Feb. 29, 2012
2011-12 ACC TOURNAMENT
WHEN: MARCH 1-4, 2012
WHERE: GREENSBORO COLISEUM, GREENSBORO, NC
TIME: 8 p.m.
FOLLOW: Gametracker or Twitter/bc_wbb
VIEW: Taped Delayed at 11 p.m. on NESN
The Boston College women's basketball team will travel to Greensboro, North Carolina to play Virginia in the first round of the ACC Tournament on Thursday, March 1 at 8 p.m. Boston College enters the tournament with a 2-14 conference record and a 7-22 overall record. Fans can follow the game on Twitter at bc_wbb or gametracker at www.bceagles.com. The game will be on NESN but taped delayed at 11 p.m.
The Eagles will spend today practicing at their usual spot, the Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina. Every team gets an assigned shoot around period on the Greensboro Coliseum court and BC will shoot at 4 p.m.
BC will eat the team dinner at its favorite Italian Eatery in Greensboro, Café Pasta.
The Eagles will wear the maroon uniforms for the game on Thursday night.
The ACC Tournament Schedule
BC vs. VIRGINIA
Thursday, March 1
G1 - 5 North Carolina vs. 12 Clemson 11 a.m. (RSN)
G2 - S8 Florida State vs. 9 NC State 3 p.m. (RSN)
G3 - Wake Forest vs. 10 Virginia Tech 6 p.m. (RSN)
G4 - 6 Virginia vs. 11 Boston College 8 p.m. (NESN-TD)
Friday, March 2
G5 - 4 Georgia Tech vs. winner of Game 1 11 a.m. (RSN)
G6 - 1 Duke vs. winner of Game 2 3 p.m. (RSN)
G7 - 2 Miami vs. winner of Game 3 6 p.m. (RSN)
G8 - 3 Maryland vs. winner of Game 4 8 p.m. (RSN)
Saturday, March 3
G9 - ACC Semifi nal 1 11 a.m. (ESPNU)
G10 - ACC Semifi nal 2 1:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
Sunday, March 4
G11 - Championship Game 2 p.m. (ESPN2)
Boston College is 2-9 against the University of Virginia. BC earned its first win vs. UVA on Jan. 26, 2006 in the Eagles first season in the ACC. BC's only other victory against the Cavaliers came during the 2010-11 regular season in a 73-50 victory. Kerri Shields
had 17 points while Carolyn Swords
notched a double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds).
The two teams met on Jan 21 this season. Virginia earned a 69-58 victory over BC in Charlottesville, VA. The Eagles were led by Shayra Brown with 25 points.
The last four games, UVA owns a 3-1 advantage. BC defeated UVA, 73-50, during the regular season last year but then fell to the Cavs in the WNIT semifinal round, 53-48, on March 24.
BC'S PROBABLE STARTERS vs. VIRGINIA
ACC TOURNAMENT HISTORY
BC's best performance in the ACC Tournament came in the 2009-10 season. The Eagles defeated Virginia Tech, 62-49. In the second game, BC stunned No. 2 Florida State, 67-60. At the time FSU was ranked eighth nationally. The Eagles run ended when NC State defeated the Eagles 63-57.
In the Eagles first appearance in the ACC Tournament, BC lost to Virginia 57-54. BC's first win in the tournament came in the 2008 season. The Eagles defeated Virginia Tech, 57- 47, behind 14 points and seven rebounds by Stefanie Murphy and 12 points and six boards from Carolyn Swords. The Eagles eventually fell to No. 2 Maryland in a high-scoring affair, 93-81. Mickel Picco had a career-high 33 points.
Junior Kerri Shields did not start for the first time in two seasons (58 straight games) against Clemson on Feb. 16. Shields sat so BC could start the only senior on the team - Marissa Mello - in the Eagles Senior Night Event. Shields', the lone veteran on the Eagles roster, has 63 career starts and has played in 94 career games.
The Eagles have gone small the last eight games - Shields/Mello, Tessah Holt, Tiffany Ruffin, Kristen Doherty and Katie Zenevitch.
