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Women's Basketball Loses to Northwestern, 67-63

Nov. 28, 2012

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Junior forward Katie Zenevitch went a perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line on the way to a career-high 22 points, but Boston College lost to Northwestern, 67-63, in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday night in Conte Forum.

The Eagles (4-3) outshot the Wildcats (6-0) from the field 45.8 to 38.2 percent and outscored NU 22-16 in the paint in the loss. BC committed 22 turnovers to NU's 12.

Senior guard Kerri Shields scored 11 points including a 3-of-8 effort on three-point shots, and freshman guard Nicole Boudreau recorded 10 points. Zenevitch grabbed a game-high nine rebounds to go with her second game of the season with 20 or more points.

Despite four free throws from Zenevitch the Eagles trailed Northwestern 9-8 in the early going. BC then used a 17-4 run from 16:25 to 10:24 to gain a 25-13 lead over the Wildcats. During the run Zenevitch scored four points and six other Eagles made baskets. A layup in traffic from freshman forward Alexa Coulombe followed by a three from Shields and jumpers from junior guards Shayra Brown and Tiffany Ruffin capped the streak.

Northwestern responded with a run of its own outscoring the Eagles 13-4 over a span that saw BC's lead drop from 28-16 at 9:43 to 32-29 with 1:43 left in the half. Two more free throws from Zenevitch with 52 seconds left pushed BC's margin to 34-29, but a three from Northwestern's Kendall Hackey pulled the visitors within two at 34-32 heading into halftime.

Coming out of the break the Eagles utilized a 10-2 run to claim a 44-34 edge at the 16:39 mark. Both Shields and Boudreau knocked down three-pointers during the stretch. Zenevitch connected on two more free throws after Northwestern head coach Joe McKeown was called for a technical foul, but NU then used a mini 6-0 run to cut BC's lead to 46-42 at 12:14.

Northwestern continued to chip away at BC's edge as the Wildcats pulled within one at 55-54 with 4:18 left. Another three from Shields pushed BC's lead back up to four at 58-54 before a three from Maggie Lyon and an old-fashioned three-point play from Carly Roser gave the Wildcats the lead at 60-58 with 2:28 left marking NU's first lead since 9-8.

Behind a 12-2 run, the Wildcats held a 66-60 lead with 11 seconds left before Kristen Doherty hit a three-pointer to pull the Eagles within three with 1.8 seconds left, but a free throw from Danielle Diman iced the win for Northwestern.

Next, Boston College plays Rutgers in Conte Forum at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Game Notes:
Katie Zenevitch set a new career high with 12 made free throws ... her previous high was five made free throws against Holy Cross on Dec. 18, 2011 ... Zenevitch went 10-for-10 from the line in the first half alone ... Kerri Shields and Nicole Boudreau each scored in double-figures for the sixth time this season ... BC is now 2-3 all-time against Northwestern and 2-3 all-time in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

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