W. Basketball Defeats Fairleigh Dickinson, 68-57
Nov. 11, 2011
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Sophomore Shayra Brown posted a career-high 19 points and notched a career-high-tying seven rebounds, as Boston College (1-0) downed Fairleigh Dickinson (0-1), 68-57, on Friday afternoon at the Eagles' Conte Forum in the season opener for both squads.
Brown set a new career mark with six field goals and tied a personal best with one three-pointer. Sophomores Tiffany Ruffin and Korina Chapman added to the BC offensive effort with 10 and nine points, respectively. Ruffin's five field goals and 10 points today are new career bests for the guard.
The Eagles played an aggressive game, outrebounding FDU, 50-38. BC was strong off the bench in the outing, as 33 of the team's points were scored by substitutes.
The Boston College offense was strong from the start, using a 6-0 run in the opening 40 seconds of the game to take an early lead. BC scored a total of nine unanswered points in the first three and a half minutes of the game before Fairleigh-Dickinson was able to get on the board with a three-point jumper from Danielle Pankey.
The Knights went to work over the next four minutes, able to pull within two of the Eagles, but sophomore Katie Zenevitch hit a jumper to make it a 15-11 game with just over 12 minutes left in the half. Chapman followed, knocking down a three-pointer to extend the Eagles lead to six for the second time in the game, 18-11. FDU scored a quick five points to pull within two once again, but freshman Kat Cooper went 2-for-2 at the line to give the Eagles a four point buffer with a score of 20-16.
The teams traded baskets throughout the remaining eight minutes of the first half, but BC continued to control the pace of play. The Eagles made use of multiple FDU fouls to outshoot the Knights, 13-12, and head to the locker room up, 33-28.
The Eagles remained aggressive coming out of halftime. With 17 minutes to play, Brown sunk a jumper from beyond the arc to put BC on top, 38-31. After FDU's Mariyah Laury went 3-for-3 from the line, BC responded with a 7-2 run to make it a 45-36 game.
Redshirt-junior Alyssa Fressle connected on a three-pointer with just over eight and a half minutes to play to extend the Eagles' lead to 50-39. Brown found a hot streak, scoring eight unanswered points in just over a minute to give BC a 61-44 lead with five minutes remaining. Ruffin followed with a layup of her own put the Eagles up by 18, the squad's largest buffer of the game.
Fairleigh-Dickinson made an 11-5 run in the final three minutes of the game, but BC held on to take the 68-57 victory.
The Eagles head out for a two-game road swing beginning at Rutgers on Wednesday, Nov. 16. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.