Sophomore guard Tessah Holt has started the last nine games.
BC has started four sophomores in 16 games this season. There have been 13 different starting lineups.
Eleven times BC has started three sophomores, a freshman and one junior.
Freshman Joy Caracciolo earned her ninth start vs. No. 9/10 Maryland on Feb. 2. A native of Bristow, Virginia, Caracciolo is averaging 6.6 points per game and 3.2 rebounds in the games she starts.
Kristen Doherty has been filling the statistics sheet for the Eagles all season. The sophomore from New York is averaging 10 points per game and 5.2 rebounds. Against ACC opponents, Doherty is averaging 11.2 points per game and 5.4 rebounds. Doherty leads BC in minutes played as well as steals (42). To add to her successful sophomore campaign, Doherty had a key steal and layup in the final 30 seconds of the Eagles win over Clemson. It is the second straight season Doherty has led BC in steals. Last season she had 69 thefts, the second highest single season total in program history. She now has 112 career steals. She reached the 100 steal plateau on Feb. 5 vs. Duke. Her season high is five, which she registered against Clemson.
Katie Zenevitch is the only player on the Eagles roster to register a double-double. Zenevitch notched her third double-double of the season against Wake Forest. Zenevitch had 20 points and 10 rebounds. She was 9-for-12 from the floor and had three assists and two blocks. Zenevitch also had double-doubles against Hampton and St. Joe's. She has four in her career.
Zenevitch is also on a tear from the foul line. The Eagles center, who is averaging 10.5 points per game, has not missed a foul shot since Jan. 21 when BC lost to UVA (18-for-18). For the season, Zenevitch is shooting 83 percent from the foul line and 51 percent from the floor.
Kristen Doherty passed the 500 point mark after scoring 17 vs. Duke on Thursday. She is 30 points from 600 career points. Doherty She grabbed her 100th career steal in the game. Doherty is now has 303 career boards. She also has 111 career steals. She is eight away from tying Carolyn Swords on the all-time list in 16th place.
Kerri Shields is just five points away from 700 career points. She needs just 12 more three's to move into third place on the all-time list at BC. Shields' needs two assists for 150 career helpers.
Katie Zenevitch notched her 400th career point against Georgia Tech on Feb. 19. She is now just 14 rebounds from 300 career boards. Zenevitch is shooting 83 percent from the foul line this season (44-of-53).
LAST FOUR GAMES
BC is 1-3. The Eagles defeated Clemson but lost to No. 20/22 Georgia Tech, NC State and No. 5 Miami.
Sophomore Kristen Doherty continues to be the Eagles most consistent player. She averaged 13.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and has eight steals in the last four games.
Katie Zenevitch is averaging 10 points, five rebounds and shooting 55.6 percent from the floor. She is also 2-for-4 from the three-point line and 8-for-8 from the foul line.
BC is still getting beat on the boards. The Eagles lost the battle of the boards, 146-116
THE 2011-12 EAGLES
Sophomore Tiffany Ruffin notched a career-high nine assists in the loss to NC State on Thursday night. Her previous high was had eight assists in the win over CCSU on Jan. 2. As a freshman, Ruffin had six helpers against three different teams.
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 eight times and has notched double-figures 11 times this season.
Kristen Doherty has notched double-figures in scoring 13 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 14 games this season. Katie Zenevitch has led BC in rebounding in 11 games.
Tiffany Ruffin has led BC in assists in 10 games, while Tessah Holt has been the leader in assists in seven games.
Kerri Shields has hit 49 three's. It is the fourth highest total number of three-pointers made by a junior in program history.
BC is third in the ACC in 3-point field goals made this season (137).
The Eagles have started a smaller lineup - Katie Zenevitch (6-3), Kristen Doherty (5-11), Kerri Shields (5-9), Tiffany Ruffin (5-7) and Tessah Holt (5-5). The average height of the lineup is 5-foot-7.
The five average 40.7 points per game and all play 24 minutes and up each game. Kristen Doherty and Katie Zenevitch lead the five in minutes played at 32.0 and 32.3 respectively.
