BOSTON, Mass. – Boston University had four players score in double-figures, led by Rashidat Agboola's game-best 19 points, to help lead it to a 67-65 victory over Holy Cross in Patriot League women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at Case Gymnasium. With the win, the Terriers improve to 12-19 overall and 7-11 in the conference, while the Crusaders fall to 18-11 on the season and 10-8 in the league. Holy Cross earned the fifth seed in the Patriot League Tournament and will travel to No. 4 Bucknell on Thursday, March 6 for a quarterfinal matchup.
The two teams went back and forth to begin the contest, as there were a total of seven lead changes and three tied scores, with the game knotted at 22-22 (6:25). No team held more than a four-point lead during the first half stretch. The Terriers canned a trey to go on top 25-22 (6:11), but Crusader senior guard Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) hit back-to-back three-pointers to begin the Holy Cross surge to end the half. The Crusaders closed the first half on a 18-6 run to head into the locker room on top 40-31. Smith and senior guard Brisje Malone (Springfield, Mass.) scored six points each during the rally, while junior forward Emily Parker (Johnston, Iowa) tallied four points.
Boston University came out of the intermission on a tear, as it erupted on a 12-0 run to gain the 43-40 lead with 14:54 on the clock. The Crusaders knotted the score at 45-45 (11:45), but the Terriers responded with a pair of buckets to grab the 49-45 advantage (9:48). Holy Cross countered with a 9-0 rally over the next 3:19 to earn the 54-49 lead with 6:19 on the clock, but Boston University answered that run with an 11-3 surge to go on top 60-57 (4:20).
The Crusaders tied the game at 63-63 with 2:03 to go, but four points in a row by the Terriers put them up 67-63 with 56 seconds on the clock. Holy Cross made it a one-possession game (67-65) on a layup by sophomore guard Lisa Mifsud (Erie, Pa.), but could not get any closer as Boston University held on for the victory.
Holy Cross was led by sophomore forward Raquel Scott (Ridgewood, N.J.) who recorded her 15th double-double of the season with 12 points and a game-best 15 rebounds. Malone tallied 16 points and five rebounds, while Smith recorded 14 points and six assists. Sophomore center Molly Hourigan (Memphis, N.Y.) posted 10 points, seven boards and a pair of blocked shots. In addition to Agboola for Boston University, Whitney Turner, Melissa Gallo and Danielle Callahan all totaled 12 points apiece.
The Crusaders shot 34.7 percent from the floor (26 of 75), while the Terriers connected on 25 of their 51 shots from the field (49.0 percent). Holy Cross canned six of 22 from behind the arc (27.3 percent), while Boston University hit 31.6 percent from downtown (6 of 19). The Crusaders held advantages in rebounding (49-33), second chance points (18-0) and points off turnovers (18-9).
Holy Cross returns to action on Thursday, March 6, when it will begin Patriot League Tournament play at Bucknell. The Crusaders will play their quarterfinal matchup with the Bison at a time to be announced later.