Boston University (16-12, 12-5 PL) vs. Holy Cross (19-9, 13-4 PL)
Date and time: Wednesday, March 2, 2022, 6 p.m.
Location: Hart Center at Luth Athletic Complex, Worcester, Mass.
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BOSTON- Closing the book on the 2021-22 regular season, Boston University’s women’s basketball program is looking to clinch the top seed in the upcoming Patriot League tournament when it visits Holy Cross on Wednesday, March 2. Opening tip is scheduled for 6 p.m.
With a win, the Terriers would earn a share of their first Patriot League regular season championship in program history and their fourth all-time conference regular season title. BU would also set a single-season program record with 13 Patriot League wins.
Holy Cross has already earned its share of the regular season championship and can claim the title with a victory. A win would give the Crusaders 20 wins for the first time since 2013-14.
- BU snapped a two-game losing streak by beating Bucknell 69-51 on senior day last Saturday (February 26).
- The Terriers trailed for just 2:32 the entire game and outplayed the Bison every quarter while shooting over 49% from the field.
- Junior Sidney Johnson lost a team-high 21 points, his eighth game this season with more than 20 points. Second year Caitlin Weimar added 13 points and nine rebounds.
- BU honors seniors Riley Childs and Chiara Tibbit in a pre-match ceremony, and both appeared in the starting lineup.
- BU have earned a top-three seed at the next tournament, with seeds 4-10 already finalized. BU, Holy Cross and American are the only teams that have yet to land a seed. The Eagles take on Lafayette at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
- To earn the No. 1 seed and a share of the regular season championship, the Terriers need a win over the Crusaders. BU would win the head-to-head tiebreaker with Holy Cross, 2-0. If the Terriers AND the Americans win, BU wins the multi-team tiebreaker between the three teams with a 3-1 record over the Crusaders and Eagles.
- To win the No. 2 seed, BU AND American would have to lose. The Terriers win the tiebreaker in this scenario thanks to their 2-0 record over 4-seeded Bucknell. If BU and American lose and Bucknell wins, the Terriers’ 3-1 record against both teams secures the second seed to BU.
- To win the No. 3 seed, the Terriers would have to lose AND American would have to win, giving Holy Cross the No. 1 seed and American the No. 2 seed.
- In its last 65 regular season games in the Patriot League, the Terriers are 45-20.
- Wednesday marks BU’s 600th conference game in program history. The Terriers are 312-287 (.520) against league opponents.
- Of BU’s 16 wins, 13 are in double digits.
SCOUT THE CRUSADERS
- Bucknell enters the game with a 19-9 record, including 13-4 in Patriot League play.
- The Crusaders clinched their share of a Patriot League regular season championship with a 73-59 win over Army West Point on Feb. 26. Their previous regular season championship dates back to 2004-05.
- Holy Cross needs a win to grab the No. 1 seed and the regular season title.
- Avery LaBarbera paces the Crusaders with 16 points, 9.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game, ranking second in the league with 17.5 PL points per game.
- Cara McCormack and Janelle Allen are averaging 8.7 and 8.5 points per game in the Patriot League.
- Wednesday marks the 33rd all-time meeting between BU and Holy Cross.
- The Crusaders have the 19-13 advantage, but the Terriers have won seven of the last eight games.
- In the first game on February 16 at Case Gym, BU won 74-56. Holy Cross had a 19-9 lead late in the first quarter, but BU outscored the visitors 65-37 from that point on, limiting the Crusaders to 25% shooting in the final three quarters.
- Giannaros and Tibbitt each had 16 points, with the latter setting a new career high. Durant had 14 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks.
- The two teams have faced each other twice in March before, with each team winning by two points.
- Once BU learns its seed for the upcoming Patriot League tournament, the Terriers will prepare to host the quarter-finals at Case Gym on Monday, March 7 at 6 p.m.