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BU looks for 12th straight in weekend tilt

The Boston University women’s basketball team will look to extend its winning streak to 12 when its faces Stony Brook University this Saturday at Case Gymnasium.

The Terriers are 11-0 in America East play after a win against the University of Maine last Wednesday 73-50.

“You know, it’s a mentality,” said BU coach Kelly Greenberg, “It’s our mindset about how we approach the next game. [Wednesday’s] game was number 11 and Saturday’s game is number 12.”

In the contest against Maine, BU (18-6) pulled into the lead early in the game, aided by seven straight 3-pointers. Junior guard Chantell Alford contributed to more than half of those scored, netting four treys in a row.

BU took a double-digit lead seven minutes into the second half and didn’t look back, outscoring Maine 43-23. They ended the game, triumphing over Maine with over a 20-point deficit.

Alford led BU’s offense, scoring 18 points and netting her career-best six 3-pointers. Senior guard Alex Young reached a mark of her own, adding three 3-pointers, helping her tie the program history record of most made three-pointers, with 208. She shares this record with Kristi Dini, who played from 2005-08.

Sophomore forward Rashidat Agbool was also in the double digits, scoring 14 points and grabbing eight rebounds. Not to be outdone, senior forward Caroline Stewart posted her second double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

“We always need to keep improving on our defense and make sure we’re helping each other out,” Greenberg said. “From [Wednesday’s] game that was probably the main thing, like, let’s not let teams score on the paint and let’s make sure we help each other defensively”

In its last time out, Stony Brook (4-21, 1-11 AE) fell to the University of Maryland-Baltimore County 63-51.

Stony Brook junior Jessica Previlon scored her first career double-double, going 7-for-10 from the field. She was also named America East Player of the Game.

UMBC scored the first 13 points of the game, and it seemed the Seawolves would not recover from the start. They trailed UMBC 29-24 just before the half.

Stony Brook came out of the break fighting, binging the score within three with a jumper from senior Whitney Davis.

Despite its best effort, UMBC never gave up its lead.

“I think we will talk a lot about Stony Brook’s personnel,” Greenberg said. “You know, what to expect from them defensively. They mix it up quite a bit and then what we want to do defensively to them.”

In the Terriers last contest against Stony Brook, BU took to the road and defeated the Seawolves by over 30 points to contribute to its current winning streak.

Young lead the team with 15 points, going 5-of-9 from beyond the arc. Alford followed close behind, netting 13 points. While none of the other Terriers hit double digits, Agboola nearly hit a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.

While the Seawolves only connected 19.4 percent (6-of-31) of their shots in the first half, the Terriers bounded past them, shooting 43.8 percent (14-of-32).

Back on the court, Young connected her fourth 3-pointer of the game, giving BU a 50-18 lead. With just six minutes left to play, and nearly a 40-point lead, Greenberg pulled her reserves off the bench. Although Stony Brook outshot BU 11-4 in the final minutes of the game, BU secured the victory 69-34.

Saturday’s game will be the second time these two teams face off this season. In the 2010-11 season, the Terriers bested the Seawolves in both games, and they are looking to do it again this season.

“[Saturday is] our alumnae game so our alumnae will be coming back,” Greenberg said. “It’s also our pink game for breast cancer. So there are a lot of things to make sure we’re representing BU basketball really well and playing well together and playing hard.”

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