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  #11 Boston College 66, #6 Virginia 57
Eagles Outlast UVa Pressure for Upset
March 7, 2013

 
By Rob Clough, Photos by Orin Day

Tessah Holt celebrates as Boston College holds on to defeat Virginia, 66-57 Tessah Holt celebrates as Boston College holds on to defeat Virginia, 66-57
Photo by Orin Day

The Nutshell: A sloppy Virginia team came out with a lot of energy and some interesting defensive wrinkles against Boston College, but their inability to hold on to the ball and rotate over to BC's shooters wound up being their undoing. BC made a point of patiently attacking the basket in the early going instead of relying on their three point shooting, and working from inside to outside proved to be helpful as the game went on. After the first nine minutes the two teams were fairly even, as Virginia's zone and pressure caught BC a bit off guard. The Eagles adjusted and finished the half on a 14-5 run to take a ten point lead into the half. BC got some nice contributions from their bench in the half, especially from point guard Tiffany Ruffin. Coach Erik Johnson praised her in the post-game presser, and she had 3 assists in the half as BC was very aggressive in pushing the ball after forcing turnovers. Indeed, BC's switching caught UVa off guard a few times, leading to 11 points off turnovers in the half for that ten point lead.

The Eagles pushed the lead up to 13 in the second half before an 18-3 Virginia run gave them a one point lead. The Hoos turned the ball over five times during the run and missed a couple of shots, while Virginia was able to hit jumpers and get to the rim. Ataira Franklin had 9 points during the run and China Crosby had 6. The teams then went back and forth for several minutes as Kerri Shields started to hit short jumpers and then hit a three to put BC up by 4 with 6:43 left. The Eagles held Virginia at arm's length until the Hoos crawled within 59-57 and got the ball back. A crucial steal by Tessah Holt led to a basket and a foul. She missed the free throw, but the Eagles got the critical offensive board, ran off some clock, and Holt then sank 2 freebies when Virginia fouled. It was free throws all the way down after that as Virginia did not score again. The Eagles were delighted to advance to another round of play, even if UNC presents an extremely difficult matchup for them.

Top Performers:

  1. Kristen Doherty, Boston College. 15 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists. She hit big shots, moved the ball around and played great defense.

  2. Kerri Shields, Boston College. 16 points, 7 rebounds. Shields scrapped hard to lead her team in rebounds and hit a couple of key threes down the stretch.

  3. Ataira Franklin, Virginia. 17 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals. Franklin kept Virginia within range and was a big part of their second half run.

Why Boston College Won: They played a bigger Virginia team even on the boards, forced 18 turnovers and converted that into 23 points. The Eagles did a great job closing out on Virginia's shooters as well.

Why Virginia Lost: The Hoos were simply inconsistent. They were sloppy with the ball, they let BC box them out a number of times, and didn't do a good job sharing the ball. They had just 9 assists on their 21 field goals, and several of those came during their only sustained run in the game. They also were inconsistent closing out on BC's shooters.

The Game Turned When...: Tessah Holt stole the ball after Nicole Boudreau closed out on Ataira Franklin with a minute left. It took awhile for her to mosey down the floor, but she eventually got the basket and the foul that gave BC a bit of breathing room at 61-57 with :57 seconds to go.

X-Factor: Holt. It wasn't just that game-sealing play. Her ability to penetrate and either hit a short pull-up jumper, get to the basket or dish to an open teammate like Shields made BC much harder to guard. The Eagles' offense only works if there's a lot of ball movement and screens, and Holt acted as a catalyst for both.

Areas For Improvement: The Eagles have to find a way to get to the foul line more; their 9 attempts represented just how hard they had to work on offense. They also have to be careful not to pick up their dribble, especially near the sideline.

Ramifications: Virginia's season is over; sources indicate that coach Joanne Boyle feels her team is too banged up to play in the WNIT. Considering that they'll have a summer basketball tour in Africa, this may be a smart move, especially when one considers that Franklin led the ACC in minutes with 36 mpg. This is a player who is still not quite healthy. For the Eagles, it gives this relatively young team (only Shields is a senior) another chance to grow and learn, this time against a ranked opponent in UNC.

