Women's Basketball Takes on Stony Brook in Wednesday Night Road Contest


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BOSTON - The Boston University women’s basketball team (8-7, 0-2 AE) aims for its first conference win when it takes on Stony Brook (5-9, 1-1 AE) in a road contest on Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. The Terriers own an 8-5 advantage over the Seawolves in the series history and defeated the Seawolves in last year's America East semifinals.

THE TERRIERS: Boston University currently sports an 8-7 overall record and a 0-2 conference mark coming into Wednesday’s contest with Stony Brook, and is currently on a three-game losing streak with losses to No. 3 Duke, UMBC and Vermont.

Senior tri-captains Katie Meinhardt and Erica Kovach are the team’s leaders in points per game and rebounds per game. Meinhardt owns a team-high 15.1 ppg, and Kovach is averaging 7.2 rpg. Also contributing the Terriers’ frontcourt is freshman Aly Hinton, who has started every game this season at the center position. Hinton has posted 7.5 ppg and is .477 from the field. Classmate Kristen Folk is 59.1 percent from the field and has seen action in all but one game this campaign.

Junior tri-captain Cheri Raffo has now started all 76 games of her three-year career and is averaging 29.0 minutes per game in 2006-07. Sophomore guard Christine Kinneary has handed 3.3 assists per game in 25.7 minutes per game.

As a team, BU is posting 67.1 points per game, good for third in the conference.

LAST TIME OUT: Boston University fell to the University of Vermont by an 87-74 margin on Sunday afternoon. Senior Katie Meinhardt led with a team-high 17 points and senior Erica Kovach and sophomore Kristi Dini added 15 and 10 points, respectively.

Vermont shot 64 percent in the second half and used an 18-9 run that spanned nearly seven minutes to grab a 20-point lead, 84-64, and its largest of the game. However, the Terriers did not give up and cut the lead to 13 with one second remaining with a Meinhardt fi eld goal, which moved the final score to 87-74. Kovach and Vermont’s Kelly Poles earned co-America East Player of the Game honors for their performances.

SCOUTING THE SEAWOLVES: Stony Brook enters the contest coming off its first conference win of the season, taking a 72-60 contest over UMBC. In the match, the Seawolves played their best half of basketball opening on an 11-0 run to start the game and taking a 38-28 lead at halftime. Mykeema Ford completed the game with a season-high 29 points and was 9-of-9 from the free throw line. Ford surpassed 1,500 career points in the game.

Ford along with Jessica Smith, Dana Ferraro, Aly Young and Leah Getz are Stony Brook’s probably starters. Ford and Smith are averaging 16.9 and 16.1 ppg, respectively, while Ferraro is the team’s rebounding leader with 7.7 per game.

The Terriers and Seawolves have one common opponent in St. John’s, and while BU claimed victory over St. John’s, Stony Brook fell by a 74-55 margin on Dec. 30, 2006. With their win over UMBC on Jan. 7, the Seawolves snapped a three-game losing streak.

BU VS. STONY BROOK: Stony Brook joined the America East Conference during the 2001-02 season, which is when the series with Boston University began in a 67-60 loss on Jan. 13, 2002. BU claimed its fi rst win in the series a month later on Feb. 21, 2002, in a 62-48 decision. They met for a third and fi nal time that year in the America East Tournament, where the Seawolves defeated the Terriers, 63-46. The following season the Terriers picked up two wins by 88-76 and 93-51 margins, respectively. During the 2003-04 season the Terriers made it three in a row with a 67-66 home win. That season both games were decided by two points or less, as BU dropped a 72-70 decision on Feb. 25, 2004.

Over the past two seasons, the Terriers and Seawolves have met a combined six times, two times during the regular season and two AE conference tournament games. The Terriers have won 4 of the 6 games, including both tournament games.

LAST TIME VS. STONY BROOK: In one of the most exciting games in America East tournament history, then-sophomore Cheri Raffo tallied seven of her team-high 17 points in overtime to lead the Boston University women’s basketball team to a thrilling 76-74 semifinal victory over Stony Brook on Saturday at Chase Arena. Then-freshman Jesyka Burks-Wiley recorded 16 points and 20 rebounds and Kasey Devine hit two free throws with seven seconds left to advance the Terriers to the conference title game for the fourth straight season. Burks-Wiley’s rebound total was the second highest ever in America East tournament play and the most by a Terrier in over 16 years, as Lynne Ranando ‘90 collected 22 rebounds against New Hampshire on Jan. 26, 1990.

NEXT TIME OUT: BU returns to Case Gym for a 1 p.m., contest with the University of Albany. BU leads the series 9-2 and has won the past two meetings.

WELCOME HOME: Sophomores Christine Kinneary and Kristi Dini will be making a trip home to their native state of New York with tonight’s game. Kinneary graduated from Holy Trinity in Plainedge, N.Y., while Dini is a graudate of Putnam Valley in Putnam Valley, N.Y.

CLASS ACTS: While the Boston University women’s basketball team is considered a young team with three freshman and five sophomores, the Terriers have been led by its seniors Katie Meinhardt and Erica Kovach all season. Meinhardt is the team’s leader in points per game (15.1) and has reached double-figure scoring in all but two games she has played in this season, and Kovach is tops in rebounding with a 7.2 average and has scored 11.7 ppg, good for second on the team. In nine of the 15 games this season, Meinhardt or Kovach led with team-high scoring.



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