Sophomore guard Katie Terhune scored seven of her game-high 18 points in overtime. Photo by Rob Klein.
Durham, N.H. - Limited to 22 minutes due to a stomach flu, sophomore guard Katie Terhune (Port Murray, NJ) scored seven of her game-high 18 points in the overtime period to lead the B.U. women's basketball team past host New Hampshire, 68-64, on Friday night (March 1) at Lundholm Gymnasium.
With the victory, the Terriers secure a Top 3 seed in next week's America East Tournament. Should Maine lose to Hartford tomorrow, B.U. would take the #2 seed. A Maine win would give the Black Bears the #2 seed and move the Terriers down to the #3 seed.
"This win is huge for our program," said third-year head coach Margaret McKeon. "We set a goal in the beginning of the season to finish in the top four. It came down to this one game and we acheived our goal."
Freshman forward Adrienne Norris (Delafield, WI) hit two free throws and junior guard Alison Argentieri (Hornell, NY) hit a three-pointer to give B.U. a 60-55 advantage in the first minute of overtime.
Lindsay Adams banked a lay-up from the block and Maren Matthias hit a free throw to narrow the gap to 60-58 at 3:11.
But Terhune, who entered the game averaging a league-best 19.0 ppg, took over on the offensive end. Terhune buried a three-pointer from the top of the key to put B.U. up 63-58 with less than three minutes remaining.
The Wildcats hit 3-of-4 from the free throw line to cut the advantage to 63-61 but Terhune hit a tough leaning bank shot from the left low-post to extend the lead to 65-61. Terhune would sink UNH's hopes for a late comeback, hitting both ends of a one-in-one with 20 seconds to go in the extra session.
"Katie was able to go to the line with confidence," said McKeon. "Great players know how to get it done when it counts. I know she didn't want to be denied this win."
After trading the lead in the opening eight minutes of first half, the Terriers jumped out to a 23-16 advantage when Argentieri sunk an NBA-range three-pointer at 8:14. UNH failed to make a field goal for a seven-minute span until Colleen Mullen got the Wildcats back on track, hitting a jumper at 4:08 to spark a 9-4 run that closed out the half. B.U. led 34-29 at the break.
The Wildcats reclaimed the lead as Adams hit a three-pointer to put UNH up 43-42 at 11:40 in the second half. UNH extended the lead to 53-48 at 7:41 as Matthias scored two of her 11 points off a lay-up.
With their leading scorer on the bench for more than half of regulation, the Terrier defense led the comeback. Sophomore guard Marisa Moseley (Longmeadow, MA) tied a career-high with five blocks and teamed with freshman forward Larissa Parr (Eau Claire, WI) to quiet the Wildcat's post play.
Senior guard Dia Dufault (Malone, NY), who started in place of Terhune, hit a three-pointer from the top of the key as B.U. cut the lead to 53-51 at 5:40. On the next trip down, Dufault drove the lane and found Parr open for a lay-up to tie the game 53-53 at 4:14. Heidi Plencer sunk two free-throws for UNH, and Terhune and Moseley each hit 1-of-2 to send the game to overtime.
UNH outrebounded B.U., 56-43, with Aubrey Danen grabbing a game-high 13 boards. Moseley had a career- and team-high 10 rebounds for the Terriers.
Argentieri joined Terhune in double figures, scoring 11 points. Norris had nine points and eight rebounds and Parr added eight points and six boards.
Plecner paced the Wildcats with a team-high 13 points. Danen and Geneva Livingston each had 10 points.