Nov. 17, 2015
BOSTON--The Boston University women's basketball team continues its three-game home stand with a game against Albany on Wednesday night in Case Gym.
Tip off is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be aired live on the Patriot League Network.
-This is the 27th all-time meeting between the pair, dating back to 2000.
-Former America East foes, this is the first time Albany and BU meet in the non-conference schedule since BU left for the Patriot League.
-This is just the second time the pair has met as non-conference opponents, the first coming in the 1999-00 season, Albany's first year as a Division I program.
-Albany enters the 2015-16 season after successfully defending its America East Championship title for the fourth-straight year.
-The only other America East team to win four consecutive AE Championships was Maine from 1995-98, led all four times by BU's assistant coach Cindy Blodgett, who was named Tournament MVP in each win.
-Albany junior Imani Tate and BU senior Troi Melton are both Bronx, N.Y. natives and played against each other on rival high school teams (Bishop Loughlin/Cardinal Spellman).
-BU enters its third season in the Patriot League and second under the command of head coach Katy Steding.
-The Terriers return nine players from the 2014-15 season and added five during the off-season.
-This year's captains are Clodagh Scannell, Courtney Latham, Sarah Hope and Corrine Williams.
-Six players who started 12 or more games return for the 2015-16 season.
-BU's leading scorer (11.5) and rebounder (6.7), Meghan Green, returns to the lineup as a junior.
-The Terriers enter their 41st season as a varsity program.
A TERRIER WIN WOULD...
-Break Albany's three-game series win-streak.
-Make BU even on the season, 1-1
-Be Coach Steding's second win against an America East opponent (first against Vermont, 11/22/14)
-Be the second time the Terriers have won on a Wednesday night under Katy Steding's command.
-The Terriers started off the 2015-16 with a loss to Northeastern, 77-44 on Friday afternoon in Case Gym. Senior Troi Melton led the team with 12 points, junior Meghan Green grabbed a Terrier-high eight rebounds and freshman Payton Hauck dished out a BU-best four assists in her collegiate debut.
-BU returns nine players from the 2014-15 season and adds five newcomers to this year's squad.
-Last season the Terriers finished with a 5-25 overall record and 2-16 mark in conference action.
-Despite a competitive game, BU's postseason was cut short with a 58-48 loss at Colgate in the Patriot League First Round.
-Junior Meghan Green was the team's top scorer and rebounder in 2014-15, averaging 11.5 ppg and 6.7 rpg.
THE GREAT DANES
-Albany enters the 2015-16 season after winning its fourth-straight America East Championship and third-straight AE Regular Season Title.
-Ranked No. 14 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 Preseason Poll, the Great Danes return eight players from last season including three starters and their top-scorer Shereesha Richards.
-Richards became the UAlbany all-time scoring leader with her 28 points in the America East title game last season (1,668 career points). She also set a program season scoring record last year, tallying 694 points during the 2014-15 season. Currently, she is on a 94-game scoring streak and has not been held without points since the beginning of her freshman season.
-Albany is a drastic mix of local and international talent with nearly half (6-of-13) coming from outside of the U.S. and 5-of-13 coming from inside New York State. Of the international players, four come from Canada, one from Jamaica and one from Nigeria.
-Katy Steding enters her second season at the helm of the Terriers.
-Prior to heading to Boston, Steding spent two seasons as an assistant coach at California, one season as the associate head coach at San Francisco, and one season at Columbia.
-Though her first gig at the Division I level, Steding spent seven seasons as the head coach at Warner Pacific College (NAIA).
-Prior to her coaching career, Steding played in the WNBA, ABA and for Team USA, with whom she won a gold medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
-The Oregon native played college ball at Stanford and led the Cardinal to its first-ever National Championship in 1990. She was named the MVP in the win.
-Wednesday night's game marks the 27th meeting between the former America East foes. BU leads the all-time series, 19-7.
-The two have not met since BU left the conference in 2013.
-Albany is currently on a three-game win streak against the Terriers but BU started the series on a seven-game win streak.
-The Great Danes have claimed wins on BU's court just four times, the last coming in 2013 when UAlbany took a 57-50 decision in Case Gym.
-The pair's first meeting was in 2000 during the Great Danes' first year as a Division I program.
MELTON MOST IMPROVED
-Senior Troi Melton finished last season on a hot streak, averaging 10.5 points per game over the final 13 games of the season. She was named the team's Most Improved Player by the coaching staff following the season.
-During that span, Melton was in double-figures in eight games including including two 20-point games. -The Bronx, N.Y. native set a career high against eventual Patriot League Champion American, scoring 23 points.
-In the first game of the 2015-16 season, Melton led the team with 12 points against Northeastern.
KEEPING IT LOCAL
-The Terriers will not leave New England during the non-conference schedule and face schools only from the Northeast until January.
-BU plays all three Boston-area schools in the first four games of the season, starting with the season opener against NU last Friday.
-In total, the Terriers play six schools from Massachusetts in the first half of their season.
-Every non-conference road game is a day-trip, as the Terriers play at Harvard, Dartmouth, UMass Lowell, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
PATRIOT LEAGUE NETWORK
-The Patriot League Network, in collaboration with Campus Insiders, enters its third season this year.
-The Patriot League will live-stream hundreds of its men's 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 PLN.