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Women's Basketball Falls, 38-35, to VA Tech

Joy Caracciolo

Joy Caracciolo

Jan. 5, 2012

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Freshman Joy Caracciolo scored a team-best eight points and posted six rebounds, as Boston College (5-9, 0-1 ACC) fell, 38-35, to Virginia Tech (6-9, 2-0 ACC) despite the Eagles mounting a late comeback.

Sophomores Shayra Brown and Tiffany Ruffin scored seven and six points, respectively, to add to the offensive effort. Sophomore Kristin Doherty led the Eagles on the boards with eight rebounds.

As a team, BC outrebounded VA Tech, 40-27. The Eagles' bench scored 13 of the teams 35 points in the outing.

The Hokies won the tip to start the game, but the Eagles struck first, as Doherty hit her second three of the year to put BC on the board. VA Tech responded with seven consecutive points to take an early lead. The teams traded baskets with Virginia Tech maintaining its four-point buffer, but the Hokies were able to extend their lead further with just under 12 minutes left in the half, going up 15-9 on a jumper by Monet Tellier.

Ruffin went 1-for-2 from the line and Brown hit a layup for BC, but the Hokies strung five points together to take a 22-12 lead with 5:22 to play in the half. With 3:10 left in the half, Ruffin broke BC's five-minute cold spell with a bucket from the paint to spark an 8-0 BC run, cutting the Eagles' deficit to just two points and making it a 22-20 game at the half.

Virginia Tech opened the second half with a 7-4 run to regain the momentum and take a 29-24 advantage. The teams traded a bucket apiece and both struggled to find the bottom of the hoop for over seven minutes, until BC freshman Deidra Smith ended the drought with a layup, making it a 31-28 game with 8:48 left to play. Caracciolo followed with a jumper, cutting the deficit to one, and when the Hokies' Tellier responded with a long three, Ruffin followed with a three-point jumper of her own to tie the game at 33 with 4:05 to go. Tied again at 35, VA Tech's Alyssa Fenyn hit the go-ahead three-point jumper with 40 seconds to play to secure the 38-35 victory for the Hokies.

Game Notes

The Eagles played without their leading scorer Katie Zenevitch in the second half. Zenevitch was elbowed in the head in the middle of the first half ... Kristen Doherty led BC in rebounds with eight ... BC won the battle of the boards, 40-27.

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