Jan. 21, 2014
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BOSTON - Beginning a two-game home stand, the Boston University women’s basketball team returns to Case Gym to host American on Wednesday (Jan. 22). Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on the Patriot League Network.
The Terriers (7-12, 2-4 Patriot League) and Eagles (12-5, 5-1 PL) are set to meet for the fourth time on Wednesday with BU holding a 2-1 lead in the all-time series. The teams first met at the Georgetown Tournament in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 25, 1981, when BU won 78-68. The Terriers were also victorious in their next meeting, 97-67, in Boston on Jan. 7, 1982. American’s only win in the series came the last time the two teams met on Dec. 11, 1982, in Washington, D.C. The Eagles won, 89-71.
The Terriers will look to make it two wins in a row after earning their first Patriot League road win with Sunday’s 70-60 triumph at Loyola. BU employed its fourth different starting lineup of the season on Sunday as seniors Rashidat Agboola and Danielle Callahan along with freshman Sarah Hope were joined by junior Mollie McKendrick and sophomore Clodagh Scannell, who were both making the first starts of their career.
Agboola posted her second double-double of the season against Loyola with 13 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. The forward leads BU with 11.8 ppg and 7.3 rpg and has scored in double-digits in seven of BU’s last eight games. Callahan is second on the team with 10.8 ppg and ranks third in the Patriot League with 5.1 ppg.
Since Patriot League play began, Scannell is second on the team with 10.8 points per game and is shooting 45.9 percent from beyond the arc.
The Terriers average 61.5 ppg and allow 67.2 ppg to their opponents. BU is shooting 36.5 percent from the field and 31.7 percent from beyond the arc. The Terriers are second in the Patriot League with 7.3 3-pointers per game.
Wednesday’s game marks head coach Kelly Greenberg’s 300th contest as the leader of the Terriers.
American brings its four-game winning streak to Boston on Wednesday, including a 72-57 win at Lafayette on Saturday. The Eagles are in second place in the Patriot League standings with a 5-1 mark in conference action and a 12-5 overall record.
Alex Dobbs leads the Eagles with 13.8 ppg while Arron Zimmerman has been American’s top scorer in conference action with 13.8 ppg. Sarah Kiely leads the team with 5.9 rpg while Dobbs is second in the conference with 5.1 apg.
American averages 65.9 ppg while holding opponents to 55.0 ppg, which is fewest amount of points allowed in the Patriot League. The Eagles are second in the PL with a 42.4 field goal percentage and are tops in the conference by limiting opponents to a 35.6 shooting percentage.
Megan Gebbia is in her first season as head coach of the Eagles after spending 10 seasons as the associate head coach at Marist.
BU will remain at home on Saturday (Jan. 25) to host Bucknell. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on the Patriot League Network.
Saturday’s game is National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The day is devoted to recognizing the progress of girls and women in sports. BU Athletics will be holding a pregame event featuring a question and answer session with current female BU student-athletes, a special guest speaker and much more. All participants at the pregame NGWSD event receive free admission to the game along with free food & drinks. For more information and to sign up visit http://www.goterriers.com/ngwsd