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Women's Basketbal To Host No. 3 Stanford In Home Opener

The Eagles three seniors - Kristen Doherty, Shayra Brown and Katie Zenevitch - will lead BC through the 2013-14 season.

The Eagles three seniors - Kristen Doherty, Shayra Brown and Katie Zenevitch - will lead BC through the 2013-14 season.

Nov. 8, 2013

Chestnut Hill, Mass. -

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The Boston College women's basketball team will host No. 3 Stanford on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. The game will be aired live on www.bceagles.com.  

BC finished the 2012-13 season with a 12-19 overall record while going 5-13 in the ACC. The Eagles earned a first round ACC Tournament win last season against Virginia. BC then fell to No. 16 ranked North Carolina, 62-57. the Eagles return three starters to the lineup from last year's team - Kristen Doherty, Katie Zenevitch and Nicole Boudreau. A spark off the bench will be senior Shayra Brown, junior Kat Cooper and freshmen Kelly Hughes, Emilee Daley and Kami Mickens.

BC will only play two home games in the month of November. The Eagles will head to Hempstead, NY on Monday to play Hofstra on Tuesday night. There will be a huge contigent of BC fans in attendance since the Eagles have a number NY/New Jersey natives on the roster like Kristen Doherty (Holtsville, NY), Shayra Brown (Brooklyn, NY), Kelly Hughes (Pt. Pleasant, NJ) and Victoria Lesko (Rumson, NJ)BC will then go west to play at BYU on Saturday, Nov. 16 before playing the second home game of the season against Florida International on Thursday, Nov. 21.

BC vs. Stanford

  • Stanford leads the all-time series against Boston College, 2-1.
  • Saturday's meeting will be the first since Dec. 28, 2005, when the Eagles defeated the Cardinal, 77-69, at home in Conte Forum.

Probable Starters

Swiss Army Knife

  • At the ACC Media Day, a reporter asked BC Coach Erik Johnson about Kristen Doherty and referred to her as BC's "Swiss Army Knife". Well, Johnson did not dispell the reporters thoughts and agreed and it is proven in her individual statistics last year.
  • In the 2012-13 season, Kristen Doherty played four different positions, covered the opponents top scorer and helped the Eagles bring the ball up against pressing teams. With all this, Doherty managed to lead BC in scoring (12.3 ppg.), steals (48), defensive rebounds (137) and was second in rebounds (5.7 rpg.), assists (2.7 apg.), field goals attempted (12.0 pg.) and second in field goal made (4.6 pg.).
  • She has led BC in scoring nine times and rebouding in nine games this season.
  • Doherty is the team co-captain along with senior forward Katie Zenevitch.

Hometown Favorite

  • Katie Zenevitch has been the Eagles mainstay in the middle for the last two seasons. Entering her senior season, Zenevitch's teammates voted her and Kristen Doherty the team leaders.
  • Zenevitch has developed a reputation of being an automatic two from the free throw line. She led the Eagles and was third in the ACC in free throw percentage at 81.6 percent. Her average was good enough to land in 55th at the end of the regular season last year. Zenevitch was 12-for-12 from the charity stripe against Northwestern last season.
  • The 6-foot-3 forward also led the team in field goal percentage at 50.2 percent.
  • Led the team in scoring seven times and in rebounding 16 times.
  • Recorded three double-doubles last season - vs. BYU (16 pts, 12 rebs.); vs. UNH (12 pts., 11 rebs.) and Miami (15 pts., 10 rebs.).

Andover's Finest

  • Sophomore Nicole Boudreau, a native of Andover, made an immediate impact on the program. The rookie guard, who was a two-time Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year, arrived with her long range ability. Boudreau's ability to shoot from beyond the arc helped free up then-senior Kerri Shields. The duo combined for 151 of BC's 216 three-pointers last year.
  • Boudreau, who averaged 11.1 points per game, started all 31 games last year. The last BC players to averaged double figures in scoring as a rookie were the tandem of Stefanie Murphy (14.5 ppg.) and Carolyn Swords (13.7 ppg.).
  • Boudreau was named to the All-ACC Freshman team last year and was a ACC Honor Roll honoree. She was also BC's Outstanding Freshman Female Scholar-Athlete.div>
  • Boudreau is the second leading scorer among all ACC freshman (11.1 ppg.) and No. 1 in minutes played. She also leads all ACC freshman in 3-pointers made (71).

