Dec. 1, 2012
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BOSTON (AP)- The Boston University Terriers used a first half lead and 11-for-21 shooting from the outside to get a win over No. 17/15 St. John's, 66-49, at Case Gym on Saturday.
For the Red Storm (4-2), sophomore forward Amber Thompson scored a team-best 11 points to go along with eight rebounds. It was her first double figure game of the season. Senior guard Shenneika Smith had nine points with seven rebounds for the Red Storm. She also added three blocks.
Boston University led 34-18 by halftime, helped by 42.9 percent shooting on 12-for-28 from the floor and 8-for-12 from beyond the 3-point arc. In the second half, the Red Storm held Boston University to just 3-for-9 from long range, but the eight 3's in the first half took its toll.
The Terriers' senior guard Chantell Alford led the way for Boston University (5-3) with 22 points, shooting 6-for-7 from the 3-point line and 7-for-12 overall. Rashidat Agboola had a double-double for Boston University with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
The game got off to a slow start with the score 8-5 in Boston's favor five minutes into the contest. From there, the Terriers went on a 9-2 run, taking a 10-point, 17-7 lead off after a 3-pointer by Danielle Callahan.
St. John's rebounded as Smith and junior guard Briana Brown both put in baskets off offensive boards, cutting the Terriers' lead to six, 17-11 with 9:22 left in the first half. Brown finished the game with seven points, six rebounds.
By the four-minute official timeout in the first period, Boston University had jumped out to a 32-13 lead, using a run that included five 3-pointers, three by Alford.
Boston only had a one-point advantage, 32-31, over St. John's in the second half in scoring, but the early run gave the Terriers a solid cushion.
Rookie guard Ashley Perez played an aggressive game, also pulling down six boards, five of them defensive. Perez also added four points with two steals.
The Red Storm hit 10-of-16 from the foul line, 1-for-1 in the first half.
St. John's played down two starting guards on Saturday, as senior Eugeneia McPherson missed her first full game after a season-ending ACL injury (right knee) on Nov. 25 at Hartford. Senior point guard Nadirah McKenith dressed but did not play on Saturday due to back spasms.
Up next, St. John's will look to rebound from its road loss with a rematch against its 2012 Sweet 16 opponent, No. 4 Duke in the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Dec. 9. the Red Storm and Blue Devils will tip off at approximately 1 p.m., following the Rutgers vs. Louisiana Tech game at 11:30 a.m.