The Boston University women’s basketball team’s historic 2008–09season came to an end on March 23, as it fell to crosstown foeBoston College, 68-53, in the second round of the Women’sNational Invitational Tournament at Conte Forum. Kristi Dini (SAR’09) led all scorers with 17 points and Amarachi Umez-Eronini (CAS’09) chipped in 10.
Despite the final score, the Terriers’ senior class graduates as the winningest class inprogram history, with 78 career wins and a .624 winning percentage.
In her final collegiate game, Dini was hot from the field asshe connected on five three-pointers, but BC got double-doubles from forwardsStefanie Murphy (11 points, 11 rebounds) and Carolyn Swords (16 points, 10rebounds). The Terriers recorded 16 points off turnovers; however, theEagles made the most of 22 offensive boards, scoring 26 points onsecond-chance points.
After going down by three points to start the game, BUembarked on a 10-3 run that gave the Terriers a 10-5 advantage at 16:33. The Eagles responded with a streak of their own as they took over thelead on an 8-0 run. BU reclaimed the lead on a traditional three-pointplay by Umez-Eronini, and Dini made it a five-point game on a three-pointer at13:03.
Dini continued her strong first-half play as she knockeddown her third three-pointer of the game at 11:37 from the corner. She followedit up with her fourth triple from the same spot nearly three minuteslater to make it a nine-point game for the Terriers, 24-16.
Over the next five minutes, BC chipped away at the lead anddrew to within three points, 29-26, at 4:07 as Swords collectedan offensive rebound and put it back in for two points. Going into thelocker rooms at halftime, BU had a three-point lead, despite adesperation shot from BC’s Murphy with less than a second lefton the clock. At the break, Dini led all scorers with 12 points — allcoming from behind the arc.
The second half started off on a fortuitous note as Umez-Eronini connected on hersecond three-point play just 11 seconds into the stanza. But BC’sMurphy gave her squad the one-point advantage at 17:52, as theEagles embarked on a 13-3 run that would put the lead in their favor, 44-40, with 15:53 left — a lead they would not relinquish the restof the way.
Over the next seven minutes, the Terriers remained with atwo-possession distance of the Eagles, as they went 7-for-8 from thecharity stripe, to draw to within five points. With just under three minutes remaining, BC had a16-point advantage as it went on a 13-2 spurt that upped its lead to65-49. Kat Briggs(ENG’11) broke a five-minutes scoring drought with a three in front of BU’sbench with 1:46 remaining. BU would get no closer, however, as theEagles held on for the 15-point victory.