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Women's Basketball Beats Virginia, 61-49

Kerri Shields hit seven three's in the 61-49 victory over Virginia.

Kerri Shields hit seven three's in the 61-49 victory over Virginia.

Feb. 14, 2013

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Senior Kerri Shields set season highs with 21 points and seven 3-pointers made to lead Boston College past Virginia, 61-49, in Conte Forum on Thursday night.

Shields connected on 7-of-12 from beyond the arc for the Eagles (10-14, 4-9 ACC) falling one 3-pointer shy of tying her career high while the Cavaliers (15-9, 7-6 ACC) shot just 1-of-15 from 3-point distance.

Junior Kristen Doherty recorded her third double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds while classmate Tessah Holt contributed 13 points and five assists with no turnovers. Fellow junior Katie Zenevitch scored 12 points - eight of which came at the beginning of a decisive 21-5 BC run late in the second half.

A 3-pointer from Shields early in the second half gave BC a 38-31 lead before the Cavaliers used an 11-2 run to take a 42-40 lead with 12:51 left to play.

Zenevitch then scored eight straight points to give the Eagles a 48-42 lead with just over eight minutes left. That streak triggered BC's 21-5 run that saw the Eagles grab a 61-47 lead with 3:29 remaining. During the extended run, Shields knocked down another 3-pointer, Zenevitch made another basket, Holt scored five points, and Nicole Boudreau made a three.

In the first half with the scored tied, 9-9, just over seven minutes into the game, Virginia went on a 9-2 run to gain an 18-11 lead with just over eight minutes left in the half.

The Eagles then responded with a 16-2 run to take a 27-20 edge with 3:53 left in the opening half. During the streak, Shields connected on a pair of 3-pointers while Doherty and Holt each scored four points. Inside of the last two minutes, Shields knocked down two more 3-pointers to help give BC a 33-31 lead at the half.

In the opening period, Shields netted 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting from behind the arc, and Doherty recorded 10 points including a 6-for-6 effort from the free throw line to go with five rebounds.

Boston College returns to action at Miami on Sunday at 2:05 p.m. (ESPN3).

Game Notes:
Kerri Shields made seven or more 3-pointers in a game for the fourth time in her career ... she set a career high with eight 3-pointers made against St. Joseph's on March 18, 2011 in the WNIT ... Shields eclipsed the 20-point mark for second time this season ... Kristen Doherty, Katie Zenevitch, and Tessah Holt scored in double figures for the 18th, 15th, and sixth times respectively this season ... BC improved to 3-11 all-time against Virginia.

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