The Boston University women's basketball team travels to Dallas, TX this weekend for its third tournament of the season, the SMU Hoops For the Cure Women's Basketball Invitational on December 1-2. The Terriers face the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the opening round game at 5 p.m. on Friday. The team will face either host SMU or Southern Illinois-Carbondale on Saturday at 5 or 7 p.m.
B.U. in Big D This marks the first time the Terrier women's basketball team has played in the state of Texas... The only other school from the state B.U. has ever faced was Texas A&M on December 8, 1979 in Boston, a 59-53 win... Two current B.U. players were born when that game was played, senior center Alison Dixon was two months old and junior guard Annie Tomasini was less than a month old.
B.U. vs. The Tournament Field
Arkansas-Pine Bluff This is the first-ever meeting between the Terriers and the Golden Lions... Arkansas-Pine Bluff finished 5-19 in 1999-00... The Golden Lions are coached by Kenneth Conley, in his 11th year... Arkansas returns four of five starters from a year ago, including senior guard Cherbritta Scott, who averaged 13.7 ppg and 5.5 rpg.
Southern Methodist University TheTerriers and the Mustangs have never met...SMU is currently 2-2 entering this weekend's tournament... It is coming off an 83-62 loss to LSU on November 28... Senior guard Deidra Rucker and senior center Katie Remkie are each averaging 14.3 ppg this season... Remke is averaging 10.5 rpg, while Rucker has 13 assists and 11 steals... SMU is led by head coach Rhonda Rompola, who is in her 10th season... The Mustangs finished 1999-00 with a 22-9 record and a berth in the NCAA Tournament, losing to #13 Old Dominion, 96-76 in the second round.
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale The Terriers and the Salukis have never met... Southern Illinois is currently 1-1 on the season, not including the team's game against Tennessee Tech on Wednesday night...
In Recent Action
Boston University 98, Austin Peay 80 NASHVILLE, TN (November 26) - Freshman Katie Terhune scored 30 points, Alison Dixon scored 22 and Alison Argentieri added 20 to pace the Terriers to their first win of the season in the consolation of the First Tennessee tournament. The day did not start out so brightly for the Terriers, who again struggled to hit their shots in the early going, trailing the Lady Govs 25-12 with 8:27 left in the first half.... Argentieri, who played a strong game for the Terriers, pulled B.U. back into the game, draining a three with 6:23 left to cut the lead to 26-24... Moments later Terhune, who was 6-for-9 from beyond the arc, hit a three to give B.U. it's first lead of the game, 27-26. B.U. led at the break, 40-36... The Terriers free-throw shooting sealed the game, hitting 15-of-16 in the second half, 24-of-26 for the game, 92 percent.
Broken Records Despite losing to Miami (OH), 102-97 in the consolation of the B.U. Women's Basketball Invitational on Nov. 19, the Terriers did set some team and individual records in the game. Freshman Katie Terhune hit on 17-of-18 shots from the line, setting a new mark for free throws made in a game, while tying the mark of free throws attemped... Terhune broke the old mark of 13, set by Jill Sosnak '95 versus Hartford on February 2, 1991. The 18 free throws attempted ties the record set by Debbie Miller '81 versus Syracuse on January 4, 1980. In addition, the 37 free throws made by the Terriers breaks the previous team mark of 33 set against Central Connecticut on December 13, 1980.
Sweet Charity The Terriers are certainly using the free throw line to their advantage this season... After four games, the team is shooting 79.4 percent (100-for-126) from the charity stripe, tops in the America East... Freshmen are leading the way, as Courtney Jones is a perfect 8-for-8 from the line... More impressive is Katie Terhune, who has hit 33-of-35 free throws this season, an astounding 94.3 percentage.
