College roundup: Boston College women pull off stunner

Kerri Shields and Boston College held off Virginia to become the second No. 11 seed to win in the ACC tourney.
Kerri Shields and Boston College held off Virginia to become the second No. 11 seed to win in the ACC tourney. –Chuck Burton/Associated Press

Kerri Shields had 16 points and four 3-pointers to help Boston College upset Virginia, 66-57, on Thursday night in the first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C.

Kristen Doherty added 15 points for the Eagles (12-18), who blew a 13-point lead but recovered to become the second No. 11 seed to win an ACC tournament game. They will play 15th-ranked and third-seeded North Carolina (26-5) in a quarterfinal Friday night.

Ataira Franklin had 17 points and Faith Randolph had 15 for the sixth-seeded Cavaliers (16-14). Virginia had the ball trailing, 59-57, with a minute left but Tessah Holt stole it from Franklin, hit a layup and was fouled with 56.5 seconds left.


She missed the free throw but the Eagles got the offensive rebound, Holt then hit two free throws with 42.3 seconds left, and Katie Zenevitch added two more with 31.5 seconds remaining to help BC pull away.

 In other ACC first-round games:

 Shawnice Wilson scored 17 points and fifth-seeded Miami (21-9) pulled away to beat 12th-seeded Virginia Tech (10-20), 45-39 . . . Lakevia Boykin scored 21 points to help 10th-seeded Wake Forest (13-18) top seventh-seeded Georgia Tech (14-16), 86-67 . . . Kody Burke scored 16 points and eighth-seeded North Carolina State (16-15) rallied past ninth-seeded Clemson (9-21), 56-45.

Patriot League quarterfinals —Amy Lepley notched 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists, and Holy Cross (16-13) scored 13 of its final 17 points at the free throw line in fending off Lehigh (14-15), 64-59, at Worcester . . . Eighth-seeded Colgate (10-20) stunned top-seeded Army (22-8) behind Jhazmine Lynch’s game-high 15 points, 48-40, at West Point . . . Third-seeded Navy (19-11) needed overtime and 20 points from Jade Gief for a 59-55 home win over Lafayette (11-19) . . . Audrey Dotson scored 17 points to lead fifth-seeded Bucknell (15-15) past American (15-14), 46-43, in Washington.

Northeast-10 semifinals — Jacqui Brugliera scored 22 points, Lauren Battista had 13 points and 11 rebounds, and third-ranked Bentley (26-1) handed Franklin Pierce (18-9) a 74-55 thrashing at Waltham . . . Senior guard Gabrielle Gibson dropped 30 points as Assumption (21-6) advanced to its first conference final with a 74-64 win over Merrimack (17-11) at Worcester. The NE-10 championship will be decided Sunday at 1 p.m. at Bentley.



Michigan St. 58, Wisconsin 43 — Keith Appling scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half to help the No. 10 Spartans pull away to beat the No. 22 Badgers (20-10, 11-6) in East Lansing, Mich., staying in the Big Ten race.

The Spartans (23-7, 12-5) moved into a three-way tie for second with Michigan and Ohio State. The trio trails conference-leading Indiana with one game left in the regular season.

Colorado 76, Oregon 53 — Xavier Johnson had a career-high 22 points and the Buffaloes (20-9, 10-7) beat the No. 19 Ducks (23-7, 12-5), thwarting Oregon’s bid to gain a share of the Pac-12 title.

The Buffaloes (20-9, 10-7) played without the nation’s leading rebounder, Andre Roberson, who sat out with a viral illness. Gone with the athletic junior forward were 11.5 rebounds and 10.8 points a game.

Georgia 72, Kentucky 62 — Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, leading the host Bulldogs (15-15, 9-8) to a victory over the Wildcats (20-10, 11-6 SEC) that dealt another big blow to Kentucky’s NCAA hopes.

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