Feb. 12, 2013
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BOSTON - The Boston University women’s basketball team makes its final trip as an America East member to Burlington, Vt., on Wednesday (Feb. 13) to take on the Vermont Catamounts. Tip-off is scheduled 7 p.m. in Patrick Gym.
The series between BU and Vermont dates back to the 1978 season and the teams have met at least once each season since then to total 71 meetings. The Terriers hold a 40-31 all-time advantage.
The Terriers currently own a six-game winning streak against the Catamounts including a 58-30 win at home on Jan. 9. Vermont last defeated BU, 69-52, in the America East tournament on March 7, 2010.
Winners of 17 of their last 18 games, the Terriers arrive in Burlington with a 20-4 record and a 10-1 mark in league play to remain in second place in the America East standings. BU’s 62.2 points per game rank second in the conference while their 51.0 points allowed per game are also second.
For the second straight season, BU will finish the year with at least 20 wins, as the Terriers reached that plateau with their 73-51 victory at Binghamton on Feb. 9. This marks the second time in school history that the Terriers will finish with back-to-back 20 win seasons, as BU also did it in 2007-08 (20-12) and 2008-09 (25-8).
The 2012-13 team is the fifth squad in program history to reach 20 wins and the fourth team to do so under ninth-year head coach Kelly Greenberg.
Senior Chantell Alford leads BU’s balanced scoring attack with a league-high 16.7 ppg while junior Rashidat Agboola is fifth in the conference with 11.8 ppg. Senior Mo Moran also averages in double digits with 10.3 ppg.
Agboola leads the conference with 9.1 rebounds per game while Moran’s 6.0 assists per game are also tops in the league. Additionally, the Terriers feature the America East’s top shot blocker in Whitney Turner, who swats an average of 1.5 balls a game.
BU is shooting 40.3 percent from the field and 35.6 percent from beyond the arc while leading the conference with 7.5 3-pointers per game.
Vermont enters Wednesday’s game with a 7-16 overall record and a 4-6 mark in league play. The Catamounts are looking to snap a four-game losing streak after falling to UMBC, 71-55, on Saturday. Vermont’s last win was a 61-53 triumph over Maine on Jan. 23.
Niki Taylor leads Vermont with 8.3 ppg while Tierra Shumpert is right behind her with 8.0 points per contest. Lauren Buschmann is the Catamount’s top rebounder with 5.7 boards per game and is the only player to start all 23 games this season.
As a team, Vermont averages 52.1 ppg while allowing 63.4 ppg. The Catamounts convert 33.8 percent of their field goal opportunities while allowing opponents to shoot 41.4 percent. Vermont ranks second in the league with 37.9 rpg.
BU returns home to Case Gym on Saturday (Feb. 16) to host New Hampshire at 1 p.m. Saturday will be BU’s Play4Kay Breast Cancer Awareness Game.