Varsity Club Honoree

  • In early October, the Boston College Varsity Club Hall of Fame held it's annual induction banquet. This year, former BC guard Jessalyn Deveny '05 became the 12th women's basketball player to be honored by the BC Varsity Club HOF.
  • Deveny finished her career with 1,496 points, tied for seventh on the all-time scorers list. As a junior, Deveny was named the Most Outstanding Player in the Eagles only Big East Championship. She was named an All-Big East first team member that season. A late season injury ended her career as the team was preparing for the NCAA Tournament in 2005.
  • Other women's basketball players in the Hall of Fame include: Amy LaCombe '90, Ann Odoy '88, Carla (Wenger) Vicidomini '90, Sarah Behn '93, Kerri (Curran) DeShazo '94, Holly Porter '97, Kathleen Sweet '87, Leslie (Bjerstedt) Shearstone '89, Cal Bouchard '00, Becky Gottstein '03 and Amber Jacobs '04. Also honored by the Varsity Club was former head coach Margo Plotzke, who received the William J. Donlon Award in 2004.

Graduation Success

  • Boston College ranks fifth in the nation for overall Graduation Success Rate (GSR) in all sports among FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) schools, according to data released by the NCAA today.
  • BC's GSR score of 96 was topped only by Notre Dame (99), Duke (98), Stanford (97) and Northwestern (97). Only nine other schools received an overall GSR of over 90: Wake Forest (94), Rice (94), Miami, Fla. (92), Vanderbilt (91), Air Force (90), Army (90), Illinois (90), Navy (90), Virginia Tech (90).
  • In addition, the football team's score of 94 was best in the Atlantic Coast Conference and tied for third in the nation. Only eight FBS institutions received a football GSR of 90 or better. Those schools are Northwestern (97), Rice (96), Boston College (94), Notre Dame (94), Stanford (93), Air Force (93), Duke (92) and Boise State (91). Fourteen BC sports teams received a perfect GSR score of 100.
  • Those teams included men's fencing, men's golf, men's skiing, men's swimming, women's basketball, women's rowing, women's field hockey, women's ice hockey, softball, women's skiing, women's soccer, women's swimming, women's tennis and women's volleyball.

Newcomers

  • There will be a number of players donning a uniform on Saturday against Stanford for the first time. Junior Lauren Engeln from Laguna Hills, Calif., just can't wait till 1 p.m. She arrived with her laid back lifestyle but intense attitude at Boston College in the summer of 2012 after playing two seasons at UConn. She played in 55 games and averaged 1.4 points per game while playing for the Huskies. Engeln was just looking for a chance to play more minutes and is expected to start for the Eagles tonight against the No. 3 team in the country.
  • Freshman Kelly Hughes arrived at the Heights with a bit of hype after scoring over 2,500 points in high school. Hughes, whose brother Kieran is a BC practice player, has a twin sister Lauren, who is a freshman at Lafayette College.
  • She may be the shortest player on the roster but Kami Mickens will be heard from on the court. At 5-foot-5, Mickens has created havoc during practice with her relentless defensive play. Mickens, who led Southlake Carroll High School to a 31-4 record as a senior, is expected to help put pressure on offensive with her quickness and explosive play.
  • Emilee Daley is a local product from Sharon, Mass. She played at the Rivers School in Weston and averaged 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists a game as a senior. She is a solid shooter who will make her mark this season from long range.
  • Free Throws

  • Former BC forward Ayla Brown '10 will sing the National Anthem prior to the game. Brown is currently living in Nashville, Tennesse and working as a recording artist.

  • Group and individual tickets for the 2013-14 women's basketball season are still available through the BC ticket office or online at http://tinyurl.com/mvoleaa.

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