Women's Basketball Downs Bryant, 68-42
Nov. 27, 2011
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Sophomore Katie Zenevitch posted 12 points and pulled down nine rebounds, as Boston College (2-2) defeated Bryant (3-2), 68-42, on Sunday afternoon at the Eagles' Conte Forum in the first ever meeting between the two squads.
As a team, Boston College recorded a season-high 15 assists. The Eagles shot 41.1 percent from the field, compared to Bryant's 27.9 percent. The Eagles were also strong from beyond the arc in the victory, converting on 30.0 percent of its three-point opportunities. BC also went 16-19 (84.2 percent) from the line in the outing.
The BC offense took control of the game early, with Smith scoring the team's first bucket. Shields scored two from beyond the arc to help BC post 10 unanswered points in the first five and a half minutes.
Bryant got on the board with just over 14 minutes to play in the half, but Shields sunk her third three-pointer of the game to put BC up 13-3. With just under 12 minutes left in the half, Zenevitch went 2-for-2 at the line to give the Eagles a 20-6 lead. Redshirt Sophomore Tessa Holt followed, hitting back-to-back three-point jumpers with just over nine minutes left in the first to put the Eagles on top, 26-8, and give the squad it's largest lead of the half.
With six minutes to play, Zenevitch ended a 4-0 run by the Bulldogs when she scored the Eagles' first points from inside the paint. The squads traded baskets in the final minutes of the period to send the teams to the locker rooms with BC leading Bryant, 32-16.
Coming out of halftime, Zenevitch scored the Eagles' first four points of the second half to give the Eagles a 36-18 lead. Sophomore Kristen Doherty hit a layup, sophomore Tiffany Ruffin converted on a free throw and Smith sunk a jumper to put BC up by 23 points.
Both sides scored six points apiece over the next four minutes to make it a 47-24 BC advantage. Sophomore Shayra Brown scored her first points of the day with seven minute to play, going 2-for-2 at the line to make it a 56-33 game. Less than one minute later, Brown hit a jumper to put BC up by 27. Redshirt junior Alyssa Fressle converted on two free throw attempts and freshman Joy Caracciolo scored a layup to make it 66-35 and give the Eagles' their largest lead of the game with 3:27 to play.
The Bulldogs had a 7-2 run in the final minutes of the game, but the Eagles walked away with a decisive 68-42 victory.