Women's Basketball Falls to NC State, 80-57
Jan. 12, 2012
Raleigh – Sophomore forward Kristen Doherty led the Boston College women’s basketball team with 17 points, five rebounds and four assists in Thursday night’s 80-57 loss to NC State in Reynolds Coliseum.
The Eagles fell to 5-11, 0-3 ACC as the Wolf Pack used early runs to open each half and improve to 11-6 (1-3 ACC). Bonae Holston’s double-double, 19 points, 15 rebounds, and Marissa Kastanek’s 21 points led all players.
BC found itself down early when the Wolf Pack opened on a 12-point run behind three short-range jumpers from Holston, a three and a trio of free throws.
A pair of turnovers enabled BC to get on the board, as Doherty hit a mid-range jumper and sank two free-throws after drawing a foul from swiping an ambitious pass at center court. The Eagles penetrated the Wolf Pack defense to add to their tally, but four baskets from behind the arch helped NC State stretch their lead to 28-13.
BC then rallied behind three buckets from Doherty to score nine straight points and close the gap to four, 28-24. Boston College had prevented NC State from scoring for nearly four and a half minutes, before Holston broke through with a layup and another driving score stretched the gap back to eight, 32-24.
The Eagles kept pace as the half wound down. A jumper from Doherty was surrounded by a pair of easy lay-ins as the forward and sophomore guard Shayra Brown found freshman forward Deidra Smith underneath the basket to go into halftime down, 38-30.
Junior guard Kerri Shields and Doherty accounted for the Eagles’ first 13 points coming out of the intermission. Both drained threes in the opening minutes, but the Wolf Pack opened their lead to 16, 54-38, before Shields swished shots at the top of the key and in the corner on back-to-back possession to breath live into the offense.
Defensive play and rebounding controlled the tempo for the following minutes, with Boston College falling behind 64-44. Although sophomore Tessah Holt and Kat Cooper combined for 12 more points late in the half, the lead was insurmountable.
The Eagles will resume ACC play when they host Georgia Tech on Sunday, Jan. 15 at 1p.m.