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Women's Basketball Tops Hofstra, 80-63

Freshman Kelly Hughes scored a career-high 19 points in the win over Hofstra.

Freshman Kelly Hughes scored a career-high 19 points in the win over Hofstra.

Nov. 12, 2013

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Boston College freshman Kelley Hughes had a career-high 19 points, while four other Eagles scored in double figures in an, 80-63, victory over Hofstra in non-conference action on Tuesday night at the Mack Sports Complex. BC is now 1-1 on the season. Hofstra dropped to 1-1.

Hughes was 6-for-10 from the floor and had seven rebounds, while senior Kristen Doherty had 10 points, eight rebounds, three assists and five steals. Junior Lauren Engeln chipped in with 14 points, while senior Katie Zenevitch added 10 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Sophomore Nicole Boudreau had 10 points and a career-high eight rebounds.

BC opened the game on a set play as Boudreau hit the first of her three three-pointers in the first half. Engeln scored six straight points to give BC a 9-2 lead five minutes into the half. Hofstra took the lead after two straight three pointers to go up, 12-10, at 12:13 in the half.

BC pulled away on a 14-0 run midway through the half. Kat Cooper (eight points, three assists) sparked it with two fouls shots followed by a layup at 8:37 and the Eagles had a 19-16 lead. A three by Boudreau extended the lead to 22-16. After two foul shots by Hughes, Doherty and Hughes hit back-to-back jumpers and BC held a 29-18 lead with 6:37 to play.

Alex Coulombe hit two layups at the end of the half and BC was up, 39-28, going into the locker room. BC shot 46.2 percent from the floor and shot 3-for-6 from the arc. Hofstra shot 26.3 percent from the floor and held a 24-22 rebound edge.

Zenevitch opened the second half with six straight points and BC went up, 45-32, and forced Hofstra into an early timeout. The Eagles out-scored Hofstra, 19-10, in the first nine minutes of the half to go up by 20 points, 58-38. Zenevitch had six, while Hughes had five points. Hofstra cut the lead to 17 points with 7:48 to play off a long three-pointer by Sydni Epps.

The lead dwindled as Hofstra's Annie Payton nailed a long three at 6:30. A Hughes baseline jumper stopped the bleeding, BC 69-54. BC shot 48.4 percent in the second half and held Hofstra to just 25.7 percent from the floor. The Eagles finished the game shooting 47 percent and had 20 assists in the game.

Game Notes: Senior Kristen Doherty had over 80 family and friends at the game. Doherty, a native of Holtsville, played high school basketball at Sachem East ... Freshman Kelly Hughes played a season-high 22 minutes and shot 6-for-11 from the floor. She grabbed a career-high eight boards ... The Eagles will travel to Utah to play at BYU on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. (ET).

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