March 3, 2013
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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Junior Katie Zenevitch recorded 20 points and six rebounds to lead Boston College past Georgia Tech, 74-68, in front of 1,220 fans in Conte Forum on Sunday afternoon.
In its regular-season finale, the Eagles (11-18, 5-13 ACC) led by as many as 11 points in the second half and withstood a late rally from the Yellow Jackets (14-15, 7-11 ACC) behind clutch baskets from freshman Nicole Boudreau and junior Kristen Doherty inside of the last 90 seconds.
Zenevitch scored at least 20 points in a game for the fifth time this season on 8-of-14 shooting while Doherty totaled 13 points, six assists, and five rebounds. Boudreau scored 16 points, shooting 6 of 9 from the field and 4 of 6 from beyond the arc, and senior Kerri Shields tallied 10 points and six rebounds on Senior Day.
Neither team held a lead larger than four points over the first seven-plus minutes of the second half until the Eagles used an 11-4 run to stake a 49-43 edge with 12:07 to play. Still leading 53-49, BC went on a 10-3 streak to push its lead to 60-49 with 7:06 left. During the run, Shields and Boudreau each connected on 3-pointers.
BC still held an 11-point lead, 67-56, with just over four minutes to play when the Yellow Jackets scored nine straight points to pull within 67-65 with 1:42 remaining. Boudreau answered with a 3-pointer to give BC a 70-65 edge.
After two free throws from Georgia Tech, Doherty knocked down a jumper with 17.8 seconds on the clock to give the Eagles a 72-67 lead. Shields hit two free throws to seal the win.
The Eagles scored the game's first nine points and jumped out to a 12-2 lead just under four minutes into the contest. Zenevitch scored the run's first seven points on a pair of layups and a 3-pointer, and Doherty capped the stretch with a triple.
BC maintained an 18-9 edge with 12:49 left in the half before Georgia Tech went on a 16-3 run over a 4:27 span to take a 25-21 lead with just under seven minutes left in the opening period. A 3-pointer from Boudreau accounted for BC's only points during that stretch.
The hosts retook a 30-27 lead with 3:32 remaining in the half behind a 9-2 spurt. During the streak, Shields hit a 3-pointer and Zenevitch scored four points. Another triple from Boudreau gave BC a 33-31 lead, and the Eagles brought a 36-35 advantage into the locker room.
Prior to the game, senior guard Kerri Shields and four-year student manager Lauren Tebsherany were honored for their contributions to the women's basketball program ... BC improved to 5-6 all-time against Georgia Tech ... Kristen Doherty, Shields, Katie Zenevitch, and Nicole Boudreau scored in double figures for the 21st, 20th, 19th, and 19th times respectively this season ... Nicole Boudreau hit four three-pointers for the sixth time this season. The last time she had four three's in a game was against Miami on Feb. 7 ... Senior Kerri Shields hit two more three's and now has 244 career three's. She also has hit 72 this season, the second most by a senior in BC's program ... Kristen Doherty is just 25 rebounds from 500 career boards, while Katie Zenevitch needs just 15 rebounds ... Boston College will now play in the first round of the ACC Tournament on Thursday, March 7 at 8 p.m. against Virginia. The winner of the first round game will play North Carolina on Friday night.