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  ACC 1st Round: #10 Virginia 74, #15 Boston College 59
Virginia Threes Knock Off Eagles
March 5, 2014

 
By JP Mundy, Photos by Orin Day

Ataira Franklin scored 25 as #10 seed Virginia knocked off #15 Boston College, 74-59.
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Ataira Franklin scored 23 points to lead the tenth-seeded Virginia Cavaliers over Boston College, 74-59 in the first round of the ACC Women's Basketball Tournament on Wednesday. Forward Sarah Imovbioh added 14 points for the Wahoos in what coach Joanne Boyle termed a "complete game."

The Cavaliers used their frenetic zone defense to force 17 Boston College turnovers, and dominated the glass, out-rebounding the Eagles by 13. Despite the loss, BC had four players in double figures scoring, led by 14 from Katie Zenevitch. With the win, Virginia advances to play seventh-seeded Georgia Tech.

Top Performers

  1. Ataira Franklin, Virginia 23 points, 5 rebounds. Franklin started cold but scored 13 first-half points. She added an even dozen in the second, after the Eagles were unable to find and answer, defensively..

  2. Sarah Imovbioh, Virginia 14 points, 7 rebounds. Imovbioh went 5-7 from the field and anchored the post for the guard-laden Wahoos.

  3. Katie Zenevitch, Boston College 14 points, 3 assists. Zenevitch did her best to try and shoot her team back into contention, but the Eagles never found the defensive spark they needed.

Game Analysis

Why Virginia won: The Wahoos were 9-20 from the 3-point line, compared to BC's 5-13.

Why Boston College lost In addition to their inability to stop Franklin, the Eagles could not match Virginia's effort on the glass, particularly the offensive glass.:

The Game Turned When...: Kelsey Wolfe banked in a long three at the shot-clock buzzer to stem a second half BC run. After that, the Cavaliers never looked back.

X-Factor: Creativity has its place in basketball, particularly in the support squads. UVa's pep band had several humorous free throw distractions. Alas, BC still shot 80 percent from the line.

Key Stat: Virginia owned the offensive glass, 13-3. BC allowed 10 extra possessions in the loss.

Areas for Improvement: BC needs to keep upgrading their talent and increasing their intensity on the defensive end of the floor and on the boards. Virginia needs to take better advantage when they have that kind of margin on the offensive glass. The 'Hoos only scored 8 second chance points.

Ramifications: Virginia gets to move on and play Ty Marshall and Coach Jo's band of Yellow Jackets. Boston College gets to go home and regroup.

They Said It: "I started the game oh-for-Wednesday. I think that as I got more into the flow of the game, I think that the game started to come to me a little easier."- Virginia guard Ataira Franklin

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Link to this Photo The oddity of a second warmup after player intros due to TV start time confusion gave us a great look at Lexie Gerson  - UVA Players: #14 Lexie Gerson
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Link to this Photo This should have been a foul on Wolfe, it illustrates the ridiculousness of turning basketball into a dangerous rugby-like game on every loose ball  - UVA Players: #10 Kelsey Wolfe - BC Tags: #13 Alexa Coulombe
This should have been a foul on Wolfe, it illustrates the ridiculousness of turning basketball into a dangerous rugby-like game on every loose ball
 
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Link to this Photo Halftime - Hoos 35, Eagles 28
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Link to this Photo Held ball to UVa pretty much ended BC hopes  - UVA Players: #42 Sarah Imovbioh - BC Tags: #45 Katie Zenevitch
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Link to this Photo Final time out with just several seconds left gave BC's band one last hurrah  - BC Players:  Boston College Band
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