Feb. 25, 2011
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BOSTON - The Boston University women's basketball team (14-13, 11-4 AE) will welcome Vermont (5-23, 5-10 AE) to Case Gym on Saturday (Feb. 26) at 1 p.m. in the regular-season finale for both teams.
THE TERRIERS: In a pre-game ceremony the program will honor its three seniors - Krystyn McIntyre, Kat Briggs, and Kerry Cashman.
The Terriers, who have lost four of their last five games, are looking to gain some momentum heading into the last game of the regular season. With the America East tournament looming next week, BU is still vying for playoff positioning. With a win and a Binghamton loss, the Terriers will enter the tournament as the second seed.
Sophomore Chantell Alford continues to pour in the points as she is averaging 14.5 ppg and 16.1 ppg in conference games. Alford has scored 20+ points on five occasions and she is one of only four players in the America East to accomplish that feat. Junior Alex Young and sophomore Mo Moran round out the trio of Terriers who are averaging double figures. Young puts up 12.6 ppg and leads the team with 65 3-pointers. Moran meanwhile is averaging 10.1 ppg and has dished out a team-high 119 assists. Senior Kerry Cashman has stepped up in a big way this season and is hauling in a team-high 8.6 rpg and junior Caroline Stewart is close behind with 7.6 rpg.
As a team, BU is shooting a conference-high .386 from the field, .337 from behind the arc, and .669 from the free throw line.
BU VS. VERMONT: The Terriers and Catamounts have met a combined 66 times over the years and it is tied for the second-oldest rivalry in BU's program history with UNH, behind only Maine (67 contests). BU leads the series, 36-30, and has won 14 of the last 20 contests and two of the last six have gone into overtime, including double overtime in the 2008 AE semifinals, which the Terriers won by a 76-74 margin. The series has heated up recently, as BU took both games in the regular season in 2009, but UVM claimed the America East championship in 2009 - BU's lone loss to a conference opponent in 2008-09. Last year, the Terriers upset then-No. 24 UVM in the program's first-ever win over a ranked opponent before falling 77-59 in Burlington, Vt. a month later.
The series began on Nov. 29, 1978, in a 75-53 BU victory. The Terriers rattled off 16 straight wins in the series - going undefeated in the 1980s - before succumbing to Vermont for the first time on Feb. 3, 1990, by a 66-52 margin. The Catamounts made it two in a row with a victory on Jan. 19, 1991, 71-67, before the Terriers split the season series that year with a 54-53 decision. Vermont strung together six consecutive victories from Jan. 18, 1992, to Jan. 15, 1994. During the mid-1990s both teams traded wins, however, on March 3, 1996, Vermont began a streak of 15 consecutive wins that would be its longest in the series history.
NEXT UP: The Terriers will travel down to West Hartford, Conn., for the America East tournament. BU will play on Friday afternoon, but with the seeding still up in the air its game time is still to be determined.
TOURNAMENT SEEDINGS: As it stands now only three seeds have been determined for the 2011 America East Women's Basketball Championships. UMBC will enter the tournament as the top seed as it is the outright winner of the regular season. Hartford has earned the fourth spot and Albany will enter as the fifth. The rest of the bracket is still unknown.
BU and Binghamton are vying for the second seed. If both win on Saturday, the Bearcats will hold the tie breaker since they swept Albany earlier in the year. UVM and UNH are fighting for the sixth slot with UVM holding the tie breaker in that scenario. Finally, even though SBU and Maine know they will be playing in the play-in game, the seeding is still up in the air.
MO'S ASSISTS: Three times this season, sophomore Mo Moran has dished out 10 or more assists. Her career-high came against Yale back on Nov. 17 when she handed out 11 against Yale. She is the only player in the conference to surpass at least 10 assists in one game.
CASHMAN'S 10+ REBOUND GAMES: Senior Kerry Cashman has recorded 11 10+-rebound games this season, which is third in the conference for 2010-11. Albany's Julie Forester leads the league with 15, and UNH's Denise Beliveau has done it 12 times.
FREE THROW SEASON HIGH: Against Stony Brook on Sunday afternoon, the Terriers went 24-for-33 charity stripe, marking the first time in almost exactly two years since the squad has attempted at least 30 free-throws.
20-POINT PERFORMANCES: Sophomore Chantell Alford has posted 20+ points on five occasions this season, which is tied with SBU's Kirsten Jeter and Albany's Ebone Henry for third in the conference. Binghamton's Andrea Higgins and UMBC's Michelle Kurowski hold the top two spots as each has done it six times.
IN THE RECORD BOOK: A handful of current Terriers are making a name for themselves as they see their names rise in the BU record book. Senior Kerry Cashman is seventh all-time with 94 career blocks, while junior Alex Young's 148 3-pointer total ranks sixth all-time. Just a sophomore, Chantell Alford is averaging an impressive 14.7 ppg in two campaigns to rank fourth.
For single-season records, Young ranks third with 65 treys in 2010-11.
CASHMAN DOMINATES THE BOARDS: Since Jan. 15, senior Kerry Cashman has hauled in 10.8 rebounds per game, which ranks eighth in the NCAA for that time span.