Boston College tied a season-high in three-pointers when the Eagles attempted 23 from long range against Clemson on Feb. 16. The Eagles hit eight from the arc, including 3-of-4 from sophomore Kristen Doherty. The last time BC took 23 three's was against Florida State on
The Eagles hit a season-high 10 three-pointers in the win over Virginia Tech on Feb. 13. Prior to the 10 made vs. the Hokies, Boston College hit nine in the previous game vs. Duke.
Boston College shot a season-high 47.6 percent (10-for-21) from the arc against Virginia Tech.
Katie Zenevitch went 4-for-5 from long range against V-Tech. It was Zenevitch's career-high in 3-pointers made in a single game. As a freshman, Zenevitch hit three against UNC and Miami.
Kerri Shields hit 5-of-8 from the arc against Virginia Tech. It was the seventh time this season that Shields hit four-or more three's in a game. It was the first time she hit five from long range this season. She leads BC with 49 three's this season. She now has 171 from beyond the arc, placing her fourth on the all-time list. Shields is fourth in the ACC in 3-point FG Made and Tessah Holt is third in percentage at 38.6 (22-for-57).
ON THE MARK
BC is 34th h in the country and first in the ACC in foul shooting (74.6%). The Eagles are (342-for-460) from the charity stripe.
Tessah Holt nailed four free throws in the final minute against Virginia Tech to seal the win and then two more vs. Clemson. She is shooting 80% from the line, while Katie Zenevitch is at 83 percent (44-of-53). She has not missed a freebie since Jan. 21.
Former BC center Kathleen Sweet `87 will be honored by the ACC Conference on Friday, March 2 at the Legend's Luncheon. Sweet played at Boston College from 1983-1987. She registered 1,006 points and 597 rebounds. Sweet is currently a lawyer in Buffalo, New York.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW
Since graduating from BC in the spring of 2011, Carolyn Swords has been on a whirlwind journey. She was in Chicago playing for the Sky through August. Swords headed to Spain in September, where she played for Joventud Mariana until Dec. 20. She then joined Instanbul University in Turkey. On Feb. 19, Swords had 11 points and 13 rebounds against Galatasaray (68-61).
Stefanie Murphy '11 was the last cut by the Conn. Sun in June. She is in Hungary playing for Pecs 2010. The team is currently at 17-2 in third place. Murphy is fourth in the league in scoring (16.1 ppg) and third rebounding (8.2 rpg). She had 22 points and 13 rebounds in a win over ZTE on Feb. 17.
Jaclyn Thoman `11 is playing for Rhein Baskets in Langen, Germany. Her team is currently 11-6 and in third place in the Bundesliga 1. Thoman posted a double-double (21 pts., 11 rebs., 5 assists) in Rhein's 85-81 triple overtime win over OKE Panthers on Feb. 11.
Aja Parham '06 has landed in Spain playing for Caja Rural (6-14). She had seven points and three rebounds in a win over Ibiza on Feb. 15 Parham is averaging 11.3 points, 4.3 rebounds in 29 minutes a game.
Former BC center Kathrin Ress '07 is taking the European season off as she is due with her first child in 2012.
Ayla Brown `10 is in Nashville, working on her country album. Brown just signed a contract to sing the national anthem at halftime of all the Philadelphia 76ers home games this season. Her 76ers debut was on Jan. 6. She also just released her new country album which you can find at: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/aylabrown2
Mickel Picco '10 moved from Texas to Los Angeles. She is working as a production assistant at a movie studio that works with reality television.
Chicago's own Brittanny Johnson `10 is an assistant high school basketball coach and does individual training with local aspiring basketball players.
Victoria Jones '09 lives in the Boston area and still running her company - MakeTheMerge.com.
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 wore pink Under Armour shirts with Clare's No. 15 on the sleeve during Play4 Kay Week.
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. 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, Nathan Gerbe signed Buffalo jersey, signed BC home hockey jersey signed by head coach Jerry York 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.