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Jaclyn Thoman Leads Women's Basketball To Victory

Jaclyn Thoman had 15 first half points and finished with 23 as BC picked up a win over Yale in the first round of the WNIT Tournament.

Jaclyn Thoman had 15 first half points and finished with 23 as BC picked up a win over Yale in the first round of the WNIT Tournament.

March 17, 2011

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New Haven, Conn. - Seniors Jaclyn Thoman and Stefanie Murphy combined for 43 points as Boston College defeated Yale, 85-61, at the John J. Lee Amphitheater tonight in the first round of the WNIT Tournament. Boston College improves to 19-12 on the season, while Yale finishes the season at 14-15.

Boston College will play the winner of St. Joseph's on Saturday, March 19 at Conte Forum (1:30), after the men's NIT game vs. Northwestern (11 a.m.).

Thoman had 15 points in the first half and finished with 23 points. Murphy had 18 points and seven boards while freshman Korina Chapman added nine points off the bench. Senior Carolyn Swords finished with nine points and 11 rebounds, as she fouled out early in the second half.

Boston College took a 47-28 lead in the first half. The Eagles put together a 13-3 run to pull away from the Bulldogs midway through the half. BC out rebounded Yale, 21-6 and shot a sizzling 70 percent from the floor.

The half was not about the BC "Bigs". It was Thoman who had 15 first half points on 7-for-8 shooting from the floor. She also had three rebounds and a steal. Murphy, who was saddled with two fouls, had nine points and four boards.

The second half was more of the same as BC maintained the lead grew behind Murphy's hot shooting early. She gave BC a 25 point lead at 16:45 on a layup inside off a nice feed from Thoman. The closest Yale got in the second half was 18 points at 9:35 in the half on foul shots from Mady Gobrecht.

The lead grew to 77-51 when Thoman hit her second three-pointer of the game with 3:46 to play.

BC finished the game shooting 60 percent from the floor and grabbing 46 rebounds, 25 more than Yale.

GAME NOTES
• Senior Stefanie Murphy needed just eight points to move into the fourth spot on the all-time scoring list. Murphy had nine at the half. She passed Kerry Curran '94.

• This is the 17th time this season BC has scored 80 points or more.

• Junior walk on Marissa Mello entered the game with 2:21 to play.

• BC's bench outscored Yale, 19-8.

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