March 4, 2012
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - The top-seeded Boston University women's basketball could not overcome No. 5 UMBC's offensive surge, as the Terriers were upset, 77-61, Sunday afternoon in the America East semifinals in West Hartford, Conn.
Senior Alex Young led BU (23-8, 15-1 AE) with 20 points, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. Classmate Caroline Stewart posted her fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Chantell Alford, the 2012 America East Player of the Year added nine points and four rebounds while classmate Mo Moran and sophomore Rashidat Agboola each added eight points. Agboola also chipped in a team-high 12 rebounds.
BU ended the game with a 37.9 field goal percentage (22-of-58) while UMBC shot 40.7 percent (24-of-59). The Retrievers held the advantage beyond the arc, going 7-of-13 (53.8 percent) while the Terriers only managed to make 4-of-12 shots (33.3 percent). BU outrebounded UMBC, 41-38.
UMBC posted 16 points off of 12 BU turnovers.
UMBC took an early 11-6 lead in the first half as the Terriers struggled to find their offense. After a jumper from Erin Brown, Stewart brought BU within three points, 13-10, with a layup off a dish from Kristen Sims. The Retrievers then used a 10-2 run capped by back-to-back 3-pointers by Michelle Kurowski to open up a 23-12 advantage with 8:42 remaining in the half.
Young knocked down a shot from outside the arc to cut BU's deficit back to single digits but the Retrievers responded with another trey to regain the double-digit advantage. Two straight baskets from Young and Moran brought BU within seven, 28-21, with just over three minutes to go, but UMBC pushed its lead with a free throw from Kristin Coles and a jumper by Lauren Chase to go up 31-31.
Moran netted a pair of shots from the charity stripe for the Terriers and the Retrievers scored the last basket of the half with 30 seconds to go to send the teams into the break with UMBC leading, 33-23.
Young hit the first shot of the second half to bring BU within eight points, 33-25, but it was as close as the Terriers would come to UMBC for the rest of the way. A layup by Brown gave UMBC a double-digit advantage that it would not relinquish. Down 39-29, with 14:08 to go, the Retrievers used an 11-2 run over three and a half minutes to open up a 20-point lead, 51-31, with 10:31 to play.
UMBC pushed its advantage to 26 points after a 3-pointer from Raven Harris. Later, an 8-2 spurt with back-to-back threes from Alford and Young cut the deficit to 20 points, 67-47, with 4:52 to play. A trio of UMBC free throws were interrupted by a layup from Agboola then BU scored six straight points to bring the margin to 15. After Kurowski sank two from the charity stripe, Young hit another trey, making it 72-58 in favor of UMBC with 1:34 to play. It was as close as BU could manage, as UMBC prevailed 77-61.
By winning the America East regular season title, BU receives an automatic berth in the WNIT. The field of 64 teams will be announced after the NCAA Selection show on the evening of Monday, March 12. The first round will be held at campus sites from March 14 to 16.