Senior Lauren Buschmann scored a game-high 17 points and added seven rebounds, but the Vermont Catamounts fell to Boston University, 56-47, in America East women's basketball action at Patrick Gymnasium on Wednesday. Boston U improves to 21-4 overall and 11-1 in America East, while Vermont falls to 7-17 on the year and 4-7 in league play.
The game marked the final meeting between the two schools as America East opponents. Prior to the start of the academic year the Terriers announced they will be moving to the Patriot League.
Buschmann went 11-for-14 from the foul line to lead the Catamounts. Tierra Shumpert added 12 points and Gracia Huston came off the bench to grab a career-high nine rebounds.
Mo Moran led the Terriers with 12 points and five assists, while Whitney Turner and Danielle Callahan each chipped in 10 points. Rashidat Agboola collected a game-high 10 rebounds for Boston U.
"Disappointed in the loss, but also pleased with the effort we made trying to come back. We were down 22 at one point and made it a ball game and really battled back. Lauren Buschmann was outstanding, Tierra Shumpert had a really nice game and Gracia Hutson came off the bench and had a nice defensive effort and got key rebounds," said Vermont head coach Lori Gear McBride.
"Our lack of quit is what I was really proud of and that is something we are going to need to continue to do for the rest of the season. BU is a great team, they are very hard to stop, but for the most part, other than a couple mental lapses and some shots not going in, our game plan was spot on," continued Gear McBride.
A basket by Tierra Shumpert at the 12:34 mark gave Vermont a 12-10 lead, but the Terriers answered with a 23-3 run to close out the rest of the half and took a 33-15 advantage into the locker room.
The Catamounts struggled from the field in the first stanza, shooting 24 percent, but bounced back to shoot 31 percent in the second half and out scored Boston U 32-23 in the final 20 minutes.
The Terriers held a 22-point lead in the opening minutes of the second stanza, but Vermont was able to close within 10 at the 4:17 mark after a 10-0 spurt. The Catamounts remained in striking distance over the final four minutes but could only climb back within nine before time expired.
Vermont returns to action on Saturday (Feb. 16) when it hosts Stony Brook at 2 p.m. at Patrick Gymnasium. The game is the annual "Pack The House Challenge" where UVM competes against the other America East schools to draw the largest attendance.
Courtesy: Vermont Athletics
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