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Women's Basketball Falls To Arizona State, 68-59

Senior Kerri Shields added 11 points in a tough loss to ASU on Sunday.

Senior Kerri Shields added 11 points in a tough loss to ASU on Sunday.

Dec. 9, 2012

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Katie Zenevitch tallied 20 points but it was not enough as Boston College fell to Arizona State, 68-59, in front of 712 fans at Conte Forum on Sunday afternoon. The Eagles drop to 5-4, while Arizona State improved to 5-4.

"I thought we were able to generate some really easy baskets early in the first half, but Arizona State was making big baskets and able to make some key three's,'' said Erik Johnson. "Give ASU credit. (Coach) Charli Turner Thorne ... that is her system. That is how they play, that is how they practice. Their pressure is relentless. They believe that it will get to you down the stretch. That is what happened.''

Zenevitch shot 9-for-11 from the floor and had six rebounds on her way to 20 points, while senior guard Kerri Shields went 4-for-8 from the floor, 3-for5 from long range and finished with 11 points and three assists. Junior Shayra Brown had six points and six boards off the bench.

ASU was led by Micaela Pickens with 14 points and Jada Blackwell with 10 points.

Arizona State finished the game shooting 51.9 percent from the floor and 47.1 percent from the three-point line. BC shot 41.1 percent from the floor, while shooting just 33.3 percent from beyond the arc.

The Sun Devils pulled away early in the second half on a 9-0 run, topped by a long 3-pointer by Pickens at 12:37 and the Sun Devils were up, 54-41. BC responded with a layup by Tiffany Ruffin which ended a five minute scoreless drought by the Eagles.

The Eagles continued the battle, but turnovers caused by ASU's constant pressure continued to hurt BC offense. Kristen Doherty (seven points, three rebounds) cut the lead to 12 points on a three-pointer from the corner with 7:02 to play but Pickens pushed the lead back to 15 on her own long-range shot with 6:41 to play. BC could not close the gap to under 10 points, until the final minute of play.

The first half the two teams traded baskets throughout. The lead changed eight times and the score was tied five times.

BC took its first lead at 8-6 when Nicole Boudreau (nine points, six assists) and Zenevitch ran a beautiful pick-and-roll for an easy lay-in by the Eagles center. The Eagles never had more than a two point lead in the half, while ASU went up five points with 3:38 to play on two freebies from Arnecia Hawkins (seven points). Kerri Shields hit a long three and BC was down by one point with 2:41 to play in the half. A Zenevitch layup cut ASU's halftime lead, 35-33.

BC shot 51.7 percent in the half, while ASU shot 56.5 percent.

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