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  #3 UNC 62, #11 Boston College 57
Eagles Match Heels For 38 Minutes
March 8, 2013

 
By Rob Clough, Photos by Orin Day

The Nutshell: In a listless, disinterested performance, UNC managed to shake off a self-destructing Boston College team in the final minute. That's thanks to a spirited and tough-minded performance by iron-willed senior leader Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, who scored the game-sealing basket and then added insurance with some free throws. Ruffin-Pratt essentially waved off her teammates down the stretch, knowing that she could depend only on herself to save her team. Her 11-12 performance from the foul line was by far the most impressive set of numbers from an otherwise forgettable game from the Heels. What was odd about this game was that UNC crushed BC twice with ease in the regular season and has been pretty good about putting lesser teams away relatively early. After going up by 7 in the first half, they let BC hang around and hang around for the majority of the game.

It's not like BC overachieved just to stay in the game. Indeed, they threw the ball away repeatedly, missed layups, and missed 8 of 19 foul shots. To show how poorly each team was executing, neither was able to make very much out of the other team's turnovers: points off turnovers was 11-8 in BC's favor despite a combined 38 miscues, and second-chance points was 8-4 in BC's favor despite a combined 24 offensive rebounds. The Eagles had repeated chances to go ahead in the second half and could never manage to do it. That slightly psychological edge kept the Heels in a position of control. The one thing UNC did well was shoot the three (5-10, including a couple of rare treys from Krista Gross). Moreover, they didn't jack up too many threes. UNC knew they needed to go inside as much as possible; they simply didn't do it very well. BC did get good play from their role players, as guard Tessah Holt had 12 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals. Nicole Boudreau hit 5 of 6 from distance. However, the Eagles weren't going to win a game where Kristen Doherty and Katie Zenevitch were so ineffective. Some of that was due to UNC's defense, but they missed many easy shots. As UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell said after the game, "We survived." Style points are not awarded in tournament play, and the Heels will have a chance to up their game against a great opponent in Maryland.

Top Performers:

  1. Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, UNC. 19 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals. She was the only Heel who was fully engaged the whole time, and she made all the key plays down the stretch.

  2. Krista Gross, UNC. 10 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks. Gross hit a couple of threes that wound up being fairly important.

  3. Kerri Shields, BC. 14 points, 7 rebounds. The senior kept her team in the game in the first half.

Why UNC Won: Simply put, they had more talent, size and depth than the Eagles. They certainly didn't win because of effort, energy or execution.

Why Boston College Lost: Going just 11-19 from the foul line in a close game is a surefire way for an upset-seeking team to fall short. Two of their three big guns (Katie Zenevitch and Kristen Doherty) combined to shoot 2-19 from the field, many of them chippies.

The Game Turned When...: Ruffin-Pratt drove and hit a layup with 39 seconds left to put UNC up by 5. BC ran out of time from there and TRP wound up sinking 2 free throws for good measure.

X-Factor: Shot-blocking. The Heels didn't take care of the ball and committed 19 fouls, but they did protect the rim with 8 blocks. That prevented several potential easy layups as well as one jumpshot.

Areas For Improvement: The Heels came into the game looking like they thought they'd blow BC off the floor, went up 14-7, and then promptly went into hibernation the rest of the half, scoring just 9 points in the final twelve minutes. Every minute that they didn't put the Eagles away gave them more confidence, and the Heels needed to assert themselves quickly. Instead, they got a dogfight they were fortunate to win.

Ramifications: The Heels avoided a really embarrassing loss and at least got a chance to clear the cobwebs without paying the price. I imagine coach Sylvia Hatchell will have their full attention as they prepare to play Maryland tomorrow. The Eagles took their lumps during Erik Johnson's first season in Chestnut Hill, but they developed great chemistry and lose only Kerri Shields. With a few more skilled and quick players, this will be a team that will be annoying ACC foes for a long time.

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Link to this Photo Baldwin got to fly south for some beautiful ACC Tournament weather, and stuck around until Friday!  - BC Players: Mascot Baldwin the Eagle
Baldwin got to fly south for some beautiful ACC Tournament weather, and stuck around until Friday!
 
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Link to this Photo First basket  - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle
First basket
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle
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UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle

Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - BC Players: #45 Katie Zenevitch
ACCWBBDigest Photo
 
BC Tags: #45 Katie Zenevitch
Link to this Photo TRP forces a turnover  - UNC Players: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt - BC Tags: #10 Kerri Shields
TRP forces a turnover
 
UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
BC Tags: #10 Kerri Shields
Link to this Photo Now why can't we get him to do that at home!
Now why can't we get him to do that at home!

Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - BC Players: Head Coach Erik Johnson
ACCWBBDigest Photo
 
BC Tags: Head Coach Erik Johnson
Link to this Photo After the Rolle foul  - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle - BC Tags: #3 Tessah Holt
After the Rolle foul
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle
BC Tags: #3 Tessah Holt
Link to this Photo This didn't look like it would end well...  - UNC Players: #34 Xylina McDaniel - BC Tags: #21 Kristen Doherty, #13 Alexa Coulombe
This didn't look like it would end well...
 
UNC Tags: #34 Xylina McDaniel
BC Tags: #21 Kristen Doherty, #13 Alexa Coulombe

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Link to this Photo ...and it didn't. Ouch!  - UNC Players: #34 Xylina McDaniel - BC Tags: #21 Kristen Doherty, #13 Alexa Coulombe
...and it didn't. Ouch!
 
UNC Tags: #34 Xylina McDaniel
BC Tags: #21 Kristen Doherty, #13 Alexa Coulombe
Link to this Photo Brown gives BC a 15-14 lead with 9:02 left in the first half, and one.  - BC Players: #20 Shayra Brown
Brown gives BC a 15-14 lead with 9:02 left in the first half, and one.
 
BC Tags: #20 Shayra Brown

Link to this Photo Brown celebrates the hoop and harm.  - BC Players: #20 Shayra Brown
Brown celebrates the hoop and harm.
 
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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - BC Players: Head Coach Erik Johnson
ACCWBBDigest Photo
 
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Link to this Photo Boudreau joking around with veteran ref Wesley Dean  - BC Players: #11 Nicole Boudreau
Boudreau joking around with veteran ref Wesley Dean
 
BC Tags: #11 Nicole Boudreau

Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - BC Players: #11 Nicole Boudreau
ACCWBBDigest Photo
 
BC Tags: #11 Nicole Boudreau
Link to this Photo Rountree rejected by Zenevitch (see three hands on the ball?)  - UNC Players: #11 Brittany Rountree - BC Tags: #45 Katie Zenevitch
Rountree rejected by Zenevitch (see three hands on the ball?)
 
UNC Tags: #11 Brittany Rountree
BC Tags: #45 Katie Zenevitch
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - BC Players:  Boston College Cheerleaders
ACCWBBDigest Photo
 
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Link to this Photo Tierra Ruffin-Pratt and Kristen Doherty strive for a loose ball  - UNC Players: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt - BC Tags: #21 Kristen Doherty
Tierra Ruffin-Pratt and Kristen Doherty strive for a loose ball
 
UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
BC Tags: #21 Kristen Doherty
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - BC Players: #10 Kerri Shields
ACCWBBDigest Photo
 
BC Tags: #10 Kerri Shields

Link to this Photo Tierra Ruffin-Pratt shoots a long two over Kerri Shields as BC Coach Erik Johnson and referee Wesley Dean watch from the sidelines  - UNC Players: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt - BC Tags: Head Coach Erik Johnson, #10 Kerri Shields
Tierra Ruffin-Pratt shoots a long two over Kerri Shields as BC Coach Erik Johnson and referee Wesley Dean watch from the sidelines
 
UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
BC Tags: Head Coach Erik Johnson, #10 Kerri Shields
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - BC Players: #31 Tiffany Ruffin
ACCWBBDigest Photo
 
BC Tags: #31 Tiffany Ruffin

Link to this Photo Gross goes high to challenge a Doherty jumper  - UNC Players: #21 Krista Gross - BC Tags: #21 Kristen Doherty
Gross goes high to challenge a Doherty jumper
 
UNC Tags: #21 Krista Gross
BC Tags: #21 Kristen Doherty
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - BC Players: #21 Kristen Doherty
ACCWBBDigest Photo
 
BC Tags: #21 Kristen Doherty
Link to this Photo Waltiea Rolle challenged in the paint by Alexa Coulombe  - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle - BC Tags: #13 Alexa Coulombe
Waltiea Rolle challenged in the paint by Alexa Coulombe
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle
BC Tags: #13 Alexa Coulombe

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Link to this Photo Tie-up  - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle - BC Tags: #45 Katie Zenevitch
Tie-up
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle
BC Tags: #45 Katie Zenevitch
Link to this Photo Good grief they're working hard for this one!  - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle - BC Tags: #45 Katie Zenevitch
Good grief they're working hard for this one!
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle
BC Tags: #45 Katie Zenevitch

Link to this Photo The calm sideline demeanor of Erik Johnson  - BC Players: Head Coach Erik Johnson
The calm sideline demeanor of Erik Johnson
 
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Link to this Photo Coach Johnson with Wesley Dean  - BC Players: Head Coach Erik Johnson
Coach Johnson with Wesley Dean
 
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Link to this Photo Refs are letting them play  - UNC Players: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt - BC Tags: #13 Alexa Coulombe
Refs are letting them play
 
UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
BC Tags: #13 Alexa Coulombe
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle
ACCWBBDigest Photo
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Link to this Photo Foul on Shields  - UNC Players: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt - BC Tags: #10 Kerri Shields
Foul on Shields
 
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Link to this Photo Shields pretty much got her money's worth  - UNC Players: #34 Xylina McDaniel - BC Tags: #10 Kerri Shields
Shields pretty much got her money's worth
 
UNC Tags: #34 Xylina McDaniel
BC Tags: #10 Kerri Shields
Link to this Photo Xylina made one of two free throws, tying the game at 23.  BC would not retake the lead.  - UNC Players: #34 Xylina McDaniel
Xylina made one of two free throws, tying the game at 23. BC would not retake the lead.
 
UNC Tags: #34 Xylina McDaniel
Link to this Photo TRP hits with 7 seconds left in the half, giving UNC a 25-23 lead at the break  - UNC Players: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
TRP hits with 7 seconds left in the half, giving UNC a 25-23 lead at the break
 
UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt

Link to this Photo BC huddle before the second half starts
BC huddle before the second half starts
Link to this Photo Carolina bench  - UNC Players: Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell
Carolina bench
 
UNC Tags: Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell

Link to this Photo Hoop and harm for TRP  - UNC Players: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt - BC Tags: #10 Kerri Shields
Hoop and harm for TRP
 
UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
BC Tags: #10 Kerri Shields
Link to this Photo Doherty answers the TRP old fashioned three point play with a trey  - UNC Players: #11 Brittany Rountree - BC Tags: #21 Kristen Doherty
Doherty answers the TRP old fashioned three point play with a trey
 
UNC Tags: #11 Brittany Rountree
BC Tags: #21 Kristen Doherty
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UNC Players: #11 Brittany Rountree - BC Tags: #3 Tessah Holt
ACCWBBDigest Photo
 
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Link to this Photo Refs are indeed letting them play  - UNC Players: #11 Brittany Rountree - BC Tags: #45 Katie Zenevitch
Refs are indeed letting them play
 
UNC Tags: #11 Brittany Rountree
BC Tags: #45 Katie Zenevitch
Link to this Photo Tumbling run  - UNC Players:  UNC Cheerleaders
Tumbling run
 
UNC Tags: UNC Cheerleaders
Link to this Photo What you think is going to happen...  - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle - BC Tags: #20 Shayra Brown
What you think is going to happen...
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle
BC Tags: #20 Shayra Brown

Link to this Photo ...did happen (rejection by Rolle)  - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle - BC Tags: #20 Shayra Brown
...did happen (rejection by Rolle)
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle
BC Tags: #20 Shayra Brown
Link to this Photo Coulombe returns the favor, rejecting Rolle on the other end  - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle - BC Tags: #13 Alexa Coulombe
Coulombe returns the favor, rejecting Rolle on the other end
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle
BC Tags: #13 Alexa Coulombe
Link to this Photo Rolle could not stick back her own rebound  - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Rolle could not stick back her own rebound
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle

Link to this Photo With the Heels up three, Holt fouled by Gross.  - UNC Players: #21 Krista Gross - BC Tags: #3 Tessah Holt
With the Heels up three, Holt fouled by Gross.
 
UNC Tags: #21 Krista Gross
BC Tags: #3 Tessah Holt
Link to this Photo After the foul  - BC Players: #3 Tessah Holt
After the foul
 
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Link to this Photo Holt on the line, making one of two.  41-39 Heels.  - BC Players: #3 Tessah Holt
Holt on the line, making one of two. 41-39 Heels.
 
BC Tags: #3 Tessah Holt
Link to this Photo Rountree left alone. 43-39 Heels.  - UNC Players: #11 Brittany Rountree
Rountree left alone. 43-39 Heels.
 
UNC Tags: #11 Brittany Rountree
Link to this Photo #3 on Buckland  - UNC Players: #3 Megan Buckland
#3 on Buckland
 
UNC Tags: #3 Megan Buckland

Link to this Photo Zenevitch the second Eagle to hit one of two freebies. 43-40 Heels.  - BC Players: #45 Katie Zenevitch
Zenevitch the second Eagle to hit one of two freebies. 43-40 Heels.
 
BC Tags: #45 Katie Zenevitch
Link to this Photo Hand of friendship  - UNC Players: #34 Xylina McDaniel - BC Tags: #13 Alexa Coulombe
Hand of friendship
 
UNC Tags: #34 Xylina McDaniel
BC Tags: #13 Alexa Coulombe

Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - BC Players:  Boston College Band
ACCWBBDigest Photo
 
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Link to this Photo The ultimate free throw distraction, a giant blimp, did not faze Tierra Ruffin-Pratt one bit.  Heels go up 45-41.  - UNC Players: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
The ultimate free throw distraction, a giant blimp, did not faze Tierra Ruffin-Pratt one bit. Heels go up 45-41.
 
UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt

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Link to this Photo Brown broke the streak of BC free throw shooters making 1-2, hitting both.  Eagles trail 47-46 with 10:20 left.  - BC Players: #20 Shayra Brown
Brown broke the streak of BC free throw shooters making 1-2, hitting both. Eagles trail 47-46 with 10:20 left.
 
BC Tags: #20 Shayra Brown
Link to this Photo Foul on the floor by TRP  - UNC Players: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt - BC Tags: #20 Shayra Brown
Foul on the floor by TRP
 
UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
BC Tags: #20 Shayra Brown
Link to this Photo Brown missed the front end  - UNC Players: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt - BC Tags: #20 Shayra Brown
Brown missed the front end
 
UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
BC Tags: #20 Shayra Brown

Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UNC Players: Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell
ACCWBBDigest Photo
 
UNC Tags: Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - BC Players: #20 Shayra Brown
ACCWBBDigest Photo
 
BC Tags: #20 Shayra Brown
Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - BC Players: #11 Nicole Boudreau
ACCWBBDigest Photo
 
BC Tags: #11 Nicole Boudreau

Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - BC Players: Head Coach Erik Johnson
ACCWBBDigest Photo
 
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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle
ACCWBBDigest Photo
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Link to this Photo Coach Hatchell sends Danielle Butts in after Megan Buckland's fourth foul  - UNC Players: #10 Danielle Butts, Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell
Coach Hatchell sends Danielle Butts in after Megan Buckland's fourth foul
 
UNC Tags: #10 Danielle Butts, Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell

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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - BC Players: Head Coach Erik Johnson, #10 Kerri Shields, #11 Nicole Boudreau
ACCWBBDigest Photo
 
BC Tags: Head Coach Erik Johnson, #10 Kerri Shields, #11 Nicole Boudreau
Link to this Photo Did not like the call on Buckland  - UNC Players: Assistant Coach Andrew Calder
Did not like the call on Buckland
 
UNC Tags: Assistant Coach Andrew Calder

Link to this Photo Holt makes it a one point game with two perfect free throws. 52-51 Heels with 5:37 left.  - BC Players: #3 Tessah Holt
Holt makes it a one point game with two perfect free throws. 52-51 Heels with 5:37 left.
 
BC Tags: #3 Tessah Holt
Link to this Photo Gross tracks a defensive rebound as BC missed a potentially game changing three  - UNC Players: #21 Krista Gross - BC Tags: #21 Kristen Doherty
Gross tracks a defensive rebound as BC missed a potentially game changing three
 
UNC Tags: #21 Krista Gross
BC Tags: #21 Kristen Doherty
Link to this Photo My lens will miss the hair of Tierra Ruffin-Pratt  - UNC Players: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
My lens will miss the hair of Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
 
UNC Tags: #44 Tierra Ruffin-Pratt

Link to this Photo Heels go up 54-51.  - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Heels go up 54-51.
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle
Link to this Photo Foul #3 on Rolle, hoop and harm for Holt  - UNC Players: #32 Waltiea Rolle - BC Tags: #45 Katie Zenevitch
Foul #3 on Rolle, hoop and harm for Holt
 
UNC Tags: #32 Waltiea Rolle
BC Tags: #45 Katie Zenevitch
Link to this Photo BC bench celebrates the Rolle foul and chance to tie  - BC Players: #20 Shayra Brown
BC bench celebrates the Rolle foul and chance to tie
 
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Link to this Photo ACCWBBDigest Photo  - BC Players: Head Coach Erik Johnson, Assistant Coach Shelley Sheets
ACCWBBDigest Photo
 
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Link to this Photo Holt missed the game tying free throw  - BC Players: #3 Tessah Holt
Holt missed the game tying free throw
 
BC Tags: #3 Tessah Holt
Link to this Photo Break in the action
Break in the action

Link to this Photo Referee Wesley Dean
Referee Wesley Dean
Link to this Photo Doherty misses in the final half-minute with the Heels up 5  - BC Players: #21 Kristen Doherty
Doherty misses in the final half-minute with the Heels up 5
 
BC Tags: #21 Kristen Doherty
Link to this Photo Shields hits with 5 seconds left to make it 62-57 UNC, BC's first score since the 2:33 mark.  - BC Players: #10 Kerri Shields
Shields hits with 5 seconds left to make it 62-57 UNC, BC's first score since the 2:33 mark.
 
BC Tags: #10 Kerri Shields

Link to this Photo Tar Heels huddle after their 62-57 win, advancing to face Maryland in the second semifinal
Tar Heels huddle after their 62-57 win, advancing to face Maryland in the second semifinal


 

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