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Doherty Steals a 56-53 Win For WBB Against Clemson

Kristen Doherty

Kristen Doherty

Feb. 16, 2012

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Sophomore Kristen Doherty led the Eagles with 17 points, as Boston College (7-19, 2-11) made a late comeback to defeat Clemson (6-18, 2-11), 56-53, on Thursday evening at Conte Forum.

Doherty also added five steals and seven rebounds in the contest. After teammate Shayra Brown tied the game at 51 with just over a minute to play, Doherty came up with a big steal and a layup to put BC up 53-51 with 39 seconds to go. Junior Kerri Shields and redshirt sophomore Tessah Holt, who both finished the night with seven points, converted at the line to seal the 56-53 victory for BC.

In the first half, Clemson jumped out to an early 10-2 lead, before sophomore Tiffany Ruffin hit a bucket from the paint and Brown nailed a three to make it a one possession game. Doherty hit a deep three as the shot clock expired to make it a 14-10 Clemson advantage with 12:20 to go in the first. Ruffin cut the gap to two with a last second jumper from the lane and Holt gave the Eagles their first lead of the game with a jumper from beyond the arc to make it 15-14 with 7:45 to left in the half.

The Tigers quickly regained a three point buffer, but Doherty tied the game with another three for the Eagles to make it 18 a side with just over five minutes to go in the half. Ruffin and Doherty sunk back-to-back threes to give the Eagles a 24-20 lead with 1:27 left in the half, but the Tigers countered with consecutive threes of their own to take a slim, 26-24 lead into the locker rooms.

Coming out of the half, CU used a quick, 6-0 run to extend its lead to 32-24. Shields and Holt hit three-pointers to make it a four point game with less than 16 minutes to play. The teams scored 11 points apiece over the course of the next nine minutes, with Clemson leading 45-41 with seven minutes to go. The Eagles used a 10-6 run to tie the game 51 and earn the victory in the final minute of the game.

GAME NOTES

The Eagles wore pink Under Armour Play 4Kay shirts with Clare Droesch's No. 15 on the sleeve during warm ups. To donate go to www.graybeards.com/index/donations - add to card and click on Clare's photo ... This week the BC website started an online auction with three items ... All proceeds from this auction will go to Clare's medical expenses. To view this week's items go to - - http://bceagles.cstvauctions.com/ gallery.cfm ... This week's items include a hockey stick signed by the 2010 BC men's national championship hockey team, a signed Chicago Sky ball and photo signed by former BC alum Carolyn Swords and a rare Doug Flutie signed lithograph ... There are two Facebook pages dedicated to fundraising for Clare. The Boston page is run by BC alum Nicole Conway and you can find information at Clare's Boston Fundraiser. The one in New York is hosted by Clare's friends in Rockaway and it is - Friends of Crush Cancer Fund for Clare ... Prior to the game the women's basketball program honored the seniors - guard Marissa Mello, team managers Genevieve Dusing and Karissa Scano ... Marissa Mello earned her first career start tonight ... Kristen Doherty had five steals, a new season-high ... BC had 11 steals, the second most earned by the team this season. Twelve is the season high ... Sophomore Katie Zenevitch had five assists, a new career-high ... BC's bench had 21 points to Clemson's six. Shayra Brown had eight points,w hile Kerri Shields added seven ... BC will next play Georgia Tech on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m.

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