W. Basketball Falls, 71-63, to Hampton
Dec. 22, 2011
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Sophomore Katie Zenevitchposted a double-double, as Boston College (4-7) suffered a 71-63 loss to Hampton (8-2) in the Eagles' last game before the holiday break on Dec. 22.
Zenevitch recorded 13 points and pulled down 10 defensive rebounds. Sophomore Tiffany Ruffinled the Eagles with 15 points in the outing.
Hampton was strong on the boards, outrebounding BC, 40-30. The Pirates pulled down 21 offensive rebounds, compared to the Eagles' seven. BC shot 47.8 percent from the field, compared to HU's 33.3 percent.
The Pirates came alive in the second half to steal the momentum and the game. HU used an 11-0 run to take its first lead of the half, up 54-51, with 7:41 to play. The teams traded baskets, with the Pirates holding onto their three-point buffer, until Ruffin went 2-for-2 at the line to make it a 58-57 game with 4:43 to go. Zenevitch followed, putting the Eagles back on top with a layup, but HU came back quickly, using a 9-1 run to regain the lead and seal the victory, going up 67-60, with just over a minute to play. Ruffin sunk a three in the final minute, but the Pirates added four points from the line to walk away with the 71-63 win.
Despite losing the opening tip, BC used a 6-3 run to take an early lead. Ruffin hit a jumper to make it 8-4, but Melaine Warner retaliated with an aggressive offensive rebound and the put-back to help the Pirates pull within two with 15:51 to play in the first half. Ruffin hit a long two, but HU's Jericka Jenkins sunk a three-point jumper to tie the game at 10.
The teams traded baskets and the lead, until BC used a 6-1 run, capped by a three-point play from freshman Deidra Smith, to give the Eagles a 22-17 buffer with 8:41 to play in the first. Ruffin posted six straight points to help BC pull away, going up, 28-19, with just over five to play. Hampton outscored BC, 11-7, in final minutes of the first half, but BC was able to hang on to take a 35-30 lead to the locker room.
BC struck first coming out of halftime, as Zenevitch knocked down a long jumper from beyond the arc. HU's Warner hit a three of her own, but the Eagles followed with five consecutive points thanks to a three from Junior Kerri Shields and two free throws from junior Alyssa Fressle, taking a 43-35 lead with 16:30 to go. Choicetta McMillian posted four quick points to help the Pirates cut the deficit to six. HU used two threes to make it a 48-43 game with just over 14 minutes left. Freshman Victoria Leskomade a three as the shot clock expired, but the Eagles could not stop the oncoming offensive attack by Hampton.
The Eagles return to action on Tuesday, Dec. 29, when they travel to St. Joseph's. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.