Terhune Turning Heads Freshman guard Katie Terhune has certainly made an impression on the Terriers and, more importantly, opponents just four games into her collegiate career... Terhune has been named the America East Rookie of the Year the first two weeks of the season, and she has been named to both the B.U. and Vanderbilt University all-tournament teams... The Port Murray, NJ-native set a school record for free throws made in a game (17) and tied the mark for free-throws attempted (18)... In her first collegiate start against Austin Peay, her smooth shooting came to the fore as she scored 30 points, a week after netting 27 in a 102-97 loss to Miami University... She scored a team-high 14 against #25-ranked Vanderbilt the day before and is averaging 18.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, and 2.0 apg... By the way, she has missed only two free throws in 35 attempts.
90's in 2000 The Terriers have scored 90 points in a game twice already this season... The last time a Terrier team accomplished that feat was during the 1986-87 season... The 98 points B.U. scored against Austin Peay was the most since a 99-57 win over Central Connecticut on December 13, 1980.
Season Twenty-six The Boston University women's basketball team begins its 26th season of varsity competition with a renewed sense of optimism in head coach Margaret McKeon's second season. The Terriers return all five starters from last year's squad, including America East All-Conference Second Team selection Alison Dixon (16.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg), the Terriers' fifth-leading scorer all-time with 1,296 points...Boston University also returns a solid bench while McKeon's first full recruiting class is on board to press for playing time... The Terriers completed the 1999-2000 season with an 8-21 record, 3-15 in America East-play... Since 1975-76, B.U. has accumulated an overall record of 312-331 (.485).
Head Coach Margaret McKeon Margaret McKeon, a highly-successful collegiate player and assistant coach, returns for her second season as the head women's basketball coach at Boston University... McKeon tasted success in her first collegiate game on November 20, 1999, as the Terriers defeated Colgate, 78-58 on "The Roof." Three days later, McKeon registered win number two, a 75-67 triumph at Harvard. It was the first time B.U. had begun the season 2-0 since the 1994-95 season...The Terriers finished McKeon's inaugural campaign with an 8-21 record...The team responded in the America East Tournament, scoring a season-high 84 points in an 84-69 win over Towson in the first round before falling to America East Championship runner-up Maine in the quarterfinals... In her first year, McKeon established an up-tempo presence among the Terriers, enacting a rapid pace to the team's practices as well as its games.
Quoting McKeon "I expect more consistency from us this year, and I believe this team will fight to the bitter end. We have three ingredients in place to be a successful team; we have an impact player in Ali Dixon, we have the supporting cast with players like Dia Dufault, and we have depth on the bench now with five incoming freshman looking to earn minutes."
Worthy Additions The Terriers have two new assistants working alongside head coach Margaret McKeon and assistant Gabrielle Butler... Patrina Blow, who served as an assistant at Hofstra University for the past three seasons, was hired on May 22... Blow is a former four-year letterwinner for St. John's from 1990-94... Michael Eineker, who spent the past two seasons as head coach at Bloomfield College (NJ), was hired on Sept. 7.
Terriers in Tourney Action Boston University split a pair of games last weekend at the First Tennessee Tournament hosted by Vanderbilt University ... The Terriers fell to the host Commodores, 92-56 on the opening day, but rebounded to down Austin Peay, 98-80 in the consolation game... B.U. kicked off the 2000-01 season as host of the first-ever in season basketball tournament at the school on Nov. 18-19, with Miami (OH), Yale and Baylor... B.U. lost to Yale, 81-60 in the opening game, and fell to Miami in the consolation game, 102-97 in overtime... Baylor won the B.U. Women's Basketball Invitational with an 81-52 win over Yale in the championship.
Dixon Is At Number 4 With a Bullet After scoring 55 points in her first four games this season, center Alison Dixon is currently fourth on the Terriers all-time scoring list with 1,347 points, one shy of Andrea Ashuck '89, who is in third. Dixon completed her junior year as the fifth-leading scorer in Terrier history with 1,296 points, exactly 600 shy of Debbie Miller's '81 school mark of 1,869. She is now only 79 points shy of Jill Sosnak '95, who is currently second on the Terriers' career list. A second team America East All-Conference selection in 1999-00, Dixon has averaged 15.6 points per game in her three-plus seasons at B.U., including 16.4 last season, good for fifth in the conference. This season she is eighth in the conference, averaging 13.8 ppg. In 1999-00, she set personal highs in most major categories, including field goals made (198), field goal percentage (52.8%), rebounding (7.0 rebounds per game), steals (42), minutes per game (35.3) and points.
