BOSTON - Northeastern's Shayalese Smallwood scored a game- and career-high 24 points as the Huskies defeated host Boston University, 70-64, in front of 1,171 at Agganis Arena on Saturday, Feb. 20.
Smallwood scored 15 of her 24 points in the second half as the Huskies won the final America East regular-season game between the Terriers and the Huskies. Next season, Northeastern (10-13, 4-9) will join the Colonial Athletic Association. Red-shirt sophomore Katie Meinhardt paced B.U. (11-12, 6-8) with a season-high 19 points.
Northeastern built a 30-24 lead at the break as B.U. shot just 27.3 percent from the field. Francesca Vanin scored eight of her 14 points in the first half.
The Huskies took their largest lead of the game, 44-32, after a lay-up by Vanin at 15:28 in the second half.
Meinhardt capped a 10-3 Terrier run with a three-pointer from the right corner as B.U. cut the lead to 55-53 at 6:08. Northeastern answered with a 12-2 rally to push the lead back to 67-55 at 2:46.
B.U. was able to cut the deficit to six twice in the final minute but the team's free throw woes kept Northeastern out of reach. The Terriers hit just 13-of-26 in the game, connecting on just 9-of-19 in the second half.
Northeastern held a 44-41 advantage on the boards, with Maralene Zwarich grabbing a team-high nine rebounds.
Senior forward Adrienne Norris (Delafield, WI) had a game-high 10 rebounds to go along with her 15 points. Junior guard Rachael Vanderwal (Stoney Creek, ONT) was the third Terrier to reach double-figures in scoring with 11 points.
The Terriers open a two-game road trip at first-place Maine on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 7:30 p.m.