March 1, 2014
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BOSTON – After being honored in a pregame ceremony, the four members of the Boston University women’s basketball senior class all scored in double-digits to lead the Terriers to a 67-65 victory over Holy Cross on Senior Day at Case Gym. With a win in the regular season finale, BU owns a 12-19 (7-11 Patriot League) record while Holy Cross moves to 18-11 (10-8 PL).
With the game tied for the ninth time at 63-63 with 2:03 on the clock, the Terriers closed out the contest by going 4-of-6 from the free throw line while limiting the Crusaders to one layup in the final minute to secure BU’s first victory over Holy Cross since Dec. 2, 1977.
Having already clinched the seventh seed in the upcoming Patriot League tournament, BU will host 10th-seeded Loyola Maryland in a first round game on Tuesday (March 4) at 7 p.m.
Senior Rashidat Agboola led all players with 19 points along with six rebounds and four blocks. Classmates Danielle Callahan, Melissa Gallo and Whitney Turner each chipped in 12 points to help the Terriers hold off the Crusaders. Turner almost had a double-double, as she finished with nine rebounds while Callahan added a game-high seven assists.
Sophomore Clodagh Scannell finished with seven points and five rebounds while freshman Sarah Hope posted five points. Junior Mollie McKendrick recorded six rebounds.
Raquel Scott led the Crusaders with 12 points and 15 rebounds for a double-double while Brisje Malone was recorded 16 points. Alex Smith (14) and Molly Hourigan (10) also reached double figures for Holy Cross.
BU posted its third-best shooting percentage of the season (49.0 percent) by going 25-of-51 from the field. The Terriers hit 6-of-19 shots from beyond the arc (31.6 percent) and went 11-of-19 from the free throw line (57.9 percent). Holy Cross went 26-of-75 (34.7 percent) for the game and finished 6-of-22 from beyond the arc (27.3 percent). The Crusaders were 7-of-12 from the charity stripe (58.3 percent).
Holy Cross held a 49-33 advantage in rebounds, including a dominating 21-3 mark on the offensive glass. The Crusaders also scored 18 points off of 17 BU turnovers while the Terriers managed nine points from 16 Holy Cross miscues.
The teams were tied for the first time at 11-11 with 15:05 to play in the first half. Holy Cross broke the knot with a layup by Scott to start a 7-3 run for the Crusaders before Gallo cut BU’s deficit to two, 18-16, with 10:12 remaining. A layup from Agboola tied the game and Hope followed with a 3-pointer to give the Terriers the lead.
With 6:11 remaining in the half, Gallo hit her second triple to put the Terriers ahead but Smith responded on the other end with a trey of her own to even the game for the fourth time at 25-25. Smith then hit another 3-pointer and Emily Parker followed with a layup to give the Crusaders a 30-25 lead. Turner and Agboola sank baskets for BU but Holy Cross used an 8-2 run to close out the half and take a 40-31 lead into the break.
The Terriers opened the second half with a 12-0 run that lasted almost six minutes into the second period to take a 43-40 lead. Malone hit the Crusaders’ first field goal of the half with 14:04 on the clock. Agboola countered with a jumper but Hourigan added a basket and a free throw to tie the game at 45-45 with 11:45 to play.
The score was knotted at 49-49 with 8:04 remaining before the Crusaders gained a five-point advantage. The Terriers did not allow their deficit to grow and used a layup from Turner to tie the game at 57-57 with 4:52 to play. Callahan gave BU breathing room with a shot from beyond the arc but the Crusaders kept it a one-possession affair with a pair of free throws from Scott and did not allow the BU lead to grow to more than two points.
Tied at 63-63 with 2:03 remaining, the Terriers outlasted the Crusaders and hung on for the 67-65 win.