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Cooper, Hughes Leads Women's Basketball Past UVA, 69-65

Feb. 6, 2014

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Junior forward Kat Cooper may not have been the leading scorer but she made two plays in the final two minutes of the game to help Boston College pull out a, 69-65, victory over Virginia in front of 532 fans at Conte Forum on Thursday night. The Eagles improved to 12-12 overall and 3-7 in the ACC, while Virginia is now 12-11 and 5-5 in the conference.

Cooper, a native of Seattle, blocked a shot with 1:15 to play to help BC hold onto a, 65-59, lead. After a three-pointer by Virginia's Ataira Franklin (15 points, seven rebounds) with 24 seconds to play, Cooper came up with an offensive rebound off a missed foul shot with 15 seconds to play and BC up, 65-62. She finished the game with 12 points, four rebounds and a blocked shot.

BC was led by Kelly Hughes with 23 points, three rebounds and three steals, while Nicole Boudreau added 13 points, three rebounds and five assists. Katie Zenevitch finished with seven points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Down 15 with 11:05 to play, the Eagles put together a, 19-2, run behind seven points from Hughes and six points from Karima Gabriel (14 minutes, six points, five rebounds).

Sydney Umeri ended the Virginia drought with a layup, but Hughes responded with a layup to the hoop. BC forced two straight turnovers, and after a steal by Zenevitch, Hughes hit another three off a pass from Boudreau for a, 62-57, lead with two minutes to play.

After two foul shots by Boudreau with 1:27 to play, Virginia came down and Sarah Imovbioh (10 points) had a layup on the baseline. Cooper stepped up with the play of the game with 1:16 to play and blocked Imovbioh's shot. Cooper pulled down a huge rebound and was fouled with 15 seconds to play, giving BC a four point lead with 14 to play.

The difference in the second half for the Eagles was they committee only four turnovers, one in the final 11 minutes of play. BC shot 5-for-11 from the three-point arc in the second half and shot 46.9 percent from the field in the game. UVA shot 50 percent from the floor in the game and 46 percent from the three-point line. Virginia had six turnovers in the final 5:22 of the game.

In the first half, Boston College shot 45.5 percent from the floor but turned the ball over 12 times in the half. Hughes had eight first half points, while Cooper and Boudreau added five, but BC was down, 34-25, at the half. Virginia shot 53.8 percent and had 20 points in the paint to BC's six.

BC will travel to Tallahassee to play Florida State on Sunday at 1 p.m. The game will be televised on your regional sports channel (NESN) ... This was the first comeback victory for the Eagles since the Miami victory on Jan. 16 ... The Eagles shot 10-for-23 from the three-point arc, the most made three's since the NC State game on Jan. 23 ... BC also won the battle of the boards, 30-28. It marked the third straight game the Eagles have out-rebounded their opponent ... Kelly Hughes earned her second career start and matched her career-high of 23 points ... It marked the second game in which she hit five three's, the first was against Iowa on Nov. 29 ... 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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