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Black Knights control BU offense

The Boston University women’s basketball team made the trip to West Point, N.Y., Wednesday night to take on another Patriot League opponent, the U.S. Military Academy.

The Black Knights (15-5, 7-2 Patriot League) came into the game as one of the top teams in the Patriot League. Army proved a lot for the Terriers (8-14, 3-6 Patriot League) to handle, as they defeated BU in convincing fashion, 72-45, moving into sole possession of second place in the Patriot League.

“Unfortunately it was a combination of they made a lot of shots and we couldn’t put the ball in the basket,” said BU coach Kelly Greenberg. “After the first five minutes, we just really struggled to score so it was just a really bad combination tonight.”

Although BU surrendered the opening basket to Army on a 3-point shot, the Terriers were able to put together an 11-0 run that pulled them ahead early on, started by an impressive 3-pointer by freshman guard Sarah Hope. However, the Terriers would then allow the Black Knights to score six unanswered points before junior forward Mollie McKendrick potted a layup that extended the BU lead to four points with 12:34remaining in the first half.

Following McKendrick’s basket, Army took control and went on a 7-0 run, regaining the lead. The Terriers would not reclaim the lead for the remainder of the game.

The Black Knights extended their lead to 13 points with 1:44 remaining in the first half, but BU was able to pull within seven after consecutive baskets from beyond the arc from Hope and sophomore guard Clodagh Scannell. It was Hope’s third 3-pointer of the night and Scannell’s second.

The Terriers went to the locker room shooting 37 percent from the field and 46.2 percent from 3-point territory. Of their two attempts at the free throw line, neither found its way through the netting.

“I thought they just started denying us, really preventing us from making the next pass in our offense, and they put us on our heels a little bit,” Greenberg said. “I think once they did that, it was hard for us to get back in stride with our offenses, but they did a nice job taking us out of what we like to do.”

At the start of the second half, BU looked like it was ready to piece together a comeback, cashing in on a couple free throws and tossing in a layup, but the Black Knights put up 12 unanswered points to cushion their lead to 19 with 13:57 left in the game.

Army took its largest lead of the game exactly 10 minutes later, pulling even farther away from the Terriers, who found themselves in a 31-point hole.

Although BU was able to get a few points back as the clock wound down, the Terriers would ultimately lose by a 27-point deficit, their sixth loss in conference play.

Senior forward Rashidat Agboola recorded nine rebounds in the first half alone and ended the night with 12. In doing so, Agboola finished just two points shy of a double-double.

Scannell was the only Terrier in double digits for points, posting 14 off four 3-pointers and a layup.

BU ended up shooting 30.2 percent from the field and 40 percent from the charity stripe in addition to sinking nine of their 25 3-point attempts.

Greenberg pointed out that good shot attempts for the Terriers were few and far between.

“We really didn’t have great shot attempts,” she said. “A lot of people didn’t get very good shot attempts.”

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