March 4, 2010
BC bounces Tech from ACC Tourney
Hokies fall 62-49
Virginia Tech (15-15 (4-10 ACC)) 173249
Boston College (16-14 (6-8 ACC)) 293362
  • the Greensboro Coliseum
  • High Points: 10 - Nikki Davis
  • High Rebounds: 9 - Utahya Drye

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Seventh-seeded Boston College held 10th-seeded Virginia Tech to 30.8 percent shooting and cruised to a 62-49 victory in the first round of the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament on Thursday night the Greensboro Coliseum.

It was a stark contrast from the matchup between the two teams 11 days ago in Blacksburg, when the Hokies shot 45.3 percent en route to a 69-64 victory. Thursday marked the third time in the past four ACC Tournaments that the Hokies and Eagles have met, with BC coming out on top in two of the three contests. The Eagles improved to 16-14 with the win, while Tech fell to 15-15.

“Obviously, it was a tough offensive day for us,” Tech head coach Beth Dunkenberger said after the game. “Boston College jumped on us early and attacked the paint, and we were never able to dig out of that hole. We were a little bit more aggressive in the second half, but we weren’t able to cut into that deficit.”

The Hokies struggled to get going in the first half, falling behind by as many as 17 points before going into the locker room down 12, 29-17.

Things didn’t look good from the start, as starting point guard Nikki Davis, with less than a minute gone by, went down with an apparent aggravation of her left knee injury from earlier in the season.

Boston College then hit six of its first 10 shots, while Tech went one for its first eight, and the Eagles jumped out to a 13-2 lead within the first six minutes. The lead gradually increased to 25-8 at the 6:35 mark, but Boston College’s shooting eventually cooled down to the tune of 33 percent at the half.

Davis did return to the game, and actually scored seven of the Hokies’ nine points over the final 6:16 of the first half. Though the Eagles hit just two of their final 14 shots in the period, they were able to maintain the lead because they converted 10 offensive rebounds into nine second-chance points and held the Hokies to 19.4 percent shooting from the floor.

Things heated up in the second half, as BC went 5-of-7 and Tech went 7-of-12 over a back-and-forth first eight minutes of play. The Hokies cut the BC lead to seven on two occasions, including 36-29 at the 14:10 mark, but they would get no closer. BC would go on a 26-13 run from that point on to build a 20-point lead by the 3:09 mark.

The Hokies managed a 7-0 run to close the game, setting the final score at 62-49.

Tech was led by Davis’ 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting, including 2-of-5 from 3-point land. Senior Utahya Drye added eight points and a game-high nine rebounds, moving into eighth place on Tech’s all-time rebounding list with 645.

Boston College was paced by Stefanie Murphy’s 18 points and eight rebounds. Brittany Johnson added 10.

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