Boston College Tops Wolfpack Women
Jan. 20, 2011
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Five double-figure scorers for Boston College led to a 77-67 win over NC State Thursday night at Conte Forum.
BC (15-4, 2-2 ACC) senior forwards Carolyn Swords and Stephanie Murphy combined for 29 points and 25 rebounds. Most of those points came from inside the paint, where the Eagles used their size to score 40 points from close range.
Swords hauled in 19 boards and had 15 points, while Murphy had 14 points and six rebounds.
"It was a struggle for us to get shots," said head coach Kellie Harper. "We had to capitalize on every single mistake they made, and we weren't able to do that.
"I thought we had some good looks in the second half and just did not finish our shots. Obviously, I think their size affected us, but when you get looks in the paint you've got to put it in the hole."
And for a second-straight game, putting the ball in the basket was a struggle. After shooting a season-low 31.9 percent last Friday at North Carolina, the Wolfpack converted just 33.8 percent of its shot tonight in New England.
And also similar to last week in Chapel Hill, sophomore guard Marissa Kastanek led the way. A game removed from a career-high 30 points against the Tar Heels, she struck for a game-high 21, and has now knocked down 11 three-pointers over the last two games.
Her third of five three-pointers on the night made it 45-39 with 15:56 to play, after trailing 39-30 at halftime.
But like the first half, the Eagles once again had an answer for the Pack. This time it was a 16-2 run to lead 61-41 with 11:36 left. BC would take its advantage up to a 22-point, 71-49 lead for its largest margin of the contest four minutes later. The ever resilient Wolfpack put together an 18-6 run to end the game on a high note. White fueled the run with 12 of her 18 points in the stretch that spanned the final seven and half minutes of the game.
Bonae Holston added 10 points and five boards despite turning an ankle early in the first half.
Swords and Murphy accounted for the first nine Boston College points of the game for a slim 9-7 advantage four minutes into the contest.
Kastanek tied it up nine-all with a driving layup, but the Eagles answered with the game's next nine points to lead 18-9 with 13:11 left until halftime.
The margin grew to 12 points on two occasions, both after jumpers from Murphy.
Holston later cut the deficit to 31-24 with a jumper with 5:54 left in the first half.
The Pack had a chance to carve further into its deficit, but came up empty on consecutive possessions. However, at the other end BC ran off eight straight points to jump out to its largest first-half lead, 39-24.
NC State clamped down on defense and clawed back with the final six points before intermission to trail 39-30 at the break.
NC State hosts No. 3 Duke on Sunday at 5 p.m. The game is nationally televised on Fox Sports Net.