GREENSBORO, N.C. - The 10th-seeded Virginia Tech Hokies fell 57-47 to seventh-seeded Boston College in the first round of the 2008 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament on Thursday evening at Greensboro Coliseum. It was the second 10-point loss to the Eagles for Tech this season, as BC won 63-53 in Blacksburg on Jan. 3. It was also a rematch of the 2007 first round ACC tournament game, which the Hokies won 60-54 in overtime. With the loss, Tech was eliminated from the tournament and dropped to 15-15 on the season. The Eagles, who were picked to finish 11th in the ACC's preseason poll, improved to 20-10 and will face Maryland in the tournament's quarterfinal round on Friday. The Hokies opened the game with a sluggish start and were never able to bounce back, and they trailed 27-15 at intermission. Boston College jumped out to an 11-2 lead from the opening tip, and Tech didn't reach double digits until four minutes remained and Andrea Barbour hit a jumper to make it 21-10. The 15 points was the fewest scored by the Hokies in a single half this season, and they hit on just 25 percent of their field goals in the first 20 minutes. "We obviously struggled offensively in the first half to get things going, and I thought some of that stemmed from our lack of intensity on the defensive end - we only had two steals [in the first half]," Tech head coach Beth Dunkenberger said. "We didn't force the tempo at all with our defense and we got away from our game plan. In the second half, we had a little bit of a run, but it just wasn't enough to overcome that really slow first half." As has been the case all season, the Hokies balanced out a poor half with a pretty good one, and they shot 53.8 percent in the final stanza. Brittany Cook and Eleanor Brentnall put together an 8-2 run early on to get Tech within 10, and Lindsay Biggs 3-pointer at 12:24 cut the deficit to nine at 36-27. That was as close as the Hokies would get, however, as BC's talented freshman post players, ACC Freshman of the Year Stefanie Murphy and all-rookie team member Carolyn Swords, combined for 26 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Eagles to their first ACC Tournament win since joining the league. Barbour led the Hokies with 13 points and six rebounds on 6-of-12 shooting, while Cook tallied 10 points on 4-of-8 from the field. With her second free throw at the 14:38 mark of the first half, Cook became the 21st player and eighth junior in Tech history to reach the 1,000-point plateau. She finished the game with 1,006 points. Since the Hokies own a .500 winning percentage, they are eligible for a post-season bid and must wait 11 days to learn their fate. The Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) will release its bracket late on Monday, March 17.
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