BOSTON - In a game filled with offensive runs, the Boston University Terriers scored eight unanswered points in a two-minute span in the second half and held off the New Hampshire Wildcats, 77-67, Sunday afternoon in women's basketball action at Case Gymnasium.
The Wildcats led, 29-27, at halftime, but the Terriers went on a 14-2 run early in the second half to take a 47-38 lead with 12:16 remaining in the half. UNH answered with ten consecutive points, eight of them coming from the free throw line, to retake the lead at 50-49 with 9:08 left in the game.
In the next minute, Terrier senior Becky Bonner hit two three-pointers to give Boston University the lead for good, and a driving layup by Katie Meinhardt concluded the 8-0 run to put the Terriers up, 57-50, with 7:17 showing on the clock. A three-pointer by Lindsay Adams (Theresa, N.Y.) and a floater by Whitney Edwards (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) brought the Wildcats within two, but three-pointers by Larissa Parr and Bonner gave Boston University a cushion to work with for the rest of the contest.
Bonner led all players with a season-high 24 points, hitting 6-of-10 shots from beyond the three-point arc. Meinhardt came off the bench to score 18 points, dish out three assists, and earn two steals, while Rachael Vanderwal contributed 13 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists to the winning effort.
Adams led the Wildcats with 13 points and two assists, with Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine) scoring 12 points and pulling down six rebounds and Kate Dillon (Overland Park, Kan.) contributing 11 points and five rebounds. Edwards scored nine points, all in the second half, and led all players defensively with three steals.
In the second half, Boston University (12-15, 7-11 America East) nearly doubled its point total from the first half, shooting 53.1 percent from the field in scoring 50 second-half points. The Terriers, who earned 19 assists on their 28 field goals, pulled down 11 offensive rebounds and outrebounded the Wildcats, 39-29.
Despite the loss, New Hampshire (14-13, 10-8 America East) earns its highest regular season conference finish in six seasons, placing in third place after being picked eighth by the coaches in the preseason.
The Wildcats begin their quest for the America East Tournament on Thursday, March 10, against the Albany Great Danes at 8:30 p.m. at the Chase Family Arena at the University of Hartford. UNH swept Albany during the regular season, 53-43 on January 5 in Durham and 71-61 on February 5 in Albany.