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Women's Basketball Falls Short vs. FSU, 76-70

Kerri Shields led BC with 17 points.

Kerri Shields led BC with 17 points.

Dec. 30, 2012

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Tallahassee, FLA - The Boston College women's basketball team battled hard all day but could not come out with a victory against Florida State as the Eagles fell, 76-70, in the first ACC game of the season at Donald L. Tucker Center.

BC is now 6-5 overall and 0-1 in the conference, while Florida State improved to 10-1 and 1-0 in the ACC.

Senior Kerri Shields led Boston College with 17 points, shooting 5-for-9 from the three-point line. She hit three in the second half. Freshman Nicole Boudreau had 14 points, four rebounds and four steals, while Kristen Doherty added 13 points, four rebounds and took two charges in the game. Tessah Holt added 11 and had season-high seven assists.

FSU was led by Alexa Deluzio with 25 points, while Leonor Rodriquez added 14 points.

The Eagles were down just seven at the half. The Seminoles extended the lead to 12 points before BC's shooting touch appeared, sparked by Shields. She hit two straight long three's and BC cut the Seminoles lead to five points with 12:35 left in the game.

At the timeout with 11:23, BC was down seven points while shooting just 38 percent from the floor but 35 percent from the three-point line thanks to Shields.

Doherty hit a three with 11:07 and the Seminole lead was four points. FSU would hit its first long range shot by Rodriquez, followed by two free throws off a BC turnover the Seminoles went up 55-46. FSU applied defensive pressure, creating a turnover which led to two more free throws, 57-46.

A free throw by Zenevitch stopped the FSU run with 9:10 to play. This time Boudreau would step up. She nailed two straight three's, followed by a charge taken by Doherty and BC was down six with 7:57 left.

The Eagles continued to fight, as Shields hit her fifth three and it was a two-point deficit with 3:42 to play. FSU's Morgan Tole hit a layup off a BC turnover and the lead was four. A Zenevitch layup had BC within two points with 1:34 to play. Tole would step up again hitting a jumper with under 50 seconds left in the game. BC attempted to free up Boudreau and Shields but the FSU defense tightened up to shut the two long-range shooters down in the final minute of play.

BC shot 42 percent in the game and had 14 turnovers, while FSU shot 50 percent from the floor with 17 turnovers. BC was beat on the boards, 40-32.

Boston College came out cold in the first half as the Eagles missed the first three shots. FSU jumped out to a 6-0 lead. Doherty hit a jumper at 16:43 to break the drought. A layup by Boudreau followed by a foul shot from Shayra Brown (five points, three boards) cut the FSU lead to five points at 14:31. FSU scored seven straight points behind Deluzio (14 points in half) but the Eagles battled back. With just under four minutes to play, Zenevitch hit a layup to cut the FSU lead to just seven points. Shields would hit two long 3-pointers and in the final two minutes which kept BC just seven points down at the half, 37-30.

BC shot 40 percent from the floor in the half but missed five free throws. FSU held a 23-15 lead on the boards but BC had an edge of 5-3 in steals. Zenevitch had five points and five boards at the half, while Boudreau had eight points.

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