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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - BC Players: #3 Tessah Holt
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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - BC Players: Mascot Baldwin the Eagle
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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UVA Players: #20 Faith Randolph
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Link to this Photo Doherty nails a three  - BC Players: #21 Kristen Doherty
Doherty nails a three
 
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Link to this Photo Referee Maj Forsberg
Referee Maj Forsberg
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - BC Players: #11 Nicole Boudreau
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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UVA Players: Mascot Virginia Cavalier
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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UVA Players:  Virginia Band
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Link to this Photo Lexie Gerson was active on the UVa bench and helped her team tonight, but we'll look forward to seeing her back on the court next year.  - UVA Players: #14 Lexie Gerson
Lexie Gerson was active on the UVa bench and helped her team tonight, but we'll look forward to seeing her back on the court next year.
 
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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - BC Players: #3 Tessah Holt
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BC Tags: #3 Tessah Holt
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - BC Players: #3 Tessah Holt
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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UVA Players: #4 Simone Egwu - BC Tags: #45 Katie Zenevitch
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UVA Tags: #4 Simone Egwu
BC Tags: #45 Katie Zenevitch
Link to this Photo Tessah Holt's shoe  - BC Players: #3 Tessah Holt
Tessah Holt's shoe
 
BC Tags: #3 Tessah Holt

Link to this Photo Nice entry pass from Holt  - BC Players: #3 Tessah Holt
Nice entry pass from Holt
 
BC Tags: #3 Tessah Holt
Link to this Photo Erik Johnson kept his calm demeanor through the ups and downs of this game, and that probably helped his team do the same  - BC Players: Head Coach Erik Johnson
Erik Johnson kept his calm demeanor through the ups and downs of this game, and that probably helped his team do the same
 
BC Tags: Head Coach Erik Johnson
Link to this Photo What a great screen for Doherty by Coulombe! #teammate  - BC Players: #21 Kristen Doherty, #13 Alexa Coulombe
What a great screen for Doherty by Coulombe! #teammate
 
BC Tags: #21 Kristen Doherty, #13 Alexa Coulombe

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Link to this Photo After the foul  - UVA Players: #20 Faith Randolph
After the foul
 
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Link to this Photo Hand of friendship  - UVA Players: #4 Simone Egwu - BC Tags: #11 Nicole Boudreau
Hand of friendship
 
UVA Tags: #4 Simone Egwu
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Link to this Photo Doherty's three on BC's last possession of the first half put them up 32-22  - BC Players: #21 Kristen Doherty
Doherty's three on BC's last possession of the first half put them up 32-22
 
BC Tags: #21 Kristen Doherty

Link to this Photo Coach Johnson is not applauding referee Bryan Brunette  - BC Players: Head Coach Erik Johnson
Coach Johnson is not applauding referee Bryan Brunette
 
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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UVA Players: #1 China Crosby
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Link to this Photo At 5'10
At 5'10" Kerri Shields led BC with 7 rebounds, through sheer effort
 
UVA Tags: #42 Sarah Imovbioh
BC Tags: #10 Kerri Shields

Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UVA Players: #20 Faith Randolph
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Link to this Photo Not quite in focus, but good sportsmanship is worth being illustrated
Not quite in focus, but good sportsmanship is worth being illustrated

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Link to this Photo The high-water mark for BC
The high-water mark for BC

Link to this Photo Virginia started a fierce comeback  - UVA Players: #1 China Crosby - BC Tags: #3 Tessah Holt
Virginia started a fierce comeback
 
UVA Tags: #1 China Crosby
BC Tags: #3 Tessah Holt
Link to this Photo Gerson, Barnette, and Wolfe.  Gerson would soon shed the jacket.  Future coach?  I wouldn't bet against it.  - UVA Players: #3 Sarah Beth Barnette, #10 Kelsey Wolfe, #14 Lexie Gerson
Gerson, Barnette, and Wolfe. Gerson would soon shed the jacket. Future coach? I wouldn't bet against it.
 
