Jan. 15, 2013
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BOSTON - The Boston University women's basketball team takes its 11-game winning streak on the road when the Terriers travel to Orono, Maine on Wednesday (Jan. 16) to face the Maine Black Bears. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 at Alfond Arena.
BU and Maine meet for the 72nd time in program history on Wednesday with the Black Bears holding a 40-31 all-time advantage. Wednesday's game will make Maine the opponent BU has faced the most time in history, followed by the Terriers' 71 meetings with crosstown rival Northeastern.
The Terriers have dominated the Black Bears as of late by winning 10 of the last 11 meetings, including a season sweep of the series last year and a 52-43 victory over Maine in the 2012 America East Semifinals. The last time Maine defeated BU was on Jan. 23, 2008, by a score of 82-77 in Alfond Arena.
Looking for their 12th consecutive victory, the Terriers enter Wednesday's game with a 14-3 record and a perfect 4-0 mark in America East play. BU ranks second in the conference in both scoring offense (62.4 ppg) and scoring defense (51.5), while their points allowed rank 19th in all of Division I.
Senior Chantell Alford leads a trio of Terriers averaging a double-digit scoring performance with a league-leading 17.1 ppg. Junior Rashidat Agboola is second on the team with 11.4 ppg while senior Mo Moran is third with 10.4 ppg. Agboola leads the league with 9.2 rebounds per game while Moran is first in the conference, and 15th in the nation, with 6.5 assists per game.
The Terriers have been successful from the 3-point line, as they rank 13th in the nation with 8.0 3-pointers per game and are shooting 36.9 percent, good for 15th in all of Division I, from beyond the arc. In addition, BU has done a good job limiting the perimeter shot for its opponents, as the Terriers' foes have converted just 27.9 percent of its attempts from outside.
Maine enters Wednesday's game in search of its first America East win after starting the conference season 0-3. The Black Bears are 1-15 on the season with their lone win occurring against UNLV on Nov. 17, by a score of 74-67. Maine is coming off a 71-39 loss at Albany last Saturday.
The Black Bears rank eighth in the conference in both scoring offense (50.1 ppg) and scoring defense (67.4 ppg) and are shooting 34.7 percent from the field. Maine ranks second in the America East with 5.2 3-point field goals per game although the team is only shooting 25.8 percent from beyond the arc.
Maine is led by Ashleigh Roberts and Danielle Walczak, who average 9.6 and 9.4 ppg, respectively. Liz Wood is the team leader with 5.4 rpg.
BU remains on the road and visits New Hampshire on Saturday (Jan. 19). Tip-off between the Terriers and the Wildcats is slated for 2 p.m. in Durham, N.H., with the game being televised locally on WBIN.