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Boston College at No. 20 Georgia Tech

Tessah Holt has been a key to the Eagles recent success. Holt has started the last six games alongside Kristen Doherty, Kerri Shields, Tiffany Ruffin and Katie Zenevitch.


Tessah Holt has been a key to the Eagles recent success. Holt has started the last six games alongside Kristen Doherty, Kerri Shields, Tiffany Ruffin and Katie Zenevitch.

Feb. 18, 2012

WHO: Boston College at No. 20 Georgia Tech
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012
TIME: 2 p.m.
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The Boston College women's basketball team is on a two-game winning streak as the Eagles have defeated Virginia Tech and Clemson this week. The Eagles (7-19, 2-11) defeated Clemson, 56-53, behind 17 points, seven rebounds and a season-high five steals from Kristen Doherty.

Boston College will travel to Georgia to play at Georgia Tech (19-7, 9-4) on Sunday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. The game is at the Gwinnett Arena in Duluth, Georgia. The Eagles will wear pink Under Armour Play 4Kay t-shirts with former BC guard Clare Droesch's No. 15 on the sleeve. Droesch was recently diagnosed with cancer.

BC vs. GEORGIA TECH
• This is the 10th game between Boston College and Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets lead the head-to-head series, 5-4.
• The two teams met earlier this season at Conte Forum. BC lost 68-58 on Jan. 15, 2012. BC was led by Kerri Shields with 15 points and Tessah Holt with 10 points.
• BC head coach Sylvia Crawley is 3-2 against Georgia Tech since arriving at the Heights in 2008.
• The Eagles are 4-3 against the Yellow Jackets since BC joined the ACC.

BC vs. Georgia Tech

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H: 3-1

A: 1-3N: 0-1
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2/09/06WH57-55
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1/08/09WA65-64 (OT)
1/17/10 WH77-51
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CRUSH CANCER FUND FOR CLARE
• Recently the Boston College women's basketball program learned some upsetting news about of its family members. Clare Droesch, who played at BC from 2001-2005, was recently diagnosed with cancer. The CRUSH CANCER FUND FOR CLARE was set up through the Rockaway non-profit organization, the Graybeards.
• The BC women's team will wear pink Under Armour shirts with Clare's No. 15 on the sleeve.
• To donate go to www.graybeards.com/index/donations - add to card and click on Clare's photo.
• This week the BC website started an online auction with three items. All proceeds from this auction will go to Clare's medical expenses. To view this week's items go to - - http://bceagles.cstvauctions.com/gallery.cfm. This week's items include a hockey stick signed by the 2010 BC men's national championship hockey team, a signed Chicago Sky ball and photo signed by former BC alum Carolyn Swords and a rare Doug Flutie signed lithograph.
• There are two Facebook pages dedicated to fundraising for Clare. The one is Boston is run by BC alum Nicole Conway and you can find information at Clare's Boston Fundraiser. The one in New York is hosted by Clare's friends in Rockaway and it is - Friends of Crush Cancer Fund for Clare.

LAST TIME OUT
• BC defeated Clemson, 56-53, at Conte Forum on Thursday. BC was led by Kristen Doherty who finished with 17 points, seven rebounds and five steals. Doherty had six points in the final two minutes and a key steal to give BC the lead for good with 30 seconds to play. Kerri Shields (7 points, 4 assists) and Tessah Holt (7 points, 3 assists) hit two free throws each in the final seconds to seal the win.
• BC forced 21 turnovers and scored 20 points off turnovers.

YOUTH MOVEMENT
• Junior Kerri Shields did not start for the first time in two seasons (58 straight games) on Thursday night. Shields sat so BC could start the only senior on the team - Marissa Mello. Shields' now has 88 career starts.
• The Eagles have gone small the last four games - Shields/Mello, Tessah Holt, Tiffany Ruffin, Kristen Doherty and Katie Zenevitch.
• Sophomore guard Tessah Holt has started the last six games.
• BC has started four sophomores in 13 games this season. In 14 games, BC has started at least three sophomores. There has been 13 different starting lineups.
• Eleven times BC has started three sophomores, a freshman and one junior.

ON THE MARK
• BC is 19th in the country and first in the ACC in foul shooting. The Eagles are (322-of-422, 76.3%) from the charity stripe.
Tessah Holt nailed four free throws in the final minute on Monday against Virginia Tech to seal the win and then two more vs. Clemson on Thursday. She is shooting 86% from the line (37-for-43), while Katie Zenevitch and Alyssa Fressle are both shooting 80%, while Tiffany Ruffin is 77.8 percent.

SHE'S A THIEF
Kristen Doherty had a season-high five steals against Clemson on Thursday. Doherty leads BC in steals with 39 thefts this season. She had three in the win over Virginia Tech, which was the sixth time this season she has notched three steals in a game. Last year she had 69 steals, the most by a BC player since Aja Parham had 68 in the 2005 season. Doherty notched her 100th career steal vs. Duke on Feb. 5.

