Feb. 24, 2013
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Despite 14 points and six rebounds from senior Kerri Shields, Boston College lost to Clemson, 64-61, in front of 1045 fans at Conte Forum. BC is now 10-17 and 4-12 in the ACC, while Clemson is now 9-18 and 5-11 in the conference.
Shields not only led BC in scoring but hit 4-for-8 from the arc, giving her 240 career three's, a new record in women's basketball history. Along with Shields, Kristen Doherty added 14 points and four rebounds while Nicole Boudreau had 10 points.
BC shot just 40 percent from the floor for the game and had 21 turnovers. Clemson, which shot 57.1 percent from the floor in the first half, finished shooting 49.1 percent from the field and 80 percent from the three-point line.
The Eagles had cut Clemson's 13-point lead to one-point with 2:14 to play. In the run, Doherty had four points and two assists, while Shields and Boudreau would hit two three's apiece.
With 1:46 to play and BC down one, Boudreau's three-pointer went the back of the rim. Shields grabbed the board and found Doherty who hit a layup to give BC a 61-60 lead with 1:36 left.
The Tigers pulled ahead by one on a jumper by Natiece Ford at 1:12. On BC's next possession, the Eagles turned the ball over on a pass off the pick-and-roll. With 25 seconds left, Alexa Coulombe stole the ball and BC had a chance to win. A steal by Aisha Turner with 15 seconds to play gave The Tigers a 64-61 lead.
BC called a timeout and set up a three-pointer for Boudreau but it bounced off the back of the rim with three seconds to play.
Doherty was called for two quick fouls in the first half and the Eagles struggled to recover offensively. Shields kept the Eagles in the half as she hit two three's and finished with eight points in the half.
Clemson built a 10 point lead in the middle of the half behind the play of Quintana Pettaway's nine points and eight from Alison Turner. BC cut the lead to two with 3:43 to play behind two three's from Shields and Tiffany Ruffin followed by two points apiece from Zenevitch and Shayra Brown.
Brown tied the game at 25-25 with two foul shots with 3:37 left in the half. Brown gave BC a 27-25 lead on a layup but Clemson made a 5-0 run in the final two minutes to go up 37-29 at the half.
BC shot just 35.7 in the first half and had 10 turnovers. Clemson shot a sizzling 57 percent from the floor, including 4-for-5 from the three-point line.
BC will play at North Carolina on Thursday, Feb. 28. UNC defeated NC State, 68-58, this afternoon ... Kerri Shields now has 68 three's this season, placing her third on the list for most three's by a senior. She is tied with Ann Odoy '88 and two away from tying Mickel Picco's senior season of 70 three's. The all-time leader is Cal Bouchard'00 with 96 ... This was the 20th game of scoring in double-figures this season ... Shayra Brown had eight points and four rebounds off the bench for the Eagles.