Heading into Thursday night’s game, the BU women’s basketball team had one loss in America East Conference play. It just so happened that the Terriers were facing the team that handed them that loss, Albany.
For the first couple of minutes, it looked as if BU would exact revenge on the Great Danes, jumping to an 8-0 lead. But Albany had other plans as it scored the next 14 points and never looked back en route to a 79-72 victory at SEFCU Arena in Albany, N.Y.
Albany also beat BU, 57-50, on Jan. 23 at Case Gym.
Ebone Henry led the offensive onslaught for the Great Danes (22-3, 13-0), scoring 23 points and dishing out six assists.
Chantell Alford led the Terriers (22-5, 12-2) with 25 points and six assists, and Rashidat Agboola added 19 points and six rebounds.
BU needs to win its final two games and have Albany lose its final three games to clinch the America East regular-season title.
Maryland 86, BC 61 —
Tianna Hawkins scored 15 points for Maryland (22-4, 13-2 ACC), and with her four rebounds became the third player in program history to grab 1,000.
Kerri Shields scored 7 points for the Eagles (10-16, 4-11) to become the 22d player in school history to reach 1,000.
Northeastern 65, Georgia State 50 — Jewel Tunstall and Kashaia Cannon each netted 18 points as the Huskies cruised past the Panthers (12-13, 4-10 Colonial Athletic) at Solomon Court in Boston.
Northeastern (14-10, 7-6) outscored Georgia State, 38-26, in the second half to put the game out of reach. The Huskies shot 50 percent (15 of 30) in the second half.
Fordham 51, Rhode Island 42 — In Kingston, R.I., Erin Rooney’s 18 points powered Fordham (19-7, 9-2) past URI (6-20, 1-10) in an Atlantic 10 contest.
Duke 88, Virginia Tech 56 — Seth Curry scored 19 of his 22 points in the first half as the No. 6 Blue Devils (23-3, 10-3 ACC) opened a 20-point lead and sent the host Hokies to their ninth consecutive loss.
Erick Green, the nation’s leading scorer with a 25.3 average coming in, led Virginia Tech (11-15, 2-11) with 22 points.
California 48, Oregon 46 — Justin Cobbs (14 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists) nailed a jumper with 0.7 seconds left to lift the visiting Bears (17-9, 9-5 Pac-12) past the No. 23 Ducks (21-6, 10-4).
UConn 73, Cincinnati 66 — Shabazz Napier scored 11 of his 27 points in overtime as the Huskies beat the visiting Bearcats (19-8, 7-7).
DeAndre Daniels added 17 points and tied a career high with four blocks for Connecticut (18-7, 8-5 Big East).
Bryant 88, Central Conn. 67 — Dyami Starks scored 26 points on 9-of-17 shooting to lead the Bulldogs over the Blue Devils in Smithfield, R.I.
Alex Francis had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Bryant (17-8, 10-4 Northeast).
Kyle Vinales had 18 points for Central Connecticut (10-15, 6-8), which has lost four straight.
Quinnipiac 81, Sacred Heart 74 — Ousmane Drame came off the bench to score 13 points, collect 8 rebounds, and block 2 shots as the Bobcats (13-13, 9-5 Northeast) prevailed over the host Pioneers.
Shane Gibson poured in 36 points on 13-of-27 shooting to lead Sacred Heart (9-16, 7-7).