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Women's Basketball Falls to BU, 52-46, in Season Opener




Nov. 9, 2012

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BOSTON - Katie Zenevitch hauled in a career-high 15 rebounds to go with nine points, but Boston College fell to Boston University, 52-46, in Case Gymnasium on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.

In BC head coach Erik Johnson's first game at the helm of the program, Kerri Shields led the Eagles with 11 points while Tessah Holt and Kristen Doherty each had nine points apiece.

"I was really proud of our defensive effort. I thought our kids followed the game plan really, really well, and we were able to hold a really good offensive team to a low percentage and a low point total," Johnson said. "Unfortunately on the offensive end, from a coaching standpoint, I don't think I put our players in a good enough position to win. I have to do a better job of helping them see the opportunities and helping them to make adjustments."

BU (1-0) outshot BC (0-1) from the field 36.7 percent to 31.3 percent, and the Eagles turned the ball over 20 times to just 10 turnovers for the Terriers.

"Effort, hustle, toughness - all those things I thought were excellent. I was really proud of how hard they played," Johnson said. "Unfortunately, on offense, sometimes you've got to slow down to know where those opportunities are, and that's the place where clearly we stalled."

Two-time America East Player of the Year Chantell Alford led all players with 17 points in the win for BU.

The first half got off to a slow start with the two teams knotted at 7-7 at the second media timeout at 11:47.

Both teams started to shake off their season-opening jitters as play continued as Nicole Boudreau knocked down a three with 8:38 left to give BC a 10-9 lead. The three pointer sparked an 8-2 BC run during which Shayra Brown scored on a driving layup, and Holt hit a three to give BC a 15-11 lead at 7:03.

Boudreau connected on her second three of the game at 5:25 to make it 18-12 before the Terriers used a 7-0 run - capped by a Mo Moran old-fashioned three-point play - that put BU up at 19-18 at 58.3. Shields then converted on two free throws with 42 seconds to play to give BC a 20-19 halftime lead.

After Rashidat Agboola scored the opening basket of the second half to give BU a 21-20 edge, the Eagles rattled off 12 of the next 14 points to give BC a 32-23 lead.

The Terriers responded with a 13-0 run that gave BU a 36-32 advantage. Two free throws from Holt at 9:47 finally stopped the run to cut BU's lead to 36-34. BU then used a 12-4 run to take a 48-38 lead at the 3:25 mark.

"BU made some intelligent adjustments. They've got good coaches," Johnson said. "We weren't able to then counter from an offensive standpoint, and our offense really stalled."

The Eagles pulled within four points late at 50-46 on a Doherty basket with 9.7 seconds to play, but two free throws from Agboola sealed the win for the Terriers.

Boston College returns to action when the Eagles travel to Worcester, Mass., to take on Holy Cross on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7:00 p.m.

Game Notes:
Katie Zenevitch recorded 10 or more rebounds in a game for the eighth time in her career ... Kerri Shields scored 10 or more points for the 26th time in her career ... BU now leads the all-time series between the two teams 10-9.

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