Virginia women beat Boston College 72-41 in ACCs
GREENSBORO, N.C.—Ataira Franklin scored 20 points to help Virginia beat Boston College 72-41 in Thursday's first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.
Ariana Moorer also scored 20 for the sixth-seeded Cavaliers (22-9), who led big all night to give first-year coach Joanne Boyle a win in her tournament debut. Virginia advanced to face No. 6 Maryland in Friday's quarterfinals.
Katie Zenevitch scored 11 to lead the 11th-seeded Eagles (7-23), who had their worst season since going 6-21 in 1994-95.
Boston College shot 31 percent, including 3-for-19 from 3-point range. Virginia scored 26 points off 23 turnovers.
Virginia ran out 13-3 and 23-9 leads before taking a 32-16 halftime lead. The Cavaliers opened the second half with a 15-2 run, with Franklin scoring 10 points with two 3-pointers in that spurt.
By that point, Franklin had reached 20 points to outscore BC's entire team and Virginia led 47-18 with 15:24 left.