Jan. 2, 2012
Chestnut Hill, MA -
Sophomore Tiffany Ruffin scored six points down the stretch to lead Boston College past non-conference foe Central Connecticut 57-49 at Conte Forum on Monday night. Boston College is now 5-8, while CCSU is 6-6.
Ruffin scored all six of her points in the final five minutes. She also notched a season-high eight assists. BC was led by junior Kerri Shields with 16 points, including four three-pointers along with six rebounds. Katie Zenevitch had 14 points and six rebounds along with two blocks in the game.
BC began to heat up when Shields hit a three-pointer for a 35-34 with under 11 minutes to play. It slipped away on the next possession as Jessica Babe hit a reverse layup for CCSU. But Alyssa Fressle (seven points, five boards) hit two straight baskets which gave BC a three point lead with 7:59 to play.
Ruffin stepped up and hit a jumper at 5:50 giving BC a four point lead. Her two foul shots kept BC up by four with four minutes to play. Ruffin's sixth point, a jumper from the wing, extended the lead to seven points with 3:20 left in the game.
A key steal by Kristen Doherty (six points, four boards, three steals) and a long three-pointer by Shields with 1:37 to play sealed the win for the Eagles.
BC fell behind 28-21 at the half after being outscored 10-3 in the final 5:48 of the half. Shields hit a three-pointer with 37 second to play in the half to break the scoring drought. BC led lost the lead at 4:46 on a layup by Lauren Arbogast.
BC opened the first half shooting 50 percent from the floor and finished the half at 35 percent. Central Connecticut shot 39 percent and had seven offensive rebounds and 10 points off BC turnovers.
The Eagles finished the game with a 36-32 edge on the boards while shooting 36.7 percent from the floor. Both teams had 11 turnovers.
Boston College will open up ACC play on Thursday, Jan. 5 as the Eagles host Virginia Tech at 7 p.m.