Nov. 10, 2007
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Boston University's free-throws down the stretch weathered a late Siena (0-1) surge to preserve a 70-66 victory this afternoon in Loudonville. Terriers forwards Kasey Devine and Jeskya Burks-Wiley teamed up for 18 points apiece to lead Boston University (1-0) to its first win of the 2007-08 campaign. Siena senior forward Laura Menty and local product Shondaya Burrell each finished with a game-high 19 points in the losing effort.
"We got into foul trouble early, but we worked hard and did well for the situation we were in," explained head coach Gina Castelli. "These kids are resilient, they gave everything they had today."
Burrell electrified the crowd early on helping the Saints jump out to a 6-0 lead just over a minute into the contest. It proved to be Siena's largest lead of the game.
Midway through the first half the Terriers caught fire going on a 22-5 run which was capped off by a Burks-Wiley jumper at the 5:15 mark. With the basket, Boston University harbored a comfortable 33-20 advantage.
The Saints made a push just before intermission to cut the Terriers lead to seven as they entered the break.
Siena slowly chipped away at the deficit faced over the course of the second half thanks to the sharp shooting of senior co-captain Melissa Manzer. Manzer finished with 14 points on the afternoon, 11 coming over the final 20 minutes.
The Saints stingy defense led by senior guard Liga Alpe-Luka helped force seven second half turnovers allowing Siena to battle its way back into the game. Alpe-Luka finished with a career-high seven rebounds and 10 assists to complement her seven points. She also notched a game-high three steals.
With just seven seconds remaining in the contest, Burrell cut the Siena deficit to a single point after connecting on a pair of free-throws. Although, three Boston University free-throws down the stretch locked up the victory.
The Terriers shot an impressive 20-23 from the line this afternoon. They also went 43.4% from the field.
The Saints return to action on Tuesday when they square off with Harvard in Cambridge, Mass. Game time is set for 7 p.m.