Road Teams Go 3-1 on Saturday as Boston U and Albany Improve to 2-0
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Albany and Boston U both came away with wins on Saturday to improve to 2-0 and sit atop the America East standings through two days of conference play. Road teams went 3-1 on Saturday, as UMBC was the only home team to win.
Boston U (12-3, 2-0) came away with a 45-39 victory over Hartford (9-6, 0-2) in a defensive battle at Chase Family Arena. The Terriers won their ninth-straight game behind a career effort from Rashidat Agboola, who had 26 points in the victory. Both teams struggled from the field as Boston U converted 35.4 percent while Hartford shot just 30.6 percent. Agboola had 16 of her points in the second half. Hartford came within four at 42-38 with under four minutes to play, but the Terrier defense clamped down and did not allow another field goal to seal the win.
Albany (11-3, 2-0) also improved to 2-0 in league play with a 72-47 win over Binghamton (2-13, 1-1). The Great Danes have won two conference games by an average of 39.5 points per game. Trailing 16-14 in the first half, Albany outscored the Bearcats 18-7 over the final nine minutes to take control of the game with a 32-23 lead at the break. Shereesha Richards led the Great Danes with a game-high 18 points. The Great Danes shot 40-percent from the floor and held a 47-25 rebounding advantage.
UMBC (5-10, 1-1) held off a second-half comeback from Maine (1-13, 0-1) with clutch free-throw shooting down the stretch to grab its first conference win, 54-50, over the Black Bears. Maine battled back from a double-digit deficit with a 19-8 run to start the second half and tie the game at 30. The Black Bears trailed by just two at 52-50 with six second left, but Raven Harris hit 2-of-2 from the charity stripe to clinch the win. UMBC shot a season-best 14-of-17 from the free throw line including 8-of-9 in the second half. Bria White led the Retrievers with 15 points, scoring 14 in the second half.
Stony Brook (9-6, 1-1) overcame an 11-point first half deficit to top New Hampshire (5-9, 0-2), 48-44. The Seawolves used swarming defense to hold the Wildcats scoreless for the first six-plus minutes of the second half to claim a 31-28 lead. With the game tied a 41 late, Chikilra Goodman slashed to the hoop for two and Brittany Snow hit a jumper on the next possession to put the Seawolves up four. After the Wildcats closed to within one, Goodman hit a mid-range jumper and converted on a free throw to give Stony Brook the win. Goodman led Stony Brook with 17 points.
Saturday, January 5
Boston U 45, at Hartford 39 - Box Score | Recap
Albany 72, at Binghamton 47 - Box Score | Recap
Stony Brook 48, at New Hampshire 44 - Box Score | Recap
at UMBC 54, Maine 50 - Box Score | Recap