Boston University earned its second win in program history over a ranked opponent.
Boston University earned its second win in program history over a ranked opponent.
Courtesy: America East Communications

Boston U. Upsets No. 17/15 St. John's, 66-49, Saturday

Release: 12/01/2012

BOSTON - The Bosotn University women's basketball team shocked No. 17/15 St. John's with an impressive, 66-49, win on Saturday afternoon at Case Gym. It was the second time in program history that the Terriers have defeated a ranked opponent.

The last time Boston University defeated a ranked team was Jan. 18, 2010 when the Terriers downed No. 24 Vermont, 73-64. The win marks the first time an America East team has defeated a non-conference ranked opponent since Hartford defeated No. 19/23 Louisivlle, 62-50, on Nov. 17, 2009.

The win over the No. 17/15 ranked team in the country is the second-highest ranked team an America East team has ever defeated. Hartford defeated the highest ranked team, beating No. 5/6 Duke on Nov. 21, 2008.

The 17-point margin of victory matches the largest win over a ranked opponent for an America East team. Hartford also had a 17-point win over No. 23/22 BYU on Dec. 2, 2006. The

The Terriers (5-3) have now defeated a current Big East conference member in consecutive seasons, as BU posted a 65-62 win over Providence to open the 2011-12 campaign on Nov. 12, 2011.

Senior Chantell Alford led BU with 22 points and matched her career-high with six made 3-pointers. The guard also added six rebounds and three assists. Junior Rashidat Agboola recorded her second double-double of the season, and 10th of her career, with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Junior Danielle Callahan was second on the team with 14 points and tied her personal best with four-made 3-pointers while classmate Whitney Turner added eight rebounds and five points. Senior Mo Moran led the team with eight assists and chipped in six points and five rebounds.

BU went 25-of-60 from the field to end the game with a 41.7 field goal percentage and shot 40.6 percent (13-of-32) from beyond the arc. St. John's finished with a 30.6 percent clip from the field (19-of-62) and connected on just one of 10 3-point attempts. The Terriers and the Red Storm finished the game tied with 43 rebounds each while both teams committed 13 turnovers.

St. John's started with a 5-3 lead within the first three minutes of the game but Alford's first 3-pointer of the night gave the Terriers' a 6-5 advantage and a lead that they never relinquished. The senior's trey sparked a 10-2 run for BU that was capped with another shot from beyond the arc by Callahan to make it a 17-7 game midway through the first half.

BU used five 3-pointers over a five minute span to take a 32-13 lead with 3:54 remaining in the first half.

After taking a 34-18 lead into halftime, the Terriers led by as many as 22 points in the second half following a Rashidat Agboola layup with 11:56 left in the game.

St. John's brought BU's lead down to 17 points with six minutes remaining after Brown connected on one of two chances from the charity stripe. Freshman Katie Poppe then checked in for the Terriers and made her presence immediately felt with a layup. Soon after, Callahan was whistled for a foul at 4:51, putting BU over the limit and sending Ashley Perez to the line where she connected on both shots to make it a 16-point game, 59-43, with 3:44 to play.

The Red Storm failed to further cut into their deficit and BU's 11th 3-pointer of the game, off the hands of Callahan, put the Terriers up 66-45, with 1:38 to play. St. John's closed out the game with a pair of free throws from Jennifer Blanding and a layup from Handford as BU secured the 66-49 victory.