March 6, 2009
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Burks-Wiley Garners WBCA National Player of the Month Honorable Mention
BOSTON - In its regular-season finale, the Boston University women's basketball team (21-6, 15-0 AE) will host Albany (5-23, 3-12 AE) on Saturday at 1 p.m., as it looks to cap off an undefeated conference season. The Terriers, who have already earned the top seed in the America East tournament, are riding a 16-game winning streak into Saturday's match-up and have matched a program record for wins in a season. The Great Danes have won two of their last three contests and are aiming for a seventh seed in the conference tourney.
THE TERRIERS: The Terriers are in the midst of their best campaign in program history, matching a program record for wins in a season (21) on Wednesday night at UMBC. In the process, they clinched the America East regular-season title outright for the first time ever. Already the top seed in the America East Conference tournament, BU is looking to become the first team and fifth overall to go undefeated in league play since Maine accomplished the feat in 2003.
BU is led offensively by its senior quartet - the winningest class in program history. Jesyka Burks-Wiley is second in the conference in points per game with 18.1, and she is followed by Kristi Dini (12.9), Christine Kinneary (11.1) and Amarachi Umez-Eronini (10.8). Burks-Wiley, a frontrunner for the America East Player of the Year, has led the squad in scoring in 17 games this season and has posted over 20 points on 12 occasions. The Kansas City, Mo., native is also the team's leading rebounder with 7.5 rpg.
As a team, BU leads the conference in scoring (72.5), field goal percentage (.431), turnover margin (+3.19) and 3-point field goals (6.1).
THE GREAT DANES:
Albany has won two of its last three contests, including a 57-40 triumph at Stony Brook on Wednesday night. Two games earlier, the Great Danes picked up a 92-80 victory vs. UMBC, in their highest scoring output ever at the Division I level - snapping a 10-game skid in the process.
On the offensive front, Janea Aiken leads the Great Danes with 12.8 points per game, while Britney McGee is close behind with 11.5 ppg. Tiffanie Johnson is the team's rebounding leader with 4.9 rpg, while Tabitha Makopondo has swatted a team-high 12 shots and Charity Iromuanya has earned 37 steals.
The Great Danes shoot .385 from the floor and .315 from behind the arc, while going .660 from the free throw line.
BU VS. ALBANY: The Terriers lead the all-time series, 13-3, including this season's 78-48 victory at Case Gym. Prior to that, BU won five of the last six. Albany picked up its other two victories of the series on Jan. 29, 2006, and March 2, 2005. The rivalry began on Jan. 18, 2000 with a 68-55 Terrier win and was followed by seven consecutive BU wins. The largest margin of victory in the history of the series came on Jan. 9, 2003 in a Terrier victory, 87-56.
POSTSEASON PROGNOSTICATIONS: With their victory on Sunday, March 1, vs. Maine, the Terriers guaranteed themselves at least a share of the regular-season title, which they have since clinched outright, and a top seed in the America East tournament. In addition, the Terriers secured a spot in postseason action, as the America East receives an automatic bid to the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) for the highest-finishing team in the conference's regular-season standings that does not advance to the NCAA tournament.
TERRIERS QUEST FOR PERFECTION: BU currently sits atop the America East regular-season standings with a perfect 15-0 record - two games ahead of second-place Hartford - and is aiming to become the first conference team to go undefeated in league play since Maine accomplished the feat in the 2002-03 season. On four occasions an America East school has gone unbeaten - Maine (1995-96; 2002-03) and Vermont (1991-92; 1992-93).
CLASS ACTS: The Terriers' senior class of Jesyka Burks-Wiley, Kristi Dini, Christine Kinneary and Amarachi Umez-Eronini recently became the all-time winningest class in program history following its thrilling 80-75 overtime classic at Hartford on Wednesday, Feb. 24. They currently own a .621 winning percentage over four seasons - the best in 19 years - with a 74-45 record.
The quartet surpassed the class of '90, which was 71-42 (.628). Lynn Bay, Renee Doctor, Marjorie Haney, Lynne Ranando and Tia Theriault were members of that class.
WINNING RESOLUTIONS: The start of the New Year has been good to the Terriers as they went unbeaten in the months of January and February. Following its Dec. 30 loss to St. John's, 74-66, BU turned it on in the new year, embarking on a program record 16-game winning streak - nine on the road and seven at home. BU is off to its best start in conference play in program history and is in the midst of its best season ever. The Terriers' next best league start was in the 1987-88 when they went 9-0.
TERRIERS REMAIN UNBEATEN IN AE CONFERENCE: The Terriers are now just one of five teams in the country that are unbeaten in their respective conference.
School, Conference, Conf. W-L Record (as of March 6)
Sacred Heart, Northeast, 18-0
Wisconsin-Green Bay, Horizon League, 17-0
Connecticut, Big East, 16-0
Boston University, America East, 15-0
Liberty, Big South, 14-0