Women's Basketball Falls To Boston College 71-52

Alex Smith

Video: Emily Parker's Second Half Block

WORCESTER, Mass. – Boston College guard Nicole Boudreau and forward Katie Zenevitch scored 22 and 21 points, respectively, to help propel the Eagles to a 71-52 victory over Holy Cross in non-conference women's basketball action this evening at the Hart Center. Both teams' overall records now stand at 1-1.

Holy Cross grabbed the first large lead of the game as they led 11-6 at the 14:41 mark of the first half. Junior guard Alex Smith (Delran, N.J.) scored five points during the early rally. Over the next six minutes of action, Boston College would chip into the deficit and knot the score at 18-18 with just over seven minutes left in the first.

After back-to-back buckets by the Eagles, both teams would remain scoreless over the next four minutes as Boston College finally ended the scoring drought with a jumper at the 1:18 mark to make the score 24-18. Holy Cross sophomore Emily Parker (Johnston, Iowa) and freshman Lisa Mifsud (Erie, Pa.) would each score a basket before the intermission, as the Crusaders would go into the locker room trailing the Eagles 24-22.

The two squads would battle back-and-forth to begin the second half as the Crusaders would knot the score at 29-29 on the back of a Smith three-pointer at the 17:28 mark. Boston College would add six quick points on back-to-back treys to go up 35-29 with 16:39 on the clock.

The Crusaders battled and would bring the deficit to 40-38 with 12:52 on the clock trying to keep the game close. However, the Eagles would embark on an 18-3 scoring surge over the 5:40 to push ahead 58-41 with just over seven minutes remaining in regulation. Smith and junior Christine Ganser (Needham, Mass.) answered with four points in the next minute, but could not chip any further into the Boston College lead. The Eagles would finish the final 6:11 on a 13-7 run to close out the contest. 

Smith led the Crusaders with 15 points, while also hauling in six rebounds, and swiping four balls. Parker scored nine to go along with seven boards and two blocks, while Ganser tallied six points and gathered seven caroms as well. 

Holy Cross shot 39.3 percent (22-of-56) from the field, while the Eagles connected on 30-of-62 shots (48.4 percent), including 20-of-28 (71.4 percent) in the second half. Boston College shot 32.1 percent from behind the arc (9-of-28), while the Crusaders connected on 25.0 percent of their shots from downtown (4-of-16). 

The Eagles outscored Holy Cross in points in the paint (34-20) and on the fast break (10-4). They also tallied 28 points off 24 Crusader turnovers. Holy Cross held a 14-0 advantage in points from the bench. 

The Crusaders return to action on at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, as they will host New Hampshire at the Hart Center.