March 3, 2015
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The BU women's basketball team heads to Colgate for the Patriot League Tournament First Round on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. on Cotterell Court. The Terriers face the Raiders for the second time in three weeks.
BU enters Wednesday on a six-game skid and hopes to win its first game on an opponent's home court in the postseason opener.
Troi Melton has been a key contributor as of late, averaging a team-leading 14.6 points, 1.8 steals and 4.2 rebounds while committing less than two turnover per contest and playing the second-most minutes among BU players. The redshirt junior has also recorded two 20-point games in the last four contests including a career-high 23-point performance against American, which matched the season-high individual point total in 2014-15.
As a team, the Terriers shot an impressive 41.2 percent from the field over the last four games. The biggest differential was the turnover margin, with BU committing 16 miscues to their opponents' 12. Another problem area was opponent 3-point shooting. The last four opponents have averaged over seven 3-pointers per contest while BU has managed less than two per game.
Meghan Green leads the team in points (11.9 ppg) and rebounds (6.7 rpg).The sophomore scored a career-high 23 points against Lehigh, the most points scored by a Terrier all season. Green also has the team's best field goal (.442) percentage.
After a very slow start to their season, the Raiders kicked it into high gear during conference play, especially in the second half of the Patriot League schedule. Colgate won seven of its eight total wins this season against PL opponents and are currently on a three-game win streak, defeating Loyola Md, Lafayette and Lehigh to wrap up the regular season.
The Raiders are led by second team All-Patriot League selection Carole Harris, who is averaging 11.1 points and 7.8 rebounds on the season. Josie Stockill is also averaging double-figures with 10.4 points per game while also contributing over two blocks per game, the second-best average in the conference.
As a team, Colgate trails its opponents in nearly every category aside from turnovers, in which they average under 16 per game while their foes commit nearly 17 miscues each contest.
The Terriers are ahead in the series, 7-3, and split their regular season contests with Colgate. BU's first conference win of the season came against the Raiders but Colgate came back from a halftime deficit to beat the Terriers, 67-54, in their last outing three weeks ago.
Wednesday's game will be streamed live on the Patriot League Network and is free for all to view. Fans can also get live updates on the action by following @BUGameDay on Twitter.
A TERRIER WIN WOULD...
...Be the first win on an opponent's home court of the season.
...Snap BU's six-game skid.
...Be the second straight year BU won their first round game in the PL Tournament.
...Improve BU to a 2-1 season record against Colgate and a 2-1 all-time record in the PL Tournament.
LAST TIME OUT
The Terriers couldn't pull off a victory against Holy Cross despite a very tight first half and dropped their final game of the regular season to the Crusaders, 76-62. Troi Melton had her second 20-point performance in four games and led the team with 20 points including 16 in the second half. Mollie McKendrick was a consistent threat throughout the contest and finished the day with 15 points.
Courtney Latham contributed a near triple-double against Holy Cross, finishing the day with 10 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.
BU IN THE PATRIOT LEAGUE TOURNAMENT
Last season the Terriers won their first-round matchup with Loyola Md. at home, 40-35, also playing in the No. 7 vs. No. 10 seed game, though they were the favorites as opposed to the underdogs going into that contest. Mollie McKendrick was key down the stretch in that game, contributing a pair of jumpers in the final two minutes to outlast the Greyhounds.
BU then went on to play Army in the quarterfinal round, where they lost a heartbreaker to the Black Knights. After suffering two losses by more than 20 points during the regular season, the Terriers dropped a 49-45 decision to Army despite a tie score with less than two minutes remaining.