Nov. 20, 2012
Chestnut Hill, MA -
Click to listen to Coach Johnson's comments about the UNH victory.
Senior guard Kerri Shields scored a team-high 18 points to lead Boston College to a 64-59 victory over a pesky UNH team in front of 848 fans at Conte Forum on Tuesday night.
Boston College improved to 3-1 with the win. It marks the first time BC has won three consecutive games since the 2010-11 season.
"Obviously, it feels great but it was in question tonight. (UNH) played hard and picked on some of our weaknesses,'' said head coach Erik Johnson. "We had to fight with everything we had to win that game. It was a hard fought effort.''
Shields, who had 16 points in the first half, shot 6-for-12 from the floor and 4-for-7 from beyond the arc in the game. Junior Katie Zenevitch notched her second consecutive double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds while freshman Nicole Boudreau had 15 points, 10 points and four steals in the second half.
The Eagles struggled offensively all night as they shot just 39 percent from the floor. But despite a cold night shooting, BC made key plays down the stretch to earn the win.
UNH (2-1) opened the half on a 10-0 run and the Eagles had to battle to get back in the game.
BC's comeback started with just over seven minutes to play when Zenevitch hit a short jumper in the key, which cut the UNH lead to two points. After a Wildcat turnover, BC tied the game on a layup by Kristen Doherty (nine points, three rebounds). Boudreau would then step up and drain a three-pointer, BC 53-50, with 6:50 left in the game.
The Eagles pulled away in the final four minutes on an 11-6 run. Tessah Holt's three-pointer with 3:40 to play, gave BC the lead for good, 58-55. After UNH cut it to one point, Doherty hit another layup with just over two minutes to play. Holt (10 points, five assists) and Zenevitch sealed the game with key free throws in the final seconds of the game.
Boston College stayed in the game thanks to the hot hand of Shields. She went 4-for-5 from the three-point line in the first half and finished with 16 points. UNH shot 59.1 percent from the floor in the first half but the Eagles held the lead at the buzzer, 37-33.
"Thankfully Kerri Shields was on fire in the first half. That was phenomenal. She kept us in the game,'' said Johnson of Shields 4-for-5 performance in the first half.
BC now leads the series against UNH, 14-8.
BC had just two turnovers in the first half and just 11 in the game. The Eagles did not commit a turnover in the game until the 10:52 mark of the first half.
Nicole Boudreau shot 4-for-8 from the floor and was perfect from the foul line (4-for-4). She also had four assists and four steals.
Four of the five starters notched double-figures. The last time BC achieved that feat was on Dec. 18. 2011 in a win over Holy Cross.
There were 10 lead changes and 10 ties in the game.
The Eagles did score 17 points off UNH turnovers.