UVA Tags: #3 Sarah Beth Barnette, #10 Kelsey Wolfe, #14 Lexie Gerson

Link to this Photo The Virginia comeback has begun  - UVA Players: #1 China Crosby
The Virginia comeback has begun
 
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Link to this Photo To say the Virginia pressure defense at this point was fierce might be an understatement  - UVA Players: #20 Faith Randolph - BC Tags: #21 Kristen Doherty
To say the Virginia pressure defense at this point was fierce might be an understatement
 
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Link to this Photo Virginia apparently didn't realize it was a full media time out, ending up on the court with the t-shirt gun at full tilt
Virginia apparently didn't realize it was a full media time out, ending up on the court with the t-shirt gun at full tilt
Link to this Photo Franklin cuts the UVa deficit to five  - UVA Players: #23 Ataira Franklin - BC Tags: #3 Tessah Holt
Franklin cuts the UVa deficit to five
 
UVA Tags: #23 Ataira Franklin
BC Tags: #3 Tessah Holt

Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UVA Players: #23 Ataira Franklin
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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UVA Players: #23 Ataira Franklin - BC Tags: #11 Nicole Boudreau
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Link to this Photo Ataira Franklin's somewhat unusual shoes  - UVA Players: #23 Ataira Franklin
Ataira Franklin's somewhat unusual shoes
 
UVA Tags: #23 Ataira Franklin
Link to this Photo Boudreau's straight-on three gave BC a six point cushion  - BC Players: #11 Nicole Boudreau
Boudreau's straight-on three gave BC a six point cushion
 
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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UVA Players: Head Coach Joanne Boyle
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Link to this Photo Crosby. 40-36 BC.  - BC Players: #13 Alexa Coulombe
Crosby. 40-36 BC.
 
BC Tags: #13 Alexa Coulombe

Link to this Photo And one!  - UVA Players: #1 China Crosby - BC Tags: #13 Alexa Coulombe
And one!
 
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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - BC Players:  Boston College Cheerleaders
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Link to this Photo Virginia has shut off the middle and BC has gone stone cold  - BC Players: #21 Kristen Doherty
Virginia has shut off the middle and BC has gone stone cold
 
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Link to this Photo Hoos reclaim the lead, 42-40  - UVA Players: #23 Ataira Franklin
Hoos reclaim the lead, 42-40
 
UVA Tags: #23 Ataira Franklin
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UVA Players: #3 Sarah Beth Barnette, #14 Lexie Gerson
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Link to this Photo Coach Boyle working for every call  - UVA Players: Head Coach Joanne Boyle
Coach Boyle working for every call
 
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Link to this Photo Finally BC hits a jumper, leads 44-42  - UVA Players: #20 Faith Randolph - BC Tags: #10 Kerri Shields
Finally BC hits a jumper, leads 44-42
 
UVA Tags: #20 Faith Randolph
BC Tags: #10 Kerri Shields
Link to this Photo Franklin stripped in the lane  - UVA Players: #23 Ataira Franklin
Franklin stripped in the lane
 
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Link to this Photo Imovbioh picks up the loose ball, hoop ties it, free throw to come  - UVA Players: #42 Sarah Imovbioh
Imovbioh picks up the loose ball, hoop ties it, free throw to come
 
UVA Tags: #42 Sarah Imovbioh
Link to this Photo Perfect for Virgina's last lead, 45-44  - UVA Players: #42 Sarah Imovbioh
Perfect for Virgina's last lead, 45-44
 
UVA Tags: #42 Sarah Imovbioh

Link to this Photo Relentless pressure  - UVA Players: #30 Telia McCall, #42 Sarah Imovbioh
Relentless pressure
 
UVA Tags: #30 Telia McCall, #42 Sarah Imovbioh
Link to this Photo Shields missed this three, but amazingly converted her own rebound for a 1 point BC lead.  - BC Players: #10 Kerri Shields
Shields missed this three, but amazingly converted her own rebound for a 1 point BC lead.
 
