PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's University women's basketball team edged Boston University, 51-49, in a Pre-Season WNIT First Round game at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse on Friday, Nov. 12.
In her first collegiate game, freshman guard Corinne Jean (Victoriaville, QUE) led the Terriers with a game-high 14 points.
The game marked the beginning of a new era for the B.U. women's basketball program as Kelly Greenberg made her official debut as the Terriers' head coach. The game was also a homecoming for Greenberg, who grew up in Philadelphia and played collegiately at LaSalle. Prior to her appointment at B.U., Greenberg had spent the last five seasons as the head coach at the University of Pennsylvania.
In the season-openers for both teams, the two squads struggled to find an offensive rhythm in the first half. The Terriers did not hit their first field goal until senior forward Becky Bonner (Concord, NH) sank a jumper in the paint 6:23 into the game. Shooting just 22.2 percent from the field in the first half, the Terriers trailed the Hawks, 26-18, at the break.
Saint Joseph's took its largest lead the of game early in the second half as Christine Roth drained a long three-pointer to give the Hawks a 30-20 advantage at 18:09.
B.U. used a 19-8 run midway through the second half to take its first lead of the game, 39-38, at 9:39. Senior forwards Adrienne Norris (Delafield, WI) and Larissa Parr (Eau Claire, WI) each chipped in four points and Jean hit one of her three 3-pointers during the rally.
Erica Pollack hit a lay-up as the Hawks pulled ahead, 40-39, at 7:13. The Terriers were able to knot the score four times in the closing seven minutes but could not regain the lead.
Whitney Ffrench hit three free throws over the final 2:49 to seal the victory.
Pollack paced the Hawks with 13 points while Timisha Gomez grabbed a game-high nine boards.
Jean was joined in double figures by freshman guard Cheri Raffo (Morristown, NJ), who scored 10 points in her first collegiate start. Norris finished with eight points and eight rebounds while Bonner added five points and eight boards.
B.U. had a 43-35 rebounding advantage, with 13 boards coming on the offensive end. The Terriers shot just 32.8 percent in the game, while the Hawks connected on 39.1 percent of their chances. Both teams were plagued by 18 turnovers.
Saint Joseph's advances to the second round of the WNIT, as it will face ninth-ranked Ohio State in Columbus on Sunday, Nov. 14, at 2:00 p.m.
B.U. will have a 10-day hiatus before hitting the road to play Long Island University on Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 7:00 p.m. The Terriers host Wagner in their home-opener on Saturday, Nov. 27, at 1:00 p.m.