CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- A career-high 27 points by Shanel Harrison proved to be not quite enough as Boston College, behind a near perfect shooting night from Carolyn Swords, defeated Virginia Tech, 76-71, Thursday evening at the Conte Forum on the Boston College campus. The Eagles snapped a three-game losing streak to improve to 16-7 overall and 3-5 in the ACC, while the Hokies dropped their ninth straight to fall to 9-13 on the year and 0-8 in the league.
After leading 38-37 at the half, Tech quickly built the advantage to seven points (49-42) on a Harrison jumper just before the first media timeout. The Eagles began to chip away behind the strong inside play of the 6-6 Swords, who ended the night with a game-high 28 points and 11 rebounds, and caught the Hokies at 55-55 with just over eight minutes remaining in the game.
The teams battled evenly over the next four minutes, before a 7-2 run gave the Eagles a 69-64 lead. Harrison (Jr., Washington, D.C.) made good on one of two free throws and a Brittney Gordon (Sr., Howard County, Md..) offensive rebound which was followed by Alyssa Fenyn’s (So., Newark, N.Y.) layup quickly cut into the lead. Fenyn then stole the inbounds pass and hit another layup and the subsequent foul shot to give Tech a 65-64 lead with 3:04 left in the contest.
Boston College responded with a 8-2 run over the next two minutes to regain control at 72-67. Two Harrison charity tosses made it a one-possession game, but four free throws by Kerri Shields sandwiched around a Brittni Montgomery (Fr., Ft. Pierce, Fla.) layup provided the final margin.
Both teams shot well from the free throw line with the Eagles connecting on 22-of-24 and Tech hitting on 19-of-23. The Hokies shot 45.5 percent (25-55) from the field, while Boston College made 44.6 percent (25-56) from the floor. Swords was a perfect 11-of-11 from the field and 6-of-7 at the free throw line.
Due to weather problems, the Hokies Wednesday night flight to Boston was aborted and the team actually flew up for the game on Thursday and arrived back on the Tech campus around 2 a.m.
Harrison was joined in double figures by Fenyn with 16 points and Nikki Davis (Sr., Lexington, Ky.) added nine points.
In addition to Swords, Boston College had Stefanie Murphy and Jaclyn Thoman toss in 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Tech will return to action on Sun., Feb. 6,, when the Hokies play host to Wake Forest for a 2 p.m., contest in Cassell Coliseum.
There are several promotions for Sunday’s contest with the Demon Deacons including Family Four Packs, the Hokie Book Challenge, Clix Portrait Studios photos with the HokieBird and a postgame poster signing by senior Brittany Gordon. For more information, go to hokiesports.com/promotions.
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