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Shayra Brown

Shayra Brown

Dec. 7, 2011

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Sophomores Shayra Brown and Tiffany Ruffin combined for 36 points, as Boston College (3-4) pulled away in the second half to defeat UMass (1-7), 80-64, in a back-and-forth battle at Conte Forum on Wednesday evening.

Brown and Ruffin tallied 18 points apiece in the victory. It was a career-high for Ruffin, who also had two three-pointers and two boards. Nine of Brown's points came from the foul line as she went 9-for-9 from the line.

Sophomore Katie Zenevitch was aggressive in the paint for the Eagles, pulling down 10 rebounds in the first half to become the first Eagles to record double-digit rebounds in a half since Carolyn Swords registered 18 against NC State on Jan. 20, 2011. Zenevitch ended the game with 12 rebounds and eight points.

Freshman Joy Caracciolo performed well off the bench, tallying career-bests in points (10) and rebounds (9). Sophomore Kristen Doherty rounded out the double-digit scorers for the Eagles with 10 points.

BC shot just 38.7 percent from the field compared to UMass' 41.8 percent, but the Eagles out-rebounded the Minutewomen, 48-23. BC also controlled the ball well, turning in a season-low eight turnovers. Boston College was strong from the line as well, hitting 28-29 (96.6 percent) free throws.

After a back-and-forth battle in the first half, the Eagles gained momentum in the second half to break the game open. UMass recorded a 7-4 run in the first two minutes of the second half to take the lead, going up 37-36. Junior Kerri Shields hit a jumper from beyond the arc, but UMass' Emilie Teuscher followed with three of her own to make it 40-39 in favor of UMass. The teams continued to trade baskets and the lead over the next five minutes, with neither team able to pull away.

BC used a 4-0 run to finally gain the buffer it needed, taking a 50-46 lead with 12:15 to play and never looking back. UMass hit a jumper, but BC scored eight consecutive points to take a 59-48 lead with 8:22 to go. The Eagles used a 22-16 run in the final eight minutes of play to secure the 80-64 victory.

UMass won the tipoff at the start of the game, but BC got on the board first with a long two-point jumper from Zenevitch. The teams scored just one bucket apiece in the next two minutes to give BC a slim 4-2 lead with just less than 16 minutes to play in the half.

Doherty scored for the Eagles, but UMass used a 5-0 run to take a 9-6 lead with 13 minutes left in the half. BC was able to pull within three on a layup from Zenevitch, cutting the Minutewomen's lead to 13-10, but Jasmine Watson scored a bucket from the paint to extend the UMass lead to five with 11:10 left in the half.

UMass took an 18-17 lead with 9:02 to play. The teams traded baskets over the next five minutes, with the Minutewomen outscoring the Eagles, 10-7, to take a 28-24 advantage with 3:28 to play in the half. Brown scored five consecutive points to give the Eagles a 29-28 lead.

Kim Pierre-Louis hit a jumper for UMass to regain the lead, but Zenevitch pulled down a rebound with seven seconds to play and dished the ball to Ruffin, who hustled down the court to score on a running jumper from just over the half court line, sending BC to the locker room, up 32-30.

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