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Women's Basketball Defeats Holy Cross, 71-52

Freshman Nicole Boudreau had 22 points and six assists in the win over Holy Cross.

Freshman Nicole Boudreau had 22 points and six assists in the win over Holy Cross.

Nov. 13, 2012

Worcester, Mass. -

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The Boston College women's basketball team defeated Holy Cross, 71-52, on Tuesday night in front of 750 fans at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass. The Eagles were led by freshman Nicole Boudreau with 22 points and six assists while junior Katie Zenevitch tallied 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

"What I was really proud of was that our players trusted the process of trusting each other. As poorly as we shot in the first half, they never stopped believing in each other,'' said BC head coach Erik Johnson after his first career victory at the Heights. "It was a team win. I was really, really proud of them.''

Senior Kerri Shields added 14 points, while junior Kristen Doherty had eight points, seven rebounds and three steals in the win.

Both teams were cold to start the game. BC shot just 29.4 percent in the first half, while Holy Cross was not much better at 33.3 percent.

Holy Cross held a two-point until Tessah Holt (six points, five assists) hit a jumper to give BC a two point lead with 6:25 to play. It was a four-point BC lead for over five minutes when neither team could hit a basket. Holt ended the drought with a jumper on the baseline with 1:18 to play in the half. A BC turnover resulted in a layup by Emily Parker and the Eagles clung to a 24-22 lead. Freshman Alexa Coulombe made sure BC held a two-point lead at the half as she blocked a shot with one second on the clock.

"I told them at half time to continue to take the same shots. Suddenly, Nicole (Boudreau) makes a couple of shots and Katie Zenevitch starts getting the ball at the rim. And then everyone else just kept going. They believed in each other. They moved the ball so well tonight,'' said Johnson.

BC's offense got a jump start in the second half behind two three's by Boudreau and one by Doherty in the first five minutes. The hot shooting gave BC a six point lead, 40-34. The lead grew to 14 points when BC ran off 12 straight points. Doherty opened the run with her second three of the game at 12:24. The run ended after Zenevitch hit a hook with 8:46 left, and Holy Cross responded with a long three by Alex Smith.

The Eagles remained calm and ran off six straight points, four from Zenevitch and two on a great offensive rebound and lay in by Doherty. BC extended the lead to 17 points and Holy Cross had no answers for the inside game of Zenevitch and the outside game of Doherty, Shields and Boudreau.

"We made a lot of changes on our offense in the last two days. After our game against BU, it was imperative to make changes,'' said Johnson. "And in two days, they were able to assimilate a ton of information and put it into a successful high level basketball game which was really impressive.''

Boston College shot 20-for-28 from the floor in the second half and finished the game shooting 48.4 percent. The Eagles defense forced 24 turnovers and had 13 steals.

Game Notes:

This was the first win for new head coach Erik Johnson at Boston College ... The 13 steals were the most by a BC team since the Eagles had 12 vs. Arizona State on Nov. 20, 2011 ... The Eagles hit nine three-pointers in the game. The last time BC had nine three's in a game was on Feb. 2, 2012, when the Eagles shot 9-for-21 from the arc against Duke ... BC also had a 20 team assists. The last time the team had 20 or more assists in a game was on March 17, 2011 in a WNIT game vs. Yale. BC had 22 assists in the win ... BC lead the series against Holy Cross, 26-8. The Eagles have won the last 15 games ... Fans remember to follow the team on Twitter @bc_wbb.

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