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YEAR IN REVIEW Boston University Women's Basketball - 2019-20

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - YEAR IN REVIEW

No one could have predicted the outcome of the 2019-20 Boston University women’s basketball season. With five freshmen joining the squad, a brutal non-conference schedule on the calendar and high standards after a successful first year under Marisa Moseley, regression only seemed logical. Instead the Terriers blew past expectations. They battled through injuries, slumps and rookie mistakes, and turned a corner midway through conference play. With three freshmen in the starting lineup, BU won nine of its last 11 games, skyrocketing to second in the Patriot League standings and becoming a genuine title contender.

Then came COVID-19, grinding the world to a halt. Less than five hours before the semifinals, BU saw its playoff tournament cancelled. A resounding success story was frozen in its tracks. But a sour end to the season does not erase the growth and tenacity exhibited by the Terriers throughout the year. While spring 2020 will be remembered nationally for what could have been, the accomplishments of the Terriers should not be forgotten.

WTBU Sports has compiled the best from our coverage of BU basketball. We have collected all of our features, as well as our best game recaps and analysis. Additionally, we have included a link to every week of our Patriot League Power Rankings, a highlight video of one of our broadcasts, and a photo gallery with spectacular work by Hannah Yoshinaga, Perry Sosi and Brady Gardner.

Scroll to look back at a historic season:

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Nia Irving fought through injuries this season, and despite transitioning to the bench, finished her collegiate career with over 1,000 points. Ethan Fuller talked to Irving in October, and her comments foreshadow the “expect to win” attitude that propelled the team.

Junior floor general Katie Nelson missed only seventeen minutes all season while leading the Terriers. Nelson's steadying presence at the point, coupled with her vision and endurance, helped her land on the All-Patriot League Second Team.

Maggie Pina started her BU career quietly, but exploded into the starting lineup as a long range assassin. However, the 2020 Patriot League Rookie of the Year’s athletic talents extend beyond the basketball court.

Throughout conference play, Hannah Yoshinaga and Ethan Fuller kept track of the entire Patriot League through their Power Rankings. The Terriers steadily climbed the ranks, finishing second behind Bucknell. Check out the history of the men's and women's rankings below:

One of BU's most thrilling contests came in a late February standoff versus Lehigh. Listen to Ethan Fuller and Brady Gardner broadcast the game (ALL FOOTAGE VIA STADIUM. WTBU DOES NOT CLAIM NOR OWN ANY FOOTAGE).

THANK YOU

On behalf of all the writers, reporters, photographers and broadcasters at WTBU Sports, we thank you for following along with our coverage throughout the year. We also deeply appreciate the willingness of BU Athletics and BU women's basketball for giving us incredible access into their season.

Unfortunately, we will never know who would advance to the 2020 NCAA Tournament. But our last postgame conversation with Marisa Moseley gives some insight into how she dreams big. If this quote says anything, it's that the Terriers are targeting success well beyond the Patriot League.

"I've been there before and have been fortunate to be a part of [the NCAA Tournament] a lot of years and so for me, that's the ultimate goal. And I think if you talk in those terms and you set that from the beginning, your kids also follow you. If you're just saying, "Hey, I wanna be at the top of the Patriot League," you're not looking bigger. That's what goals really are: they're beyond where you think you can be right now. So that's what I've tried to set as the tone from when I got here."

We leave you with the best photos from the 2019-20 season, courtesy of Hannah Yoshinaga, Perry Sosi and Brady Gardner. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to reach out to us on Twitter (@wtbusports) or by email (wtbusports@gmail.com). Thank you again!

-Ethan Fuller, Co-Director and Basketball Editor

Photos by Hannah Yoshinaga, Perry Sosi and Brady Gardner.

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Photos by Hannah Yoshinaga, Brady Gardner and Perry Sosi.