Nov. 20, 2008
BOSTON, Mass. – Boston University got off to a quick start, leading 7-0 after the first 2:21 of the game. They never let up, defeating Siena 84-61 in a non-conference game Thursday evening in Boston, Mass. Jesyka Burks-Wiley led the Terriers with 20 points and seven rebounds while Siena’s Heather Stec tied a career-high with 18 points.
Siena (0-3) looked like a young team in their first road game of the season, turning the ball over 10 times in the first 10 minutes. The Terriers took advantage and scored 16 points off turnovers in the first half. BU dominated the glass with a 19-11 advantage including 10 offensive boards.
The Terriers (2-0) ran off makes and misses and suffocated the Saints on defense. BU shot 47% from the field in the first half and 45% from beyond the arc. Three of their players scored in double figures including Burks-Wiley (20), Amarac Umez-Eronini (18) and Kristi Dini (14).
The Saints went on a 9-5 run in the last 3:07 of the half behind a 3-pointer by Sara Parnell, two foul shots by Sarah Fullmer and two driving layups by Cristina Centeno. But BU’s Dini hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to take any wind out of the sails going into halftime.
Siena went to senior captain Heather Stec early and often in the second half. She scored 10 points in the first five minutes to cut the Terriers’ lead to 50-41. But that was as close as it got before BU pulled away for good. BU outscored Siena 21-7 in a 10 minute span to take a 71-48 with five minutes left.
Siena shot 34% from the field in the second half (11% worse than in the first half) but committed only four turnovers instead of their 13 from the first half.
Siena returns to action Monday when they play Eastern Michigan for the first time in program history. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.