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Link to this Photo Zenevitch hoop & harm, BC goes up 51-46  - BC Players: #45 Katie Zenevitch
Zenevitch hoop & harm, BC goes up 51-46
 
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Link to this Photo Dagger of a three from Shields, 57-51 BC with 3:50 to play  - BC Players: #10 Kerri Shields
Dagger of a three from Shields, 57-51 BC with 3:50 to play
 
BC Tags: #10 Kerri Shields

Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UVA Players: #23 Ataira Franklin - BC Tags: #10 Kerri Shields
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UVA Tags: #23 Ataira Franklin
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Link to this Photo A miss  - UVA Players: #23 Ataira Franklin - BC Tags: #10 Kerri Shields, #21 Kristen Doherty
A miss
 
UVA Tags: #23 Ataira Franklin
BC Tags: #10 Kerri Shields, #21 Kristen Doherty

Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - BC Players:  Boston College Cheerleaders
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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - BC Players: Mascot Baldwin the Eagle
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Link to this Photo Holt fouls to stop the Crosby layup  - UVA Players: #1 China Crosby - BC Tags: #3 Tessah Holt
Holt fouls to stop the Crosby layup
 
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Link to this Photo
"Oh no!"
 
UVA Tags: #1 China Crosby
BC Tags: #3 Tessah Holt
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - BC Players: Head Coach Erik Johnson
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Link to this Photo Coach Boyle wanted the ball in
Coach Boyle wanted the ball in "Frankie's" hands as Virginia desperately tried to close the gap
 
UVA Tags: #23 Ataira Franklin
Link to this Photo Virginia's last points, 59-57 BC with 1:27 to play  - UVA Players: #23 Ataira Franklin
Virginia's last points, 59-57 BC with 1:27 to play
 
UVA Tags: #23 Ataira Franklin
Link to this Photo Holt fouled by Franklin and BC can feel it  - BC Players: #3 Tessah Holt
Holt fouled by Franklin and BC can feel it
 
BC Tags: #3 Tessah Holt

Link to this Photo Holt would sink both free throws for a 63-57 Eagle lead with 42 seconds left  - BC Players: #3 Tessah Holt
Holt would sink both free throws for a 63-57 Eagle lead with 42 seconds left
 
BC Tags: #3 Tessah Holt
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UVA Players: Head Coach Joanne Boyle
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Link to this Photo Hoping free throws will seal it  - BC Players: Mascot Baldwin the Eagle,  Boston College Cheerleaders
Hoping free throws will seal it
 
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Link to this Photo Ballgame - BC advances to face UNC in Friday's nightcap.  A great Thursday for the ACC's rookie coaches in Johnson and Hoover.  - BC Players: Head Coach Erik Johnson
Ballgame - BC advances to face UNC in Friday's nightcap. A great Thursday for the ACC's rookie coaches in Johnson and Hoover.
 
BC Tags: Head Coach Erik Johnson

Link to this Photo BC players celebrate by the band  - BC Players: #21 Kristen Doherty, #44 Kat Cooper, #45 Katie Zenevitch
BC players celebrate by the band
 
BC Tags: #21 Kristen Doherty, #44 Kat Cooper, #45 Katie Zenevitch
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - BC Players: #45 Katie Zenevitch
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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - BC Players:  Boston College Band
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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - BC Players: #21 Kristen Doherty
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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - BC Players: #11 Nicole Boudreau
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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - BC Players: #11 Nicole Boudreau
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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - BC Players: #45 Katie Zenevitch, #13 Alexa Coulombe
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Link to this Photo Hand of friendship... from Coach Johnson!  - BC Players: #10 Kerri Shields
Hand of friendship... from Coach Johnson!
 
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