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Women's Basketball Upsets 6th-seed Virginia, 66-57

Tessah Holt hustling for a loose ball in the win over UVA on Thursday night.

Tessah Holt hustling for a loose ball in the win over UVA on Thursday night.

March 8, 2013

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Senior Kerri Shields scored 16 points and grabbed seven boards to lead 11th seeded Boston College past sixth-seeded Virginia, 66-57, on Thursday night at Greensboro Coliseum in the first round of the ACC Tournament. It was the first time since 2010 that BC won a first round game.

Along with Shields' 16 points, junior Kristen Doherty finished with 15 points, six rebounds and four assists, while Katie Zenevitch added 12 points and six rebounds. Junior Tessah Holt also notched double-figures with 11 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Shields stopped a 17-5 run by UVA by hitting a two straight jumpers to give the Eagles a 46-45 lead with 7:11 to play in the game. She followed it with a long three with 6:39 to play to push the Eagles lead to four points.

UVA cut the Eagles lead two points with 1:26 to play on a three-point play by Ataira Franklin. After a BC turnover, UVA had a chance to tie the game but Tessah Holt stole the ball going into the post and scored a layup for a 61-57 lead. Holt missed the foul shot but Doherty grabbed the miss and Holt was sent to the line again and hit two freebies to seal the win.

In the first half, Boston College shot 46.7 percent and held a 32-22 lead behind 10 points from Doherty. Freshman Alexa Coulombe added four points and four rebounds in the half. The Eagles pulled away in the final two minutes behind a three from Shields and a jumper and three-pointer from Doherty.

GAME NOTES:
The last time BC won a first round ACC game was in 2010 ... This was the third meeting between BC and Virginia in the ACC tourney. This is the first time BC earned a win ... Kerri Shields hit four three's, to increase her all-time record to 247 career long range shots ... This was the seventh game this season in which Kerri Shields hit four three's ... Kristen Doherty notched double-figures in the 22nd game ... Boston College will play North Carolina on Friday night. This will be the third meeting between the two teams. UNC won both games during the regular season.

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