Goal Percentage: 3rd, .317
Blocked Shots: 3rd, 3.8 pg
Assists: 1st, 13.2 pg
Turnover Margin: 3rd, +2.31
Assist/Turnover Ratio: 3rd, 0.7
Defensive Rebounds: 3rd, 25.7 pg
3-Point Field Goal Made: 3rd, 6.3 pg
TERRIERS IN THE TOP 10:
Scoring: Chantell Alford (5th, 14.4 ppg; Alex Young (6th, 14.2 ppg); Caitlynn Moran (8th, 13.5 ppg)
Assists: Caitlynn Moran (3rd, 4.4 pg)
Free Throw Percentage: Chantell Alford (6th, .789)
Steals: Chantell Alford (3rd, 2.7 pg); Caitlynn Moran (6th, 1.9 pg)
3-Point Field Goal Percentage: Caitlynn Moran (3rd, .410)
3-Point Field Goals Made: Alex Young (8th, 1.5 pg)
Blocked Shots: Kerry Cashman (4th, 1.5 pg); Chantell Alford (5th, 1.3 pg)
Assist/Turnover Ratio: Caitlynn Moran (1st, 1.4)
Defensive Rebounds: Aly Hinton (5th, 4.6 pg)
Minutes Played: Caitlynn Moran (T-2nd, 37.0 pg)