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Women's Basketball Defeats Virginia Tech, 70-63

Kelly Hughes makes a key block in the Eagles win over Virginia Tech on Sunday afternoon.

Kelly Hughes makes a key block in the Eagles win over Virginia Tech on Sunday afternoon.

Jan. 5, 2014

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The Boston College women's basketball team earned its first ACC win and seventh victory in a row with a 70-63, victory over Virginia Tech in front of 645 fans at Conte Forum on Sunday afternoon.

BC was led by senior Kristen Doherty and Nicole Boudreau with 16 points apiece while Katie Zenevitch notched 13 points and nine rebounds. Freshman Kelly Hughes pitched in with 12 points, three rebounds and three assists.

Virginia Tech was led by Uju Ugoka with 23 points and eight rebounds while Monte Tellier chipped in with 17 points.

Boston College held a 32-25 lead in the first half behind 11 points from Doherty. The Eagles pulled away on a three-pointer from Boudreau with four minutes left in the half. The lead grew to seven points on a layup by Zenevitch and two free throws by Boudreau.

Tellier opened the second half with a three-pointer but BC responded with a corner three from Kat Cooper (8 points). The teams exchanged baskets until BC put together a 14-7 run midway through the half which opened up with an old fashioned three-point play by Victoria Lesko and closed on a three pointer from the corner from Boudreau. BC held a 13 point lead with 7:54 to play.

Two Eagles turnovers and six straight points by Virginia Tech resulted in a 30 second timeout by BC as the lead was just six points, 60-54. BC missed two layups and two more from Uju Ugoka cut the lead to four points with 3:58 to play.

Boudreau stopped the nine-point run by Virginia Tech with a three from the corner and Boston College was up, 63-56. Hughes would hit a baseline drive to give BC a 65-59 lead with 2:27 to play. After two straight baskets from Ugoka, BC missed a jumper in the lane and Hughes stepped up and blocked a shot by Samantha Hill. On the next BC possession, Hughes nailed a long three with 26 seconds to play to give BC a 68-63 lead.

The Eagles rookie then stole a pass at the top of the key and hit a layup with 15 seconds left to seal the victory for BC.

Boston College shot 53.6 percent from the floor and 7-for-14 from the three-point arc in the second half. The Eagles shot 46.4 percent from the floor for the game, while Virginia Tech shot 46.6 percent. BC had a season-low seven turnovers and had 18 assists.

BC will hit the road for two ACC games. The Eagles will play at No. 2/2 Notre Dame on Thursday, Jan. 9, followed by a game at No. 3/3 Duke on Sunday, Jan. 12 ... It marked the fifth consecutive game in which the team had 18-or-more assists ... BC is now 10-5 on the season. In the 2012-13 season, the Eagles did not win its 10th game until Feb. 14 ... Senior Katie Zenevitch is just four points away from notching her 1,000 career point ... BC hit 10 three-pointers in the win over Virginia Tech. It is the fifth game this season in which the Eagles hit 10 or more three's ... Nicole Boudreau had four three's, including three in the second half. It is the seventh game this season in which the junior guard has hit three-or-more three's in a game ... Remember to continue to follow the Eagles on Twitter/@bc_wbb or Coach Erik Johnson at - @BC_CoachJohnson ... Fans interested in obtaining a 2013-14 Women's Basketball Media Guide can purchase one in the BC Communications Office for $10 during office house (9-5 p.m.).

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