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Shields Leads Women's Basketball Past Rutgers, 58-56

Kerri Shields hits layup to give BC a 58-56 victory over Rutgers on Sunday afternoon.

Kerri Shields hits layup to give BC a 58-56 victory over Rutgers on Sunday afternoon.

Dec. 2, 2012

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Boston College senior Kerri Shields hit a driving layup with four seconds to play to give the Eagles a, 58-56, victory over Rutgers on Sunday afternoon in front of 708 fans at Conte Forum. BC is now 5-3 on the season and handed Rutgers its second straight loss to drop to 3-3.

Shields shot 4-for-8 from the floor, hit two three's and finished with 11 points in the win. Freshman Nicole Boudreau led BC in scoring shooting 4-for-6 from long range and finished with a team-high 14 points. Juniors Katie Zenevitch and Kristen Doherty each added 11 points, while junior Shayra Brown tallied nine points off the bench.

The Eagles outshot the Scarlett Knights from the floor 47.7 percent to 39.7 percent. BC had to overcome 20 turnovers but the Eagles defense did cause 14 turnovers.

BC held the lead for most of the game. The two teams exchanged the lead early in the game but a three by Boudreau at 14:33 gave BC a 10-9 lead. The Eagles lead grew to 11 points, 27-16, with 6:20 left in the first half on a drive by Brown. Turnovers hurt BC in the final three minutes of the half, as Rutgers slowly chipped away at the lead. Two foul shots by Monique Oliver cut the BC lead to seven points with 2:16 to play. Brown hit two foul shots for BC but a three by Erica Wheeler (19 points) and jumper by Oliver, to cut the halftime lead, 31-27.

Rutgers scored immediately to open up the second half. Both teams proceeded to miss two shots apiece and commit a turnover so the score remained at, 31-29, until Doherty hit a jumper at the top of key at 17:38.

BC's long-range game came alive as Boudreau, Shields and Brown combined to hit five straight three-pointers and the lead was 10, 49-39 at 10:08. Rutgers responded with six straight points, four by Wheeler, BC 49-45. Doherty added to the long-range party and put BC ahead 52-45 on a three-pointer from the corner at 6:55. Wheeler responded with a three, followed by two BC turnovers and it was a two-point game with 5:08 to play.

Rutgers tied the game at 52-52 on foul shots by Kahleah Copper (8 points) with 4:04 and went ahead for the first time since the 10 minute mark in the first half when Wheeler nailed another jumper. Brown tied the game followed by a huge rebound by Zenevitch off a missed three-pointer gave BC a 56-54 lead with under two minutes to play.

Rutgers called a timeout and missed a jumper but Chelsey Lee got the rebound and put in a half-hook to tie the game at 56-56. Out of the final BC timeout, the Eagles worked the ball around with a play set up for Doherty but Shields had an opening to the hoop. She senior guard drove to the basket and hit the layup with 4.8 to play. Rutgers got the ball in quickly but Wheeler could not get a good enough look at the hoop with Zenevitch and Holt in her face with a second left on the clock.

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

Game Notes:

Junior Shayra Brown came off the bench and provided the team with and offensive spark by shooting 3-for-4 from the floor in 11 minutes of action ... Kerri Shields and Nicole Boudreau each scored in double-figures for the seventh time this season ... In eight games, BC has four players averaging double-figures in points - Katie Zenevitch (13.5), Nicole Boudreau (12.8), Kerri Shields (12.0) and Kristen Doherty (10.3) ... BC is 2-1 in the last three games and has shot a higher field goal percentage than the opponent in all three games ... Rutgers leads the overall series between the two teams, 14-10. In the last four meetings, the series is at 2-2.

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