Dec. 2, 2014
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The Terriers return to their home court after spending Thanksgiving in New Mexico to take on familiar foe New Hampshire in Case Gym at 5:30 p.m. in the first game of a doubleheader with the men's team on Wednesday night.
BU is 3-3 on the season--a much improved start from last year when the Terriers went 1-5 through the first six contests. The team is averaging 61.7 points per game this year, a 3.2 point improvement from last year's first six. The point differential has also dramatically improved since last season's opening games, with the Terriers scoring 2.3 less points than their opponents this year compared to 14.3 less points to start the 2013-14 season.
HOME SWEET HOME
The Terriers are 2-0 in home contests this year, beating Harvard in a 63-62 thriller before taking a 66-61 victory over Vermont. BU is better in nearly every category on its home court, especially in the turnover category, averaging nearly four fewer turnovers at The Roof than in opponent gyms. Additionally, they force almost four more turnovers at Case than anywhere else.
Breaking down the turnover stat even further, the Terriers are slightly better thieves at home, averaging 5.0 steals per game compared to 4.3, but they are far less susceptible to getting the ball stolen, with opponents averaging 4.0 steals per game at The Roof compared to 9.8 per game on their home courts.
BU also has a better shooting percentage at home, going 42.0 percent from the field (37.0 in away games) and 38.1 percent from beyond the arc (33.3 in away games).
New Hampshire has started the season with a 3-2 record, but is currently on a two-game losing skid, dropping games to Penn (74-39) and Central Connecticut State (64-58). The Wildcats are 1-1 on the road, beating Howard in their second game of the season, 78-68.
UNH is led by Elizabeth Belanger, who averages 17 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Kaylee Kilpatrick is behind Belanger with 12.8 points per game but is a sharp shooter from the field, going 24-of-45 (53.3 percent).
The Wildcats are a fairly low-scoring team, averaging 59.2 points per game this season, but have held their opponents close (63.8 ppg) so far this year. They also take care of the ball well, averaging fewer than 14 turnovers per contest.
This year's sophomore class has taken the reigns of a young Terrier team as Meghan Green and Sarah Hope lead the squad in scoring. Green is BU's top scorer, averaging 14.2 points per contest while Hope is close behind with 12.2 ppg.
Hope, BU's starting shooting guard, also tallies 2.7 assists per game, an average second to only classmate Courtney Latham (3.8 apg), who starts at point guard for the Terriers.
Green, a starting forward, is also the team's leading rebounder, averaging 8.5 boards per game.
McKENDRICK OFF THE BENCH
After starting the first three games of the season, Mollie McKendrick is now a key contributor coming off the bench. The senior forward averages 10.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per contest.
In the last three games, McKendrick has contributed 1.7 more points per game compared to the first three, in which she was a starter. She also contributes two more boards per contest as a bench player and has recorded four blocks in the last three outings.
Additionally, the Terriers are 2-1 with McKendrick as a reliever as opposed to 1-2 as a starter.
New Hampshire and Boston University have a long history as this will be the 70th meeting between the two squads. The series, which started in 1978, picked up once the Wildcats and Terriers became America East rivals.
Boston U. leads the series 40-29 and is on a 13-game win streak over UNH. Last season the Terriers beat the Wildcats 69-58. Sarah Hope scored 11 points in that game, going 4-of-10 from the field and 3-of-9 from long range.
Wednesday's game will be streamed live on PatriotLeague.tv (video) and GoTerriers.com/TSRN (audio) with Joe Weil (PxP) and John-Michael Sedor (Color) on the call. Fans can also follow along with the action on Twitter.com/BUGameDay where live updates will be posted. Live stats are also available on GoTerriers.com.
LAST TIME OUT
BU took home a win against Stephen F. Austin in its first-ever outing with the Ladyjacks. The Terriers got back to .500 on the season with a hard-fought 62-57 victory in their second game of the New Mexico Thanksgiving Classic.
Mollie McKendrick posted her first double-double of the season which included 11 rebounds and a career-high 21 points. Sarah Hope, who came off of a 21-point game against New Mexico, scored 15 to secure her spot on the All-Tournament team.
THANKSGIVING IN THE LAND OF ENCHANTMENT
BU spent Thanksgiving in Albuquerque, N.M. for the New Mexico Thanksgiving Classic on Nov. 28-29. The Terriers came away 1-1 in the tournament, coming up short against New Mexico before beating Stephen F. Austin. It was BU's first time playing in the state of New Mexico.
PATRIOT LEAGUE NETWORK
The Patriot League, in collaboration with Campus Insiders, enters its second season this year. The PL will live-stream hundreds of its men and women's sporting events, add studio programming and grow distribution on multiple platforms and devices. All BU women's basketball home games, and road conference games that are not part of a television package, will be available to watch for free on the PLN.
A TERRIER WIN WOULD...
...Give BU a winning record and head coach Katy Steding's first-ever record over .500 at the Division I level.
...Keep BU perfect on its home court for a 3-0 record in Case Gym.
...Continue a 13-game win streak against New Hampshire, which dates back to Jan. 26, 2008.
KEEPING IT LOCAL
Boston University made its rounds with the Boston-area teams, playing all three to start the season. The Terriers began the year at Northeastern, losing a 75-74 heartbreaker before opening their home schedule with a thrilling 63-62 victory against Harvard. BU wasn't able to keep the momentum going, however, and lost at BC, 73-56 on Thursday night.
THE STEDING ERA
In its second season in a new conference, the Terriers have started yet another new era with the hiring of head coach Katy Steding. Steding comes to Boston University after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach at California. Although this is her first year as a head coach in Division I, Steding spent seven years at the helm of the Warner Pacific College (NAIA) program following an impressive playing career.
Steding was part of the 1996 "Women's Dream Team" alongside Teresa Edwards, Rebecca Lobo and Sheryl Swoopes, which went 60-0 en route to an Olympic gold medal in the Atlanta Summer Olympics. Prior to her professional career, where she played in both the ABL and WNBA, Steding helped Stanford win its first National Championship and was named the CBS/Chevrolet Player of the Game.