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Women’s basketball features balanced offense in 70–61 win over Richmond

After a loss against West Virginia University in which senior guard Chantell Alford scored over half of the points for the Boston University women’s basketball team, its offense got back on track during Friday night’s 70–61 win against the University of Richmond.

The Terriers dropped 70 points on the Spiders with four players scoring in double figures.

“We think we have a lot of weapons, both on the offensive end and the defensive end,” said BU coach Kelly Greenberg. “Tonight, it just worked out.”

For the third straight game, Chantell Alford led the Terriers in scoring with 18 points.

Many of her teammates were not far behind her. Senior guard Mo Moran scored 13 points on the night and also dished out eight assists.

In the frontcourt, junior forward Rashidat Agboola posted her first double-double of the season with 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Fellow junior forward Whitney Turner scored a career-high 12 points to go along with five rebounds. Senior guard Kristen Sims also came up big for the Terriers, hitting two 3-pointers and finishing the night with eight points.

“Rashidat [Agboola] and Whitney [Turner] in the paint were great going one-on-one, and then when [Richmond] did double, they made great passes out of it,” Greenberg said. “Chantell [Alford] and Mo [Moran] hit their shots, Kristen [Sims’] couple of threes in the first half were really big for us because we went on a little run there where we weren’t scoring and her two threes were really big.

“We have a lot of people who can score in different ways and tonight it just happened that everyone got some good looks.”

Junior guard Danielle Callahan, who missed the last two seasons due to NCAA transfer regulations and injuries, shot 50 percent from beyond the arc and finished the game with seven points.

Despite playing in just her third game for the Terriers, Callahan earned praise from Greenberg for her presence and leadership on the team.

“[Callahan] is such a steady influence for us,” Greenberg said. “It’s great to have her. Her teammates love her, they love playing with her. She does a lot of the little things, and again, she hasn’t played in two years.

“So in these three games she’s still getting used to being back out on the court, so she’s just going to progress every game and really be big for us this year.”

The Terriers only made 36.4 percent (12–33) of their field goals in the first half, but followed that up by hitting 50 percent (13–26) of their shots in the second half. They also had a 57.1 (4–7) 3-point field goal percentage. The Terriers finished the game with a 42.4 field goal percentage.

Coach Greenberg said she believes the high field goal percentage in the second half was a result of improved shot selection.

“I think we pretty much shot the same from three, but we shot less threes, which is always a good thing,” Greenberg said. “Sometimes, when we start shooting too many threes and you get a little three-happy, it’s not great.

“We got a lot of inside touches, we got a couple of guards going to the basket. I thought Whitney’s baseline post moves really got us going really well … I just think we scored on the inside more in the second half.”

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