Durham, N.H. - Playing her first collegiate game in her home state of New Hampshire, junior forward Becky Bonner (Concord, NH) scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Boston University women's basketball team to a 68-57 win over UNH at Lundholm Gymnasium on Friday, March 5.
Wrapping up its regular-season, B.U. improved to 17-10 overall and 12-6 in America East play. UNH dropped to 10-17 overall and 6-12 in league play.
B.U. dominated the boards in the first half, outrebounding UNH, 24-15, to take a 28-21 lead at the break. Freshman guard Nadia Bibbs (Oak Forest, IL) grabbed six of her team-high eight rebounds in the first half.
Senior guard Katie Terhune (Port Murray, NJ) hit three consecutive jumpers in the opening minutes of the second half as B.U. extended its lead to 37-25 at 16:32.
Led by Maren Matthias, UNH rallied to cut the deficit to 38-33 at 14:12. Matthias scored 11 of her team-high 19 points in the second half.
With UNH hanging in against a tough B.U. defense, Bonner hit a pair of three-pointers to increase the spread to 55-46 at 8:08.
Whitney Edwards hit a jumper as the Wildcats closed the gap to 57-50 with 4:49 to play. But B.U. hit 7-of-8 free throws over the closing minutes to ensure the victory.
Bonner hit 7-of-10 from the field and 3-of-4 from three-point range to finish with 21 points. Terhune added 17 points, raising her B.U. record scoring total to 1,932. Junior forward Adrienne Norris (Delafield, WI) chipped in with 12 points and six rebounds.
As a team, B.U. hit 17-of-20 from the free throw line while UNH converted just 10-of-18.
The Terriers held a 41-32 advantage on the boards with all nine players grabbing at least one rebound.
For the second consecutive year, B.U. will be the third-seed at the America East Championship. The Terriers will play in quarterfinals against the sixth-seeded Vermont Catamounts (14-12, 8-10) at the Chase Family Arena in West Hartford on Thursday, March 11, at 12:00 p.m.