Jan. 17, 2015
BOSTON – Despite being down two starting guards, the Boston University women’s basketball team gave Loyola a run for their money, getting within two points with under four minutes to play but ultimately dropped a 63-53 decision to the Greyhounds on Saturday afternoon in Case Gym.
Meghan Green led the Terriers with 20 points, two shy of her career-high, while Troi Melton played the most minutes of her career (32) and grabbed a personal-best nine rebounds. The junior scored eight points and dished out three rebounds in the loss.
Overall, the Terriers shot 37.9 percent (22-58) from the field but were halted from long range, netting just two of 17 3-point attempts (11.8 percent). BU also shot under 50 percent from the charity stripe, missing out on eight free points.
Turnovers were costly for the Terriers with 15 miscues turning into 23 points for Loyola. BU did have a strong post performance, however, outscoring the Greyhounds 30-20 in the paint and outrebounding them 41-35.
Loyola got of to a fast start, beginning the game on an 8-1 run. The Terriers caught up and cut the deficit to two points less than five minutes into the game but the Greyhounds did not relent, eventually building up to their largest lead of the game, 11 points, midway through the first half.
Starting guard Sarah Hope, BU’s second-leading scorer, went down early in the game and was unavailable for the rest of the contest, leaving the Terriers with a three-person bench as fellow starter Courtney Latham was also out for the game due to a leg injury.
Boston U. kept fighting despite its lack of personnel and cut the lead to six-points by halftime.
The second half was marked by back-and-forth play with the Loyola lead fluctuating between four and eight points until the Terriers kicked it into high gear and went on a 6-1 run to trail by just two points with under four minutes to play.
BU was unable to continue its momentum, however, and was forced to resort to fouling for the final minute, ultimately leading to a 10-point loss.
The Terriers hit the road for a two-game road trip with their first stop at American for a contest on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.