SEEING DOUBLE
Katie Zenevitch notched her third double-double of the season against Wake Forest on Sunday. Zenevitch had 20 points and 10 rebounds. She was 9-for-12 from the floor and had three assists and two blocks. In the game vs. No. 10 Maryland, Zenevitch missed a double-double by two points - she finished with eight points and 12 boards. Her previous double-doubles were against Hampton and St. Joe's. She now has four in her career.

MILESTONES
Kristen Doherty passed the 500 point mark after scoring 17 vs. Duke on Thursday. She also grabbed her 100th career steal in the game. Doherty is now nine rebounds form 300 career boards.
Kerri Shields is just 15 points away from 700 career points. She needs just 16 more three's to move into third place on the all-time list at BC.
Katie Zenevitch is two points from 400 career points and needs just 27 boards for 300 career rebounds.

THE 2011-12 EAGLES
• Sophomore Tiffany Ruffin had eight assists in the win over CCSU on Jan. 2. It was a career-high for Ruffin. Her previous high was six against three different teams in her freshman campaign. Ruffin played 29 minutes vs. Maryland and grabbed a career-high seven rebounds and notched seven points.
• Freshman Kat Cooper played a career-high 21 minutes against Maryland on Thursday. Cooper shot 2-for-10 from the floor, but 2-for-3 from the three-point line. She also had a career-high three assists.
Katie Zenevitch has led the Eagles in scoring six times and has notched double-figures 11 times this season.
Kristen Doherty has notched double-figures in scoring 12 times this season, including the last three games. She has led BC in scoring seven times this season.
Joy Caracciolo is the only freshman to lead BC in scoring this season. She has done it twice - vs. V-Tech and Maryland.
Kristen Doherty has led BC in rebounding in 12 games this season. Katie Zenevitch has led BC in rebounding in 10 games.
Tiffany Ruffin has led BC in assists in nine games, while Tessah Holt has been the leader in assists in five games.
Kerri Shields has hit 47 three's. It is the fourth highest total number of three-pointers made by a junior in program history.

STEPPING UP
• Sophomore transfer Tessah Holt has started seven games this season, including the last six games. Holt is averaging 8.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists when she starts. Overall, Holt is averaging 6.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists. In the last three games, Holt has hit 4-of-12 from three-point range and 5-for-6 from the charity stripe. She also has 13 assists. Holt notched her career-high of seven assists vs. Virginia Tech on Feb. 13,

SHE'S A STARTER
• Eagles freshman Joy Caracciolo earned her ninth start in the loss to No. 9/10 Maryland on Thursday, Feb. 2. A native of Bristow, Virginia, Caracciolo is averaging 5.0 points and 3.0 rebounds a game. She is shooting 45% from the floor and 75% from the line.
• In the games Caracciolo has started she is averaging 6.6 points per game and 3.2 rebounds. She is also shooting 51 percent from the field and 81 percent from the foul line, while averaging 22.4 minutes a game.

LAST THREE GAMES
• BC is 2-1 with wins over Virginia Tech and Clemson. BC's only loss was to Duke, 71-62, on Feb. 9.
• Sophomore Kristen Doherty has led BC over the last three games. She is averaging 15.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, has nine steals and seven three-pointers (63%).
Katie Zenevitch and Kerri Shields have also picked up their play. The two are both averaging 10 points a game, while Zenevitch is averaging five boards a game.
Tessah Holt and Tiffany Ruffin lead the team in assists. Holt has 13 in the last three games, while Ruffin has 10.
• In the last three games BC has hit 27 three's. The team has taken 65 and shooting at a 41 percent clip from the arc.
• At the foul line BC has shined all season, shooting 77.5 in the last three games. Shayra Brown is 11-of-15 from the charity stripe in the last three games, while Katie Zenevitch is 5-for-5 and Kerri Shields is 4-for-4.
• The starting lineup in the last two of the last three games has been Tessah Holt, Tiffany Ruffin, Kristen Doherty, Kerri Shields and Katie Zenevitch. As a starting lineup, the five has averaged 46.7 points, 17.7 rebounds, 12.0 assists and three steals.

IN THE ACC
• Boston College leads the ACC in free throw shooting percentage at 76.8.
• The team is fifth in the league in three-pointers made with 111.
Katie Zenevitch is 27th in the league in scoring (10.3 ppg), while she is 17th in rebounding (6.3). Zenevitch is also eighth in the conference in field goal percentage (50.0).
Kristen Doherty is 28th in the conference in scoring (9.9 ppg).
Shayra Brown is eighth in the league in free throw percentage (77.1). She is 11-for-15 in the last three games.
Tessah Holt is second in 3PT FG percentage (40%). Kerri Shields is fourth in 3-pointers made with 47.

NEXT UP
• Boston College will play its final regular season home game on Thursday, Feb. 23 at Conte Forum. The game will start at 7 p.m. The Eagles final regular season game will be on Sunday, Feb. 26 at Miami (1 p.m.).

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