Terriers Drop Home Opener to Harvard, 65-52

Terriers Drop Home Opener to Harvard, 65-52

Box Score

BOSTON – Despite forcing a season-high 20 turnovers and senior Meghan Green tallying a season-high 16 points, the Boston University women's basketball team fell in the home opener to Harvard, 65-52, on Tuesday night at Case Gym.

THE RUNDOWN

Final Score: Harvard 65, Boston University 52
Records: Harvard (3-1), BU (0-4)
Location: Case Gym "The Roof" - Boston, Mass.
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BU Leaders: Green (16p, 4r, 2s), Latham (10p, 6r, 4s), Hope (7p, 5r, 3a)
Harvard Leaders: Benzan (22p, 7-10 3FG, 2a), Nunley (13p, 4r, 3b, 3s), Boehm (7p, 7r)

TURNING POINT
  • Holding a 40-38 lead, Harvard ended the final minute of the third quarter by converting a pair of defensive stops into a fastbreak layup and 3-pointer.
  • The Crimson then went 8-of-11 (.727) in the fourth quarter and limited BU to 5-of-14 (.357) to prevent a Terrier comeback.
THE SETUP
  • The Terriers jumped out to a 14-3 lead over the first six minutes with junior Sophie Beaudry recording a pair of impressive blocks and three layups.
  • Katie Benzan drained two 3-pointers to keep the Terriers within striking distance, 16-8, after one quarter, and added two more early in the second during Harvard's 18-2 run that ended at 6:11.
  • Having seemingly lost the momentum, junior Meghan Doogan and senior Sarah Hope hit back-to-back 3-pointers and were followed by senior Courtney Latham's fastbreak layup to retake the lead, 24-21, at 3:55.
  • Benzan hit her fifth trey to tie the contest, 24-24, but senior Meghan Green and Hope put the Terriers ahead, 28-24, at the half for the first time this season on a pair of buckets.
  • Green tallied 14 of her team-high 16 points in the second half, including a layup at 7:25 that gave BU a 32-25 lead in the third quarter.
  • The Crimson though responded with a 20-6 run to end the quarter ahead, 45-38, and never saw its lead cut below five during the fourth.
GAME NOTES
  • One of the key differences in the game came down to 3-point shooting, as Harvard finished 9-of-23 (.391) compared to BU's 2-of-12 (.167) performance.
  • Snapping a two-game losing streak at Case Gym, the Crimson overall ended the contest at 46.0 FG%, while BU finished just under 40.0 percent.
  • Harvard won the battle at the boards, 35-28, and overcame BU's 22-17 advantage in points off turnovers.
  • Green shot 7-of-12 to finish with a season-high 16 points in 29 minutes of action.
  • Latham posted a game-high four steals, one shy of her personal best, with 10 points and six rebounds.
NEXT UP: UMASS LOWELL
  • The Terriers will continue their three-game homestand on Saturday (Nov. 26) against UMass Lowell.
  • The tip-off for the "Lace Up 4 Pediatric Cancer" game, which supports the Go4theGoal Foundation in helping kids with cancer achieve their goals, is set for 2 p.m.
  • Last year, UML won, 70-57, at home in the first meeting between the two programs since 1979.
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