BOSTON – Crystal Leary’s 11 second-half points helped the No.14/22 West Virginia women’s basketball team come back from a halftime deficit to defeat Boston University, 60-57, Monday at Case Gym.
The Mountaineers (2-0) faced adversity as they trailed 33-28 into halftime, with the Terriers (1-1) stretching the lead out to eight at 45-37 with 12:32 remaining. A 9-0 WVU run with seven-straight points from Leary, capped by a Bria Holmes free throw, tied the game at 45-45 with 10:33 left. The Mountaineers continued with a 12-5 run to stretch the lead to seven, but the Terriers responded with a 7-0 run of their own, tying the game at 57-57 with only 29 seconds remaining.
Senior Ayana Dunning went up for a layup and was fouled. Sent to the line, Dunning converted 1-of-2 for the lead. Averee Fields rebounded the second shot to give Dunning possession again. Fouled with two seconds remaining, Dunning made both shots from the charity stripe to give the Mountaineers their second consecutive win.
The Mountaineers came out shooting cold with a 27.8 field goal percentage (10-36) in the first half, while Boston University came out shooting 55.6 percent (10-18). The teams traded percentages in the second half, as BU shot 27.6 percent (8-29), to WVU’s 50 percent (10-20).
Dunning led the Mountaineers with her second-consecutive double-double this season with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Dunning also put up four blocks and grabbed a steal. Averee Fields chipped in 11 points, including 5-of-7 from the free throw line. WVU’s aggressive play showed in 13 team steals.
WVU shot 70.8 percent (17-24) from the free throw line and Boston converted 13-of-21 (61.0%) from the line. BU took advantage on the boards, out-rebounding WVU 40-32.
Boston University was led by Chantell Alford with a game-leading 30 points on 6-of-11 shooting from beyond the arc and 6-of-8 shooting from the free throw line. Mo Moran helped with 12 points and five assists.
The Mountaineers return home for a 1 p.m. matchup with USC Upstate, on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the WVU Coliseum.