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Women's Basketball Defeats Portland, 68-40

Shields hit five three's in the first half.

Shields hit five three's in the first half.

Nov. 25, 2012

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Seattle, Wash. - The Boston College women's basketball team finished third in the Washington Dental Thanksgiving Tournament with a 68-40 victory over Seattle University on Saturday night. The Eagles (4-2) were led by senior Kerri Shields, who scored a game-high 17 points. Junior Kristen Doherty notched her first double-double of the season and the second of her career with 13 points and a career-high 12 boards.

"We spent a lot of time talking about some execution things that needed to get better and improve in this game," head coach Erik Johnson said. "I was proud of our players in how they made the improvements from last night to tonight. Things like communication, transition defense, rebounding and taking care of the ball were greatly improved today and that was my challenge to them. I was proud we were able to make changes like that in a one-day turnaround and hopefully, we'll be able to do the same thing on Monday and keep getting better."

The Eagles out-rebounded the Pilots (1-5), 42-29. They also shot 45.3 percent on the game, hitting 50 percent of their attempts in the first half. They were 11-for-25 from three-point land, notching a season-high in three's made and shot percentage (44.0%).

Cassandra Thompson, Annika Holopainen and Kari Luttinen each notched 11 points for the Pilots (1-5).

Shields hit five three-pointers in the first half to lead the scoring as the Eagles took a 38-14 advantage heading into the break.

The game started off close, as Portland took a quick, 7-6 lead in the first six minutes. The Eagles rattled off 11 straight points before the Pilots could score again. Junior Katie Zenevitch hit two foul shots, followed by back-to-back three's by Doherty and Shields. Junior Shayra Brown finished off the run with two more from the charity stripe.

The Eagle defense held strong, as it did not allow a Portland basket for six-and-a-half straight minutes. In that span, Shields hit three three's from beyond the arc, including one with time expiring on the shot clock, and freshman Nicole Boudreau hit one.

The Pilots started the second half with a 13-6 run in the first six minutes of action, closing the gap to 44-29. Boudreau hit another three, of her three in the game, and after a jumper by Holopainen, redshirt junior Tessah Holt nailed a trey to put the Eagles at 50 points.

The two teams traded hoops for the better of five minutes before the Eagles scored the final nine points of the game. The BC defense kept the Portland off the scoreboard for the final six minutes of the game.

The Eagles return home to host Northwestern in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge on Nov. 28 at 7 p.m.

Game Notes: The Eagles' 38 first-half points were the most they've scored in a first half this season and Portland's 14 are the least BC's defense has allowed ... Freshman Alexa Coulombe scored her first collegiate points on a jumper from the elbow in the second half ... The 42 rebounds were the most of the 2012 season.

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