BOSTON - Senior guard Katie Terhune (Port Murray, NJ) scored 15 of her game-high 20 points in the second half as the B.U. women's basketball team held on for a 71-68 win over cross-town rival Northeastern at Case Gymnasium on Saturday, Feb. 21.
Winners of 10 of their last 12 games, the Terriers improve to 15-8 overall and 10-4 in America East play. The Huskies drop to 11-12 overall and 5-8 in the league.
With her game-high 20 points, Terhune moved to within two points of B.U.'s all-time scoring record with 1,867 points. Debbie Miller-Palmore holds the program-record with 1,869 points from 1977-81.
B.U. led by as many as seven in the first half and took a 34-31 lead at the break. Northeastern was able to tie the score twice in the first five minutes of play in the second half but B.U. used a 5-0 run midway through the half to take a 55-48 lead with 6:11 left to play.
Melissa Kowalski hit a three-pointer as Northeastern closed the gap to 65-63 with 1:22 remaining. Both teams traded trips the free throw line and B.U. led 69-66 with 17 seconds to go. Joi Jefferson drove the lane for a lay-up to put Northeastern within one, 69-68, with eight seconds left on the clock. Junior forward Becky Bonner (Concord, NH) drained a pair of free throws and Northeastern was unable to get off a shot over the final six seconds in the game.
Bonner finished 14 points and four rebounds while sophomore guard Rachael Vanderwal (Stoney Creek, ONT) came off the bench to chip in with 10 points and five rebounds.
Junior forward Adrienne Norris (Delafield, WI) led a dominant Terrier squad on the boards, tallying a game-high 10 rebounds. B.U. outrebounded Northeastern, 47-33, and had 22 offensive rebounds.
Jody Burrows led Northeastern with 18 points while Francesca Vanin added 15 points and seven rebounds. Kowalski finished with 12 points while Michelle Decerbo had 11.
Up next, B.U. hits the road for a game at Stony Brook on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 7:00 p.m.