Feb. 29, 2012
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Alford Repeats as America East Player of the Year
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - The road to the America East championship begins on Friday, March 2, as the top-seeded Boston University women’s basketball team takes the court for the quarterfinals on the University of Hartford’s campus in West Hartford, Conn. Tip-off is set for 12 p.m. and the Terriers will face the winner of Thursday night’s play-in game between No. 8 Maine and No. 9 Stony Brook. Fans can watch the game live via America East All-Access on AmericaEast.com.
BU claimed the America East regular season title and clinched the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament with a 57-52 victory over Hartford at Chase Area on Saturday, Feb, 25. The Terriers completed the regular season with a 22-7 overall record and a 15-1 mark in league play.
Junior Chantell Alford leads a trio of Terriers averaging double-digit scoring performances while classmate Mo Moran adds 11.0 points per game and sophomore Rashidat Agboola nets 10.2 ppg. Agboola and senior Caroline Stewart are tied for the team lead with 8.6 rebounds per game.
At the conclusion of the regular season, the Terriers lead the America East in several statistical categories. BU owns the league’s highest-scoring offense with 59.9 points per game and also leads the conference in scoring margin with a +6.8 differential. On the defensive side, BU is top in the AE in field goal percentage defense (.347) while also leading the conference with 4.0 blocks per game and 26.3 defensive rebounds per game.
The Terriers own a 31-24 all-time record in the America East tournament and have made appearances in seven of the last nine title games, including a Cinderella-run to the championship as an eight seed in 2003. Under head coach Kelly Greenberg, BU is 11-7 (.636) in postseason AE play and has appeared in five title games, including three of the last four. BU is 5-2 when playing as the No. 1 seed.
BU will play the winner of the tournament’s play-in game between No. 8 Maine and No. 9 Stony Brook, which takes place on Thursday, March 1, at 6:05 p.m. The Terriers swept the season series with both teams this year, defeating Stony Brook, 69-34 on the road on Jan. 14 and at home, 56-31 on Feb. 11. BU topped the Black Bears in Case Gym, 75-34, on Jan. 11 before posting a 73-50 victory in Orono on Feb. 8.
Stony Brook finished the regular season with a 4-25 overall record and 1-15 mark in league play. The Seawolves are led by senior guard Whitney Davis with 8.7 points per game while junior forward Jessica Previlon leads the team with 5.4 rebounds per game. As a team, the Seawolves average 43.3 points per game while shooting 31.4 percent from the field.
Maine concluded the regular season with a 7-22 mark and went 4-12 in conference play. Senior forward Samantha Baranowski leads the Black Bears with 8.9 points per game while also pulling down a team-best 5.3 rebounds per game. The Black Bears average 52.6 points per contest with a 37.1 field goal percentage.
If the Terriers are victorious on Friday, they will advance to the tournament semifinals and play the winner of No. 4 New Hampshire and No. 5 UMBC on Sunday, March 4, at 11:04 a.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.