Women's Basketball Defeats Miami, 63-62
Jan. 16, 2014
Chestnut Hill, Mass. -
The Boston College women's basketball team earned a hard fought ACC victory over Miami, 63-62, on Thursday night at Conte Forum in front of 721 fans. The Eagles improved to 11-7 overall and 2-2 in the ACC, while Miami is now 10-7 and 2-2 in the conference.
This was the Eagles eighth consecutive home victory. It also ended a six game losing streak against Miami.
Senior Katie Zenevitch led BC with her fifth double-double of the season - 12 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Nicole Boudreau finished with 15 points, including 3-for-5 from long range. Junior Lauren Engeln added 10 points and five boards, while freshman Kelly Hughes added 10 points and three rebounds.
Miami was led by Maria Brown with 15 points and nine rebounds, while Keyona Hayes chipped in with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
The Eagles came out cold as Miami took an, 11-5, lead in the first five minutes. BC went 2-for-10 from the floor as Doherty and Zenevitch hit the only field goals. Miami went on an 8-0 run to go up 21-12. A three-pointer and a layup by BC's Kelly Hughes cut the Hurricanes lead to 21-17 with 7:20 to play.
BC slowly chipped away as a baseline layup by Engeln put the Eagles up one with 50 seconds left in the half. A jumper by Brown gave Miami the lead at the half, 28-27.
Boston College shot 36.7 percent from the floor in the half but lost the battle of the boards, 26-19. Miami hurt BC on the offense boards with 11 at the half. Zenevitch led the Eagles with six points and six boards, while Hughes had seven points.
The two teams opened up on fire as there were 11 lead changes in the first five minutes. BC held a, 40-39, lead at the first timeout. The two teams went scoreless for over two minutes before Hughes hit her second three of the game for a two-point BC lead. Miami tied the game at 43-43 on a jumper by Jessica Thomas.
With 10 minutes to play in the game, Boston College took the lead for good on a three-pointer by Boudreau - BC 49-46. The Hurricanes cut the lead to one point six times in the last 10 minutes of play. It came down to a key three-pointer by Boudreau with 1:30 left to play to give BC a, 63-57. Miami scored five straight points and it was 63-62. BC turned the ball over twice giving Miami two chances to pull out the win. The Hurricanes missed two layups with less than 10 seconds to play as the Eagles earned a conference win.
Boston College shot 39.3 percent from the floor on the night but 81.3 from the foul line. Miami shot 37.5 from the floor and just 68.8 from the free throw line. BC lost the battle of the boards, 40-37.
This was the first win for BC against Miami since the 2010 season. The Hurricanes had won the last six meetings prior to tonight's victory ... Six of the last nine games, BC has had four or more players score in double-figures and has won all six ... Boston College gave up 10 offensive rebounds in the first half. It was the third game this season in which BC gave up 10 or more offensive rebounds in a game ... The Eagles proceeded to hold the Hurricanes to just five offensive rebounds in the second half ... Katie Zenevitch notched her fifth double-double of the season and 13th in her career ... BC was 5-for-7 from the three-point line in the second half ... 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.).