March 6, 2014
Army 49, Boston University 45
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Sophomore Kelsey Minato hit four free-throws in the final 28 seconds to give the second-seeded Army women's basketball team a 49-45 victory over No. 7 Boston University in a Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinal contest on Thursday evening at Christl Arena.
The Black Knights, who reached their second-highest Division I win total for a season, improve to 23-7 on the year and advance to face No. 3 American in the semifinals on Monday, March 10, while the Terriers fall to 13-20. The win was Army's first in the postseason since March 7, 2009.
Minato led all scorers with 26 points on 7-of-13 shooting and 10-of-10 free-throw shooting, while grabbing five rebounds for Army. Senior Jen Hazlett posted her sixth double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds, while sophomore Jean Parker added five points off the bench.
Boston University junior Mollie McKendrick reached a double-double after scoring 17 points and collecting 10 rebounds, while senior Rashidat Agboola registered eight points and six boards. Sophomore Clodaugh Scannell finished with seven points and nine rebounds.
Just as it had in the first match-up on Jan. 29, Boston University opened up an early lead, taking an 11-2 advantage after 7:56 of action. Army responded with a 13-4 run, that included seven from Minato, during a span of 6:33 to knot the contest at 15 apiece. The Terriers scored the next three points before Hazlett's lay-in with 1:44 remaining in the period capped a 4-0 run to give the Black Knights a 19-18 lead, their first of the game.
McKendrick's jumper 17 ticks later put the visitors back up by one, but junior Krishawn Tillett netted the final four points of the half for Army to send the hosts into the break with a 23-20 advantage.
Boston University used a 7-3 run coming out of the second half to go up 27-26 with 4:53 elapsed before the hosts took off on a 7-0 run during the ensuing 2:08 to grab a 33-27 lead. Following a missed three-pointer at the 12:16 mark of the second stanza, the Black Knights rattled off four-consecutive offensive rebounds that took 49 seconds off the clock, but were unable to show anything after extending the possession.
Scannell buried a triple with 10:48 left to cut Army's lead to three on the next Terrier possession, but Minato knocked in a pair of free-throws 30 seconds later to extend the margin to five. Scannell hit a second three at the 5:49 mark before McKendrick finished off an 11-6 Boston University run by converting a trey that knotted the game at 45-45 with 1:30 to play.
After both teams missed shots on their ensuing possessions, Minato drew a foul with 28 ticks left and drained both foul shots to give Army a two-point cushion. On the visitors' next possession, Minato stole a lob pass before quickly drawing another foul and knocking in both of her free-throws with just six seconds left to ice the game.
The Black Knights will return to Christl Arena on Monday, March 10 to host third-seeded American at 7 p.m. in a Patriot League Semifinal match-up.
NOTES: Army improves to 14-22 all-time in the Patriot League Tournament ... the victory was the Black Knights' first in the postseason since March 7, 2009 ... Army moves to 3-3 all-time against Boston University after topping the Terriers three times this year ... Kelsey Minato scored 26 points to reach double figures for the 46th game in a row ... Jen Hazlett finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds to record her sixth double-double of the season, and second against Boston University ... the Black Knights advance to their first conference semifinal since 2009.