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Women's Basketball Falls to G-Tech, 68-58, Despite Exciting Comeback

Tessah Holt

Tessah Holt

Jan. 15, 2012

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Junior Kerri Shields led the Eagles with 15 points, as Boston College (5-12, 0-4) fell, 68-58, to Georgia Tech (13-5, 3-2) on Sunday afternoon.

Shields knocked down four three-pointer the outing. It was the fourth game this season in which Shields hit four three's in a game.

Redshirt sophomore Tessah Holt added to the offensive effort with 10 points in her first career start as an Eagle. Redshirt junior Alyssa Fressle and sophomore Katie Zenevitch posted seven points each. The Jackets Sasha Goodlett anchored her team in the victory with a career-high double-double, recording 26 points and 16 rebounds.

BC outshot its ACC opponent from the field, shooting 40.4 percent, compared to GT's 37.7 percent. However, Georgia Tech beat the Eagles down low, outrebounding BC, 40-28, and scoring 32 points from the paint, compared to Boston College's 24.

The Yellow Jackets won the tip and took an early 3-0 lead, before freshman Joy Caracciolo scored a bucket from the paint to give the Eagles their first points of the game. Shields followed with a fast break layup to give BC a 4-3 lead with 15:57 left in the first. Georgia Tech scored four consecutive points, but Shields hit a deep three to tie the game at seven apiece. Holt knocked down two consecutive jumpers from beyond the arc to help the Eagles pull away, 13-7, with just over 12 minutes left in the half.

The Jackets worked to close the deficit over the next five minutes, pulling within one on a layup by LaQuananisha Adams to make it 18-17 with just over seven minutes to play in the first. Goodlett finished the three-point play for the go-ahead points, giving Georgia Tech the lead, up 20-19 with 6:48 to go. GT outscored BC, 13-8, in the final minutes of the half to head to the locker room up, 33-27.

Georgia Tech gained momentum in the opening minutes of the second half, outscoring the Eagles, 10-4, and taking a double-digit lead, up 45-31, with just over 16 minutes remaining. The Eagles continued to fight, however, using a 26-16 run, capped off by two threes from Shields, to cut the deficit to just two, making it a 59-57 game with less than five to play. The teams traded points and despite the comeback, the Jackets were able to make it a two-possession game on a free-throw by Metra Walthour, making it 62-58 with a minute to play. Georgia Tech converted on its final foul shots to seal the 68-58 victory.

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