Nov. 20, 2012
BOSTON -The Boston University women’s basketball team could not complete its second-half comeback, as Northeastern defeated BU, 73-62, Tuesday night at Solomon Court. BU falls to 2-2 on the season while Northeastern improves to 2-2.
For the fourth straight game, senior Chantell Alford led the Terriers with 20 points while junior Danielle Callahan scored a career-high 18 points, including four 3-pointers. Senior Kristen Sims chipped in a season-best 12 points off a career-high four shots from beyond the arc. Junior Rashidat Agboola led the Terriers with 10 rebounds and added six points.
Northeastern was led by senior Deanna Kerkhof’s 25 points while junior Jewel Tunstull added 18 points. Senior Christine Huber also reached double-digits with 14 points.
BU concluded the game with a 36.5 field goal percentage and went 36.1 percent (13-of-36) with 3-point field goals. Northeastern shot 45.5 percent from the field and went 10-for-19 from 3-point range for a 52.6 percent. Together, the team’s combined for 23 baskets from beyond the arc. The Huskies won the battle of the boards, out-rebounding the Terriers 44-33.
Northeastern scored the first basket of the game and never looked back, as the Huskies maintained the lead throughout regulation. BU trailed, 12-5, at the first media timeout called at 14:52, before the Huskies pushed the advantage to double-digits, 17-7, following a 3-pointer from Huber.
Northeastern then used a 14-6 run over the next five and a half minutes to take a 31-13 lead with 7:14 to play in the half. Sims and Alford knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers for BU to bring the deficit to 12 points, but two Huskies’ treys and a jumper gave Northeastern a 39-19 lead with 4:09 to play. BU closed out the first period on a 9-3 run to head to the locker room trailing the Huskies, 42-28.
The Terriers opened the second half with a 13-2 run to cut the deficit to three points, 44-41, less than four minutes into the half. BU held the Huskies’ advantage to single digits using two straight 3-pointers from Sims and one from Alford before BU was held without a field goal for three minutes.
Sims ended the drought with her fourth trey of the night and Alford’s shot from beyond the arc at the 12:05 mark brought BU within four, 51-47. The teams traded baskets before Northeastern regained a double-digit lead, 62-52, off a 3-pointer from Huber.
BU came within seven points of Northeastern following a layup from Callahan at the 3:11 mark and again brought its deficit down to seven with a jumper from Alford with 50 seconds remaining, but Northeastern sealed its victory from the charity stripe down the stretch to post the 73-62 victory.
Next up for BU is a trip to Michigan to battle a pair of teams from the Great Lakes State. The Terriers will visit Eastern Michigan on Friday (Nov. 23) at 7 p.m. before facing Michigan on Saturday (Nov. 24) at 4 p.m.