Nov. 8, 2012
Chestnut Hill, MA -
The Boston College women's basketball team will open up the 2012-13 season on the road at Boston University on Friday, November 9 in Case Gym on the campus of BU at 7 p.m. It will be the first game for new head coach Erik Johnson, who arrived in May to take over the program.
The Eagles have a tough schedule as they open up with BU, followed by Tuesday's road game at Holy Cross (7 p.m.). BC will host BYU on Thursday, Nov. 15 in the season opener at Conte Forum.
Boston College returns seven returners, including four starters - Kerri Shields, Katie Zenevitch, Kristen Doherty and Tiffany Ruffin. The Eagles also return junior Tessah Holt, sophomore Kat Cooper and sophomore Victoria Lesko.
The Eagles welcome five new faces this season, three freshman and two transfer students. The freshmen are Alexa Coulombe from Maine, Nicole Boudreau from Andover and Amber Cooper from Louisiana. The two transfers are sophomore Karima Gabriel who is from New Hampshire but played one season at DePaul. She is joined by junior Lauren Engeln, a native of California, who played two seasons at Connecticut.
BC vs. BU
The two teams have played 18 times with the series tied at 9-9.
BU defeated BC, 70-62, last season at Conte Forum. Kerri Shields led five BC players in double-figures with 14 points. Kristen Doherty added 12 points and while Katie Zenevitch added 10 points and eight boards.
Prior to last year's loss, BC had won six consecutive games.
This is Boston College women's basketball 40th season in program history. The Eagles first became a varsity program in 1972-73 under the direction of first-year coach Maureen Enos. Erik Johnson is the seventh coach in the history of the program.
Kristen Doherty led BC in steals in the last two seasons. She has recorded 113 thefts, good enough for 17th on the all-time list.
Senior Kerri Shields hit 50 three-pointers last season. The guard from Drexel Hill, PA, has made 172 long range shots, good enough for fourth on the all-time list. She is just 11 three's from tying Amber Jacobs '04 with 183 in third place. Shields shares the record for most three's made in a single game with Kindyll Dorsey '06 with eight. Shields hit eight in the win over St. Joe's in the 2011 season. Dorsey hit eight against UNH on Nov. 27, 2007 and vs. Ohio State on Nov. 21, 2006.
Junior Katie Zenevitch led BC in points (10.6 ppg.), rebounds (6.1 rpg.), blocks (21), field goal percentage (51.3 percent) and free throw percentage (84.2). Zenevitch was the only player to record a double-double last season. She recorded three double-doubles, including a 20 point, 10 rebound effort vs. Wake Forest.
Junior Tiffany Ruffin led the Eagles in assists (75) last season. Ruffin started 26 games and averaged 5.6 points a game. Her career-high in assists in a single game is nine against NC State on Feb. 23, 2012.
Fans remember to follow the Eagles game action on Twitter @bc_wbb.
Fans can also watch the BC-BU game on Friday night at 7 p.m. on line on the BU athletics website.