Box Score Feb. 4, 2016
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With 0.6 seconds left on the clock, Sarah Hope hit the game-winner at the buzzer off of an inbound pass from Troi Melton to ensure a 51-49 victory over Navy on Thursday night in Case Gym.
After Payton Hauck stole an inbound pass and hit a jumper to give BU a 49-47 lead with 24 seconds left, the Terriers (2-19, 2-8 PL) just needed to keep the ball inside and avoid the Midshipman (10-11, 4-6 PL) 3-pointer, which had been deadly throughout the contest.
Corrine Williams blocked the initial shot on the possession but Navy's Peri Curtis got the put-back to tie the game with seconds remaining. BU's timeout call wasn't heard until the Terriers had crossed the half-court line, leaving them with just 0.6 seconds to create a game-winning play.
Melton had inbounding duty and she placed a perfect lob pass to Hope, who was open thanks to an excellent screen set by Hauck. Hope's catch and release was perfectly timed and executed and with the swish of the basket, BU avoided an overtime period and came away with the program's first-ever win over Navy as a conference opponent.
The turning point in the game came at the start of the fourth quarter when the Terriers began to work the inside as Erin Bayram and Meghan Green came up with clutch plays in the post to dig BU out of its biggest deficit of the night, down 10-points at the end of the third period.
A pair of layups from Green began a 13-0 run that put the Terriers back into contention. Hope drained a pull-up triple in transition to build BU's momentum and Melton took it from there, hitting a 15-foot jumper and then stealing the ball back to lay in the go-ahead basket on the next possession.
The game was held at a 47-47 stalemate for nearly all of the final four minutes until Hauck made her inbound steal to set up the fate of the game.
BU held Navy without a double-digit scorer, the first time the Terriers have been able to accomplish that so far this season. The Mids were held to 31.0 percent shooting overall but went 10-of-29 from beyond the arc, causing trouble early for BU. Taylor Dunham, Navy's points leader who tallied 26 against the Terriers earlier this season, was held scoreless on the night.
The Terriers finished with a 38.2 mark from the field and went 6-for-15 from long range. Their inside presence was the difference maker, however, outscoring Navy 22-10 in the paint.
BU is back in action on Saturday when the Terriers host Lafayette in a 2 p.m. affair in Case Gym. The game is set to air live on the Patriot League Network.