Jan. 25, 2008
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The Boston University women's basketball team (9-8, 2-2 AE) will make the short trip to Durham, N.H. on Saturday, Jan. 26 to take on UNH (3-13, 0-4 AE) at noon. Both squads are coming off losses, as the Terriers dropped an 82-77 decision to Maine on Saturday, while the Wildcats fell to Vermont, 72-64. The game will be streamed live as an America East PackCast and produced by the Pack Network. The live streaming can be accessed at the America East Zone at americaeast.com.
The series with the Wildcats is the fourth-oldest rivalry for the BU women's team. BU has won eight of the last 12 meetings, however UNH holds the slim 29-27 advantage in the all-times series. The Terriers owned the first decade of the series, going 11-4 from Feb. 21, 1978 to Feb. 6, 1988, while the Wildcats won 11 of the next 15 meetings. Throughout the `90s, the two squads played a total of 22 times, and since 2000, BU and UNH have each taken eight contests.
In 2007-08, the Wildcats have struggled to pick up wins, earning three victories in the first four games of the season. Since their 71-59 triumph over Tennessee-Martin on Nov. 18, the Wildcats have lost 13 straight, however, six of those losses have been by eight or fewer points. In the recent loss to UVM, freshman Denise Beliveau and sophomore Candace Williams scored in double figures with 18 and 13 points, respectively, to lead UNH.
Sophomore Amy Simpson is the team's leading scorer with 11.8 points per game, followed closely by Beliveau (11.4 ppg) and senior Ashley Cerniglia (11.4 ppg). Williams leads the squad with 6.9 rpg and is fourth in the conference in that category. Beliveau is third in the America East with 2.27 steals per game and has earned 34 steals this season. As a team, the Wildcats are shooting a conference-high .351 from 3-point range and are second in 3-point field goals made (6.19).
Junior Jesyka Burks-Wiley had a team-high 19 points, followed by sophomore Aly Hinton with 15 and junior Kristi Dini with 12 in the loss to Maine. Hinton had the hot hand from behind the arc, hitting 4-of-6 attempts, while Dini was 4-for-11 from 3-point range. Senior Kasey Devine collected 10 rebounds, swatted two shots and earned two steals, while junior Christine Kinneary dished out 11 assists to go along with four points, one steal and three rebounds. The Terriers knocked down 11 3-pointers and shot 39.7 percent (29-for-73) for the game, compared to Maine's 23 field goals and three 3-pointers. However, the Black Bears' free throw shooting made the difference in the contest as they made it to the line 40 times and converted on 33 attempts. The game featured 20 lead changes.
Burks-Wiley is now third in the conference in scoring (14.9 ppg) and second in rebounding (7.3 rpg), while Kinneary is dishing out a conference-high 7.47 assists per game. Kinneary is fourth nationally in assists as of Jan. 20. She has handed out 10 or more assists five times, which includes her first career double-double on Jan. 19 (11 points, 10 assists). Kinneary has been careful with the ball and has earned a 2.54 assist/turnover ratio - tops in the conference.
As a squad, BU is tops in the conference in scoring (68.8), free throw percentage (.771), field goal percentage (.409), 3-point field goal percentage defense (.253) and assist/turnover ratio (1.09).
Following Saturday's game, BU will host UMBC on Jan. 30 at 7:00 p.m.