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Women's Basketball Loses to No. 16/18 North Carolina, 80-52

Nicole Boudreau led BC with 16 points.

Nicole Boudreau led BC with 16 points.

Feb. 7, 2013

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Freshman Nicole Boudreau led all scorers with 16 points as Boston College lost to No. 16/18 North Carolina, 80-52, in Conte Forum on Thursday night.

Boudreau scored 13 points in the second half for the Eagles (9-13, 3-8 ACC), and junior Kristen Doherty recorded 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists on the night. Classmate Katie Zenevitch posted seven points and six rebounds.

Xylina McDaniel led the Tar Heels (21-3, 9-2 ACC) with 15 points. Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored 14 points, Krista Gross netted 12, and Megan Buckland had 10.

UNC head coach Sylvia Hatchell earned her 900th career victory with the win.

The Eagles played evenly with the Tar Heels to open the game as UNC held a slight 10-9 lead just over seven minutes into the game. Zenevitch and Doherty scored all of BC's points during that opening stretch, tallying five and four points respectively.

North Carolina then went on an 18-4 run over an 8:15 span to gain a 28-13 edge with 4:18 left in the opening half. Doherty stemmed the run with a layup and later connected on a 3-pointer to cut UNC's lead to 32-18 with just over a minute left in the half. The Tar Heels took a 35-19 advantage into halftime.

BC and UNC scored six points apiece over the first two-plus minutes of the second half as the Tar Heels maintained a 41-25 edge. A 3-pointer from Boudreau made the score 45-28, but North Carolina then went on a 12-2 run to take a 57-30 lead with 13:29 left.

Another 3-pointer from Boudreau started a mini 6-2 BC run that brought the Eagles within 66-38 at the 8:39 mark. UNC built a lead as large as 33 points, but Boston College later used a 7-2 spurt to cut UNC's margin to 77-49 with 3:38 on the clock. Boudreau hit one last 3-pointer inside of the final minute for the final margin.

Boston College next plays at Wake Forest on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Game Notes:
BC fell to 1-7 all-time against UNC ... Kristen Doherty and Nicole Boudreau scored in double figures for the 17th and 16th times respectively on the season.

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