Getting Her Points Across Junior forward Alison Dixon became the second fastest player in school history to reach 1,000 career points in a losing effort as the Terriers bowed to Drexel, 60-59, dropping their record to 4-7 overall, 1-2 in the conference. Dixon finished with 19 points, bringing her career total to 1,010 in 65 games. Debbie Miiller, the Terriers all-time leading scorer, was the fastest to reach the 1,000-point plateau, doing it in 54 games.
McKeon Begins With a 'W' Sophomore guard Dia Dufault scored a career-high 25 points, while junior Alison Dixon added 24 as the Margaret McKeon era at Boston University began with a 78-58 win over Colgate University on November 20, 1999... With the win, McKeon became the second head coach in Terrier women's basketball history to win in her first game with the program. Chris Basile was the other, earning a 47-41 win over Maine on November 21, 1983.
Offense, Defense Improved Under McKeon, the team improved it's shooting from the prior year, connecting on 41.1 percent of shots from the field, as opposed to 39.4 in 1998-99. The Terriers became more of a three-point threat with the additions of Alison Argentieri and Pilar Verde, hitting 98-of-334 attempts, 29.3 percent from long range. That number was over four percentage points from the previous year...Defensively, the Terriers were much improved. Opponents shot only 40.7 percent from the field last season, as opposed to 45.7 percent in 1998-99. The rebound disparity was much closer as well. In 1998-99, B.U. averaged 33.1 rpg while opponents pulled down 42.8 rpg. Last season however, B.U. averaged 35.9 rebounds per game as opposed to 37.1 for opponents.
The Rain in Spain Sophomore guard Pilar Verde, a mid-season addition from Madrid, Spain, really began to blossom towards the end of the season as she became accustomed to playing with new teammates in a new country. She led the Terriers in scoring in both of the team's America East Championship Tournament games, netting 21 points in an 84-69 victory over No. 8 Towson in the opening round, and scoring 17 in a 73-52 quarterfinal loss to the University of Maine... Verde's 21 points in the Towson game was good for a tie for the fifth-highest point total in the tournament. Jamie Cassidy also scored 21 points in Maine's win over the Terriers... Verde has not played this season do to a foot injury but is expected to see action this weekend.
Off to a Good Start Alison Argentieri started 27 straight games as a freshman for the Terriers last season, the second most in team history... She was one start shy of the mark held by Julie Schmidt, who started 28 consecutive games in 1995... Argentieri enjoyed a fine freshman season with the Terriers, averaging 6.8 points per game and 3.4 assists per game, which was good for seventh in the America East... Argentieri was also B.U.'s most consistent three-point threat, hitting on 38.3 percent (36-for-94) of her shots from beyond the arc. The first year guard from Hornell, NY scored a season and career-high 21 points in just her second varsity game, a 75-67 win over Harvard on November 23.
Dia Delivers Junior guard/forward Dia Dufault has proven to be one of the Terriers most versatile players in her first two seasons... Dufault finished second on the team in scoring, averaging 11.9 points per game, tying a career-high with 25 points in the season-opening win over Colgate. Dufault led the team with 59 steals, and was second in rebounding (6.6 per game) and assists (2.6 per game), while starting 28-of-29 games. She was a consistent three-point threat, hitting 20-of-84 threes and only Alison Dixon went to the line more than Dufault's 104 trips.
Terriers on the Defensive Boston University played a more up-tempo style at both ends of the court in Margaret McKeon's first year as head coach, as evidenced by the Terriers' fourth-place standing in the conference in field goal percentage defense... Opponents shot just 40.7 percent against B.U. last season, including a 68-55 win over SUNY Albany on March 8th, when the Great Danes shot just 29.7 percent (19-of-64) for the game.