Boston U., Hartford Earn Wins On Women's Basketball Opening Night
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -On the opening night of the 2012-13 college basketball season, America East women's teams went 2-5, with Boston University and Hartford each earning wins.
Boston University took down local rival and ACC foe Boston College, 52-46, marking the first time since 1984 the Terriers have defeated the Eagles in back-to-back seasons.
The win also gave head coach Kelly Greenberg 150 in her career with the Terriers.
Chantell Alford led all scorers with 17 points, as Boston U. built a nine point lead in the late stages of the contest after back-to-back 3-pointers from Alford and Mo Moran made it 45-36. Boston College closed to within four with under a minute remaining, but Moran iced the contest with a pair of free throws.
Hartford also opened with a home victory, beating Loyola University Maryland, 64-50 behind double-digit efforts from Daphne Elliot, Amber Bepko and Nikkia Smith.
The Hawks started the game on a 15-4 run, but the Greyhounds fought back to within four on two different occasions later in the half. Hartford closed the first half by scoring 12 of the final 14 points to take a 36-22 lead into the break.
The Hawks kept their foot on the gas pedal to open the second half, going on a 16-2 run to take a 52-24 lead with 13 minutes to go in the game. Hartford shot 44.6-percent in the game.
Albany, Maine, UMBC, Stony Brook and Vermont each lost their season openers. The Great Danes dropped a 60-43 decision at home to Fordham on a night when they raised their America East Championship banner.
Vermont held a 32-25 lead over reigning MAAC Champion and preseason favorite Marist, but the Red Foxes started the second-half by scoring 18-straight points and held the Catamounts to only 12 second half points to take a 66-45 win. Marist is receiving votes in the top-25 poll.
Binghamton opens its season on Saturday at Saint Bonaventure, while Maine takes on Wofford in the second game of the Sheraton Raleigh Wolfpack Invitational.