March 20, 2005
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By AARON BEARD
AP Sports Writer
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Clare Droesch scored a season-high 23 points to
lift Boston College past Houston 65-43 in the first round of the NCAA
Brooke Queenan added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Eagles (20-9), seeded
seventh in the Chattanooga Regional. Boston College won its first-round game
for the fifth time in six tries, advancing to face No. 2 seed Duke on Tuesday.
Sancho Lyttle finished with 12 points to lead the 10th-seeded Cougars
Boston College shot 54 percent in the first half and shut down Lyttle, who
came in averaging 19 points and a national-best 12 rebounds a game. Houston
shot just 7-for-26 in the opening half, falling behind 34-17 at the break and
never made a serious push after that.
Houston shot just 21 percent for the game.
Boston College improved to 5-5 without Jessalyn Deveny, the team's leading
scorer who sustained a season-ending ruptured right Achilles' tendon last
month. The Eagles were ranked 16th before losing Deveny's 17 points a game, but
have had strong performances from several players to get back to the NCAA
tournament for the fourth straight year.
Droesch, who came in averaging 9.1 points a game, provided the latest boost.
She went 7-for-12 from the field and hit three 3-pointers to go with eight
She has scored in double figures in five of the last eight games after doing
so just seven times in the first 19 games - including her previous season-best
of 18 points in the opener against Western Michigan.
Lyttle finished with a season-low three rebounds and shot 5-for-17 before
fouling out with her team trailing 48-33 with 8:25 left.
The win sets up a second-round matchup between future conference rivals. The
Eagles leave the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference after this season,
becoming the ACC's 12th member.