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Swords Lifts Women's Basketball Over Harvard, 80-78

Carolyn Swords scored the game-winner for the Eagles against Harvard.

Carolyn Swords scored the game-winner for the Eagles against Harvard.

Jan. 6, 2011

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Senior Carolyn Swords grabbed an offensive rebound and hit a lefty lay-up to give Boston College an 80-78 victory over cross-town rival Harvard on Thursday night in front of 824 fans at Conte Forum. Boston College improved to 13-2, while Harvard drooped to 6-6.

Swords, who finished with 28 points, nine boards and three blocks, snatched a Jaclyn Thoman miss and put it in the win the game with 1.2 seconds to play. Swords shot 12-for-17 from the floor and went 4-for-5 from the free throw line.

Senior Stefanie Murphy also had a big game as the forward from Londonderry, NH notched 24 points on 10-of-17 shooting and grabbed seven boards and had five assists. Freshman Kristen Doherty added 12 points and a career-high nine rebounds. Thoman finished with just four points but had eight assists and three steals.

Murphy's layup at 17:55 in the second half jump started 10-2 BC run. At 14:13 BC went up 55-44 on a layup by Swords. Harvard chipped away and cut the lead to tie the game at 69-69 with 4:17 to play on a traditional three-point play by Jackie Alemany.

The Crimson eventually took the lead, 77-75 on another traditional three-point play by Christine Clark at 2:23 to play. The Eagles went ahead with 48 seconds to play when Jaclyn Thoman hit two free throws after she was fouled going to the basket.

Alemany hit one of two foul shots with 28 seconds to play, 78-78.

The Eagles walked the ball up the court and began the last play with 14 seconds to play. Thoman was set up to drive to the basket. Her shot bounced off the rim and Swords was there to clean it up and hit the winning bucket with .02 to play.

BC was down 40-38 at the half as the Eagles shot just 38 percent from the floor. Harvard hit 4-of-7 from the three-point line and held a seven point lead with 3:24 to play in the half. Murphy found Kerri Shields open for a three-pointer and the Eagles chipped away at the Crimson lead. Murphy and Doherty combined for nine points in the final two keep the Eagles just two down at the half.

Boston College shot 43 percent from the floor and just 16 percent from the three-point line for the night. The Eagles did shoot 82 percent from the free throw line as both Swords and Murphy went 4-fof-5 and Doherty hit 5-of-6. Harvard shot 50 percent from both the floor and three-point line in the game.

The Crimson had five players in double-figures. Brogan Berry led Harvard with 17 points, while Victoria Lippert had 15 points.


• Freshman Shayra Brown earned her first career start and grabbed seven boards in the win.

• Boston College outrebounded 42-29. It was the 14th time BC won the battle of the boards.

• BC grabbed a season-high 21 offensive boards for the second straight game.

• Sophomore Kerri Shields has hit a three-pointer in seven straight games.

Carolyn Swords had three blocks in the game. All three came in the final 1:37 in the game.

• Boston College will open up ACC action on Sunday, January 9 at Conte Forum against No. 8 North Carolina. The Tar Heels lost to Georgia Tech, 71-70, in Atlanta, Georgia, tonight.

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