March 3, 2014
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Patriot League Championship Central | Agboola, Hope Earn PL All-Conference Honors
BOSTON – In a battle of the Patriot League newcomers, the seventh-seeded Boston University women’s basketball team will host 10th-seeded Loyola Maryland in the first round of the Patriot League tournament on Tuesday (March 4). Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Case Gym and the game will be broadcast on the Patriot League Network.
The Terriers (12-19, 7-11 PL) and the Greyhounds (5-24, 2-16 PL) both joined the Patriot League on July 1, 2013 and will meet for the third time this season on Tuesday night for the right to advance to the quarterfinals. BU holds a 2-0 record over Loyola with a 70-60 victory in Baltimore on Jan. 19, and a 74-55 win in Boston on Feb. 15.
During BU’s tenure in the America East, the Terriers posted a 32-25 record in the conference tournament and owned a 4-3 mark in the play-in/first round games. The Terriers will seek their fourth conference tournament title after capturing a pair of Seaboard Conference crowns (1988 and 1989) and the 2003 America East title.
BU closed out the regular season on a high note with a 67-65 win over Holy Cross on Senior Day. The four members of the Terriers’ senior class combined for 55 points against the Crusaders, including a game-high 19 points from senior Rashidat Agboola. The forward leads BU with 13.4 ppg and has scored in double-figures 21 times this season.
Senior Danielle Callahan posted 12 points on Saturday and ranks second on the team with 9.7 ppg. She is second in the Patriot League with 4.8 apg and her 150 helpers this season is tied for sixth-most all-time in a single season at BU.
After being inserted into the starting lineup on January 19, junior Mollie McKendrick and sophomore Clodagh Scannell have been key contributors for the Terriers. McKendrick averages 8.8 ppg with 6.3 rpg while Scannell posts 6.9 ppg and 4.2 rpg.
As a team, BU has averaged 60.7 ppg this season but has needed to score 61 or more points in each of its seven conference victories. The Terriers are shooting 37.0 percent from the field and rank second in the league with 6.9 3-pointers per game.
Loyola arrives in Boston riding a 10-game losing streak and has not been victorious since a 61-54 triumph over Colgate on Jan. 25. The Greyhounds closed out the regular season with a 74-50 loss to regular-season champion Navy.
Nai Brown ranks sixth in the Patriot League with 14.6 ppg and is the only Greyhound to average double figures in scoring. Tiffany Padgett leads the team with 5.3 rpg while Nneka Offodile is the only player to start all 20 games for Loyola.
Entering the Patriot League tournament for the first time, the Greyhounds compiled a 24-22 record in the MAAC tournament and captured the conference crown in 1995 and 1995.
The winner of Tuesday’s game will advance to the Patriot League quarterfinals where they will play No. 2 Army on Thursday (March 6) in West Point, N.Y. The game will begin at 7:30 p.m. and be broadcast on the Patriot League Network.