March 6, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Tied at 45-45, No. 2 Army went 4-for-4 from the free throw line in the final 1:30 to defeat the No. 7 seed Boston University women’s basketball team, 49-45, in the quarterfinal round of the Patriot League Tournament on Wednesday night at Christl Arena.
BU’s season comes to an end with the Terriers posting a 13-20 overall record and 7-11 conference mark in their first season as members of the Patriot League. Army (23-7, 14-4 PL) advances to face No. 3 American in the Patriot League semifinals.
Trailing 47-45 with 28 seconds to play, BU had possession of the ball and called timeout with nine seconds on the clock. The Terriers committed a turnover on the in-bound pass and had to quickly foul Patriot League Player of the year Kelsey Minato, who sank a pair of free throws with six seconds remaining to secure the victory for the Black Knights.
Junior Mollie McKendrick led the Terriers with her fourth double-double of the season (17 points, 10 rebounds) and was the only player to reach double figures for BU. Senior Rashidat Agboola added eight points and six rebounds while sophomore Clodagh Scannell finished with nine rebounds and seven points.
Minato paced the Black Knights with 26 points while Jen Hazlett added a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
The Terriers held the Black Knights without a field goal for the first nine minutes of the game, as BU built an 11-2 lead before Minato got her first basket of the game to spark a 7-0 run for the Black Knights to close the gap to 11-9 and force the Terriers to call timeout with 9:52 on the clock.
Agboola extended BU’s lead following the under eight media timeout but a trey from Minato made it a one-point game. The Terriers could not grow their lead to more than three points before Army tied the game at 15-15 with a free throw from Parker. Senior Danielle Callahan gave the advantage back to BU before the final media timeout of the half.
Following the stoppage, Army took its first lead of the game, 19-18, with a basket from Hazlett. Scannell gave the lead back to BU but the Black Knights closed out the half on a 4-0 run to take a 23-20 lead into the break.
BU began the second half with a 5-0 run and Army went almost six minutes without its first field goal until Minato hit a trey to give the Black Knights a 29-27 lead with 14:15 on the clock. Army extended its edge to six points with a 7-0 run. Scannell connected on a shot from beyond the arc to stop the steak but a pair of free throws from Minato kept Army on top, 35-30, with 10:18 to play
The teams traded baskets and Army maintained its five-point advantage with 6:04 on the clock. Scannell came up with another 3-pointer to make it a one-possession game, but Jean Parker answered with a layup for the Black Knights. Army brought its lead back to five points, 45-40, with 3:45 to go.
McKendrick chipped into the deficit with a pair of free throws then sank her second 3-pointer of the season to knot the game at 45-45 with 1:30 to play. Minato stepped up to the charity stripe and hit two shots to give the Black Knights the lead. With a chance to tie the game, BU committed a costly turnover in the final 10 seconds and sent Minato back to the line to seal the victory for Army.
The Terriers shot 32.7 percent (16-of-49) for the game and went 5-for-15 from beyond the arc. Army shot 34.8 percent (16-of-46) and made 3-of-17 3-point attempts. The Black Knights held a 38-31 edge in rebounding.