Nov. 23, 2012
Seattle, Wash. - The Boston College women's basketball team ended a three-game winning streak, falling to Sacred Heart, 54-48, in the Washington Dental Service Thanksgiving Tournament hosted by Seattle University. The teams battled back and forth for the entire game, but the Pioneers (3-2) came out with the win over the Eagles (3-2).
The lead changed 14 times and the game was tied seven times.
"Sacred Heart did a great job making things difficult for us," head coach Erik Johnson said. "We had so many really good opportunities that we were not able to take advantage of. Our kids battled, they were tough, we followed a game plan and we played together. Our skill set just broke down at key times and we just weren't able to finish plays, and unfortunately, the game of basketball comes down to that. Again, I am really proud of our players' efforts. We just have to be able to take our skill set to the next level and get back in the gym."
Senior Kerri Shields led the scoring for BC with 12 points, tallying four three's, including three down the stretch. Freshman Nicole Boudreau had 11 points, going 3-for-6 from behind the arc, and junior Kristen Doherty had 10 points. Classmate Katie Zenevitch led on the boards, notching seven rebounds.
With 5:34 to play, the game was knotted at 45. Gabriella Washington, who finished the game with 15 points, completed a three-point play to put the Pioneers ahead. Boudreau retied the game at 48 after Shields' three attempt rimmed out. Morgan Merriman, who led all scorers with 22 points on the night, made a layup to put SHU up by two with about three minutes to go. With a chance to tie or go ahead, the Eagles missed five consecutive shots after pulling down two offensive rebounds and notching two steals. They had to foul to stop the clock, allowing the Pioneers to add the final four points to the SHU lead.
The game began immediately with an early battle, as the Eagles led, 14-13, with just under 11 minutes to go in the first half. The Pioneers rattled off 10 straight points in six minutes, led by Merriman, who had eight of the 10 points.
Scoring nine of the final 11 points, BC went on a run of its own to close the halftime gap to one. Boudreau laid one in and then hit a three before Zenevitch ended the half with a foul shot. In the first half, the forward was 5-of-6 from the line.
Down by one heading into the second half, redshirt junior Tessah Holt tied the game at the foul line, making 1-of-2. Boudreau then gave the Eagles the lead with a three and Holt's second 1-of-2 put BC up by four. The Pioneers were able to get back in it to tie the contest at 29 with two from the charity strip by Ericka Norman and a jumper by Washington. Five more lead changes - three for BC and two for SHU - and two more ties put the game at 45 all.
The Eagles will face the loser of the Seattle University - Portland game at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 24.
The Eagles shot 30.8 percent in the first half and were 2-for-10 from behind the arc. They were 28.6 percent in the second half and went 6-for-14 from three-point land ... BC tallied 10 steals in the game, the second most of the season ... The 18 turnovers in the game were also the second-most of the season, the most coming in the other loss of the season to BU.