WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - The Boston University Terriers grabbed several key offensive rebounds down the stretch and hit enough free throws to hold off the New Hampshire Wildcats, 66-60, Friday afternoon in the America East women's basketball quarterfinals at the Chase Arena.
The Terriers took a 34-29 halftime lead and then scored the first five points of the second half to increase it to ten (39-29). The Wildcats held the Terriers scoreless for the next six minutes, going on a 11-1 run to tie the game at 40 with 11:54 remaining capped by a three-pointer from Danielle Clark (Corinna, Maine).
The two teams traded three-pointers, then BU's Christine Kinneary hit a three-pointer to give the Terriers the lead for good. With 5:56 left, Lindsay Adams (Theresa, N.Y.) hit a three-pointer to bring UNH within one at 49-48, but Cheri Raffo hit a three-pointer for BU a minute later to give the Terriers the cushion they would need.
With the score 58-54, Boston University missed two three-pointers and two free throws, but the Terriers were able to pull down the offensive rebound off each miss to keep possession. The Terriers won the rebounding battle, 49-34, including 17 offensive rebounds.
Ebony Woods (Philadelphia, Pa.) played her best game of the season scoring-wise, earning 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the field, including 4-of-6 from the three-point line. Clark finished with 14 points and eight rebounds, but struggled from the field, hitting only 4-of-17 field goal attempts in the game.
Raffo led the Terriers with 18 points, with Kinneary scoring 11 points and Kasey Devine notching a double-double with ten points and 13 rebounds. Boston University (17-11) moves on to face Stony Brook in the semifinals of the tournament Saturday, March 11, at 1 p.m.
New Hampshire finishes the 2005-06 season with a 15-12 overall record, the second consecutive season the Wildcats finish with a winning record. UNH loses Woods, Adams, and Emily Hardy (Westbrook, Conn.) to graduation, but have signed six student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to join returners such as All-Conference performers Clark and Ray Williams (Mississauga, Ontario) for the 2006-07 season.