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BU falls to Holy Cross, 59-48; Earns the No. 3 seed in the PL Tournament

WORCESTER, Mass. – First-year student Alex Giannaros had a team-high 15 points, and junior Maren Durant added a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds, but the Boston University women’s basketball team dropped their regular-season finale to Holy Cross, 59-48, Wednesday night at the Hart Center.

BU (16-13, 12-6 PL) won the rebounding advantage 38-31 and were 15 points behind on turnovers, but were limited to 34.5% shooting and two assists. The Crusaders (20-9, 14-4 PL), meanwhile, drained 7 of 12 three-pointers to help secure the Patriot League regular-season championship.

Junior Sidney Johnson added 13 points and three steals, while the sophomore Caitlin Weimar grabbed 12 rebounds.

Avery LaBarbera scored a game-high 24 points with 11 rebounds. Bronagh Power-Cassidy added 13 points on three triples.

With the Americans’ victory over Lafayette on Wednesday night, the Terriers secured the third seed in the 2022 Patriot League tournament.


  • Giannaros scored five points in the opening 2:03 of the game, converting a layup under the cut and drilling a three-pointer from the wing.
  • However, Holy Cross went 10-0 in six minutes and scored 15 of the last 18 points in the first to lead 15-8 after one quarter.
  • Junior Maggie Pina opened the second with a triple from the left wing to fire BU in four, but Power-Cassidy drained two threes of his own, the latter extending the Crusader advantage to 23-15 with 6:40 on the clock.
  • On back-to-back possessions, Weimar fended off two offensive rebounds to close the gap to 28-23 with less than four minutes left before halftime.
  • LaBarbera opened up to knock down a floater just before the buzzer to give Holy Cross a 37-28 lead at the break.
  • Durant made a layup to open the third, then Johnson made a pass and hit a midrange jumper to close the gap at 37-32.
  • A 7-0 Crusader gave the home side their biggest lead at the time, 44-32, but the Terriers responded with a 9-1 push, Durant scoring six of the points to make it 45- 41 with less than a minute left in the stanza.
  • Trailing eight early in the fourth quarter, BU did not score their first points in the frame until 5:03, when Johnson’s jumper drew the visitors 52-43.
  • The Terriers scored five in a row off Giannaros’ three and Durant’s jumper to make it 57-48 with 2:51 remaining, but BU were shut out the rest of the way.


  • BU also had the points advantage in the paint (26-20) and second chance points (15-12).
  • Forty-five of the Terriers’ 48 points came from the starting lineup.
  • Giannaros tied a season high with four three-pointers. She finished the regular season second on the team with 10.2 points per game.
  • Johnson has hit double figures in 17 of his 18 Patriot League appearances, recording 17.1 points per game against league opponents.
  • Durant finishes the regular season with three double-doubles in his last five games, notching 10 or more caroms in 13 games so far.
  • Weimar averaged 11.3 points and 10.1 rebounds in Patriot League play. Wednesday marked the 10th time this season that she led the team in rebounding, second only to Durant.
  • With their league record of 12-6, the Terriers equaled their most PL wins in a single season, their ninth as a member.
  • BU has earned a top-three seed in the Patriot League tournament in three straight seasons and a top-four seed in four.


  • No. 3 BU will host No. 6 Army West Point in the Patriot League quarter-final round on Monday, March 7. The Case Gym opening board is set for 6 p.m.