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Women’s basketball beats Holy Cross for first place in PL

Boston University (14-10, 10-3 PL) vs. Holy Cross (16-8, 10-3 PL)
Date and time: Wednesday, February 16, 2022, 6 p.m.
Location: Case Gym, Boston, Mass.

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BOSTON- Playing off for the first time this season, Boston University’s women’s basketball program hosts Holy Cross in a battle for the top spot in the Patriot League standings on Wednesday, February 16. Opening tip is set at 6 p.m.


Both teams enter the tilt with a 10-3 record, tied for first in the table and a half game ahead of 9-3 Lehigh. With a win, the Terriers would take sole possession of the top spot and secure their 11th PL win, which has come three more times since BU joined the league in 2013.


Holy Cross has beaten all other Patriot League enemies at least once so far. The Crusaders are 4-2 on the road in the league so far, having won three of their last four away games.


Wednesday is American Sign Language night, as the program partners with Deaf Studies programs at Wheelock College of Education and Human Development. For more information on the event, please click here. The team will also wear black pins with an equals sign as part of the Rising Coaches DEI Alliance Equality and Inclusion night.



TERRIER BITES

  • BU fell to the Americans on the road, 70-57, in their last encounter on February 12.
  • Junior Maren Durant had 14 points and eight rebounds, while the second Caitlin Weimar added a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Junior Liz Shean also added 10 points.
  • The Terriers beat the Eagles 33-22. BU has won the battle on the boards in 11 of their 13 Patriot League games, recording a better rebounding margin of +9.0 over that span.
  • BU is the only PL school that has two student-athletes averaging 10 or more rebounds per league game. Weimar ranks fourth with 10.4 caroms per contest, while Durant is fifth with 10.2.
  • Weimar is one of four Patriot League student-athletes to average a double-double in league action, joining Holy Cross’ Avery LaBarbera, Loyola Maryland’s Lex Therien and Navy’s Jennifer Coleman.
  • Durant is one block away from tying Marisa Moseley for sixth place on BU’s all-time list. The native of Winchester, Mass. currently has 113 in 69 career games.
  • Shean is currently shooting 51.9 percent from three this season. That would be a program-high single-season three-point percentage (min. 25 attempts). His teammate, junior Annabelle Lanardsports the highest percentage at 0.516, set in 2019-20.
  • Junior Sidney Johnson is averaging a career-best 16 points per game this year. That mark would be the highest of any Terrier in BU’s Patriot League era, and the highest since Chantell Alford scored 16.4 points per game in 2012-13.
  • This season, BU is 8-3 at Case Gym. Since the start of the 2019-20 campaign, the Terriers are 20-4 against Patriot League foes at home.
  • BU are also 10-0 this season in night games.

SCOUT THE CRUSADERS

  • Holy Cross shares first place in the standings with BU with a 10-3 record in the Patriot League and a 16-8 record overall.
  • More recently, the Crusaders saw their three-game winning streak shattered with a 66-49 loss to Bucknell last Saturday.
  • As a team, Holy Cross enters the game 23rd in the nation with a .266 three-point percentage defense and 26th with 55.4 points per game allowed.
  • Individually, Avery LaBarbera is third in the PL with 16.8 points per league game and second with 11.4 boards per league game. She ranks fifth in Division I with 8.3 defensive caroms per game.
  • No other Crusader is averaging double digits, but three others are dropping at least eight points per game: Bronagh Power-Cassidy, Oluchi Ezemma and Janelle Allen.

SERIES HISTORY

  • Wednesday marks the 32nd all-time meeting between BU and Holy Cross.
  • Although the Crusaders are 19-12 in the series, the Terriers have won six of the last seven meetings.
  • This is the first meeting between the programs this year, BU’s last unknown opponent to play in the campaign.
  • In last year’s league-only schedule, the Terriers and Crusaders fought five times, the most common foe for BU that season. BU went 4-1 in those contests.
  • Johnson averaged 11.4 points on 43.9% shooting with 4.6 assists over the five games, while Durant averaged 10.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game while hitting 75% of his shots.
  • The Terriers have won three of the last four meetings against Holy Cross at Case Gym, although the Crusaders won the most recent match, 60-52.

NEXT

  • BU are staying home to host their Play4Kay match against Colgate this Saturday (February 19). Opening tip is scheduled for 1 p.m.