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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.

HOW DID IT HAPPEN

  • 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.

PLAY NOTES

  • 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.

FOLLOWING

  • 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.