Nov. 23, 2009
Watch | Gametracker | Listen
BOSTON - The Boston University women’s basketball team (1-3) will return to the confines of The Roof on Tuesday night when it welcomes longtime rival Northeastern University (2-1) for a 7 p.m. showdown. The Terriers have won 25 of their last 26 games on their home court and also own a 37-30 advantage in the all-time series record over the Huskies.
THE TERRIERS: After back-to-back losses to Kentucky and UMass, the Terriers bounced back with a 47-35 victory over Atlantic-10 foe Rhode Island last week and kept their game close with St. John’s through the first half until spurt by the Red Storm extended its lead for good in the second stanza.
Through four games, Moran leads the team in scoring with 12.3 points per game to go along with 4.3 rebounds per game. She is also averaging a team-high 36.8 minutes per game and is shooting .410 from the field. Sophomore Caroline Stewart is also averaging double-figures with 10.8 ppg and a team-high 6.0 rpg and freshman Kristen Sims is the third Terrier in double digits with 10.5 ppg.
As a team, BU is averaging 59.3 ppg, while shooting .335 from the field and .282 from behind the arc. The Terriers have brought down 38.0 rpg and dished out 10.7 apg, while forcing 22 turnovers per game.
THE HUSKIES: After losing its season opener to UConn, the Huskies have rebounded with back-to-back victories over Delaware State, 66-46, and URI, 84-57. Through its first three games, Northeastern has shot .367 from the field and .270 from behind the arc and has made 74.6 percent of this free throw attempts. While NU has been out-rebounded by 7.7 rpg, it has forced more turnovers in the early going. Brittany Wilson leads the way with 10.7 ppg and Rachael Pecota is close behind with 10.0 rpg. Jamie Conroy has proven to be the team’s top rebounder with 6.0 rpg.
LAST TIME OUT VS. NORTHEASTERN (NOV. 25, 2008):
Boston University erased an 11-point second-half deficit backed by a 23-point performance from Jesyka Burks-Wiley
(’09) and 16 points from classmate Kristi Dini
to give BU a 71-68 victory over cross-town rival Northeastern on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008. The Huskies made a late charge to bring the game to within one point with six seconds left, but clutch free-throw shooting from Aly Hinton
gave BU the 71-68 triumph. Hinton chipped in 12 points in the victory, while Burks-Wiley recorded her first double-double of the season with 10 boards to go along with her 23 points. Kendra Walton led the Huskies with 20 points on 8-for-12 shooting. As a team, BU dished out 14 assists, while only turning the ball over nine times. The Terriers also got 15 point off the bench, while Northeastern's bench produced seven points.
BU VS. NORTHEASTERN: BU owns a 37-30 advantage over Northeastern in the all-time series. The Terriers have won 13 of the last 15 meetings, including a come-from-behind victory, 71-68, last season. At home, BU is 16-9 over the last 33 years.
Northeastern was a long-time member of the America East, but in 2005-06 the Huskies joined the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). In 2005, head coach Kelly Greenberg earned her 100th career victory as a head coach against the Huskies.
BU VS. THE CAA: The Terriers are 71-90 (.438) all-time against the Colonial Athletic Association. While the Terriers are 37-30 all-time against Northeastern, they have only played them four times since the Huskies joined the conference. Under head coach Kelly Greenberg, BU is 5-2 against the conference.
BU VS. THE CAA ALL-TIME
George Mason (0-2)
Georgia State (0-0)
James Madison (0-2)
Old Dominion (0-6)
William & Mary (1-1)
FRESHMEN PHENOMS: In their collegiate debuts, three freshmen had standout games as Chantell Alford, Caitlynn Moran and Kristen Sims combined to score 36 points at Kentucky on Nov. 13. Sims led the way with a team-high 17 points, while Moran was three boards shy of a double-double with 10 points and seven boards. Alford chipped in nine points and seven rebounds, as the trio showed a lot of promise in its debut in the scarlet and white. Moran and Sims’ double-digit debut is the first time since 2004-05 that two BU rookies began their careers in double-figures. Five years ago, Cheri Raffo and Corinne Jean debuted with 10 and 14 points, respectively.
Moran is the first rookie to score 20 points in a game since Aly Hinton did it in 2006-07, and the first freshman to score in double-figures in her first two games since Corinne Jean accomplished the feat in 2004-05. She has led the Terriers in scoring in two games this season and has reached double-figures in three contests.
YOUNG PUPS: Five of the Terriers top six scorers are underclassman this year and the top four are either a freshman or sophomore. Rookie Caitlynn Moran leads a trio of underclassmen in double figures as she has averaged 12.3 ppg through four contests. Sophomore Caroline Stewart – fresh off her first collegiate double-double – is close behind with 10.8 ppg and freshman Kristen Sims averages 10.5 ppg. An underclassman has the led the team in either scoring in each of the Terriers’ first four games and they have led on the boards in 3-of-4 contests.
COUNTDOWN TO 1,000: Senior Aly Hinton is the next Terrier in line to reach the 1,000-point plateau. The Richboro, Pa., native is just a mere 71 points away.
CASE CLOSED: The confines of Case Gym have proven to be a formidable home-court advantage for the Terriers throughout the last four seasons as they have won 25-of-26 contests and are 22-1 against non-conference opponents in the last three seasons at Case Gymnasium. In addition, the Terriers have not lost to a conference opponent in 18 straight games, dating back to Feb. 17, 2007.
In 2007-08, BU was 11-0 overall and 8-0 in America East action, and the Terriers’ only home loss came at Agganis Arena on Nov. 17, 2007 to then-No. 16 Ohio State. It marked the first time in program history the Terriers went undefeated at Case. Last year, BU went 12-1 at home with its lone home loss coming to St. John’s on Dec. 30, 2008.
Six times, BU has lost just one home contest (2008-09, 2007-08, 1994-95, 1986-87, 1979-80, 1977-78).