Eagles Hang Tough and Advance in ACCWBB Tourney

Defense, rebounding carry BC past Virginia Tech

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – A stout defensive effort and solid work on the backboards carried 14th-seeded Boston College to a 49-37 win over 11th-seeded Virginia Tech in the final first-round game of the 2016 ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament Wednesday night at the Greensboro Coliseum.

The Eagles limited the Hokies to 22 percent shooting from the floor and won the rebounding battle by a 44-27 margin. Redshirt freshman Ella Awobajo came off the bench to post career highs of 12 points and 13 rebounds for Boston College. Kelly Hughes added 12 points for the Eagles, and Nicole Boudreau chipped in 10.

With the win, Boston College (15-15) advances to Thursday night’s 8 p.m. second-round game and will face sixth-seeded NC State (19-10). The Wolfpack defeated the Eagles 74-63 when the teams met at Raleigh, North Carolina, on Feb. 11.

Virginia Tech slipped to 17-13 win Wednesday night’s loss. Chanette Hicks scored 11 points but was the only player in double figures for the Hokies, who tallied their second-lowest point total of the season.

Boston College led 25-22 at the end of a tight first half that featured six ties and two lead changes. Awabajo had a career-high eight points at the halftime break in addition to leading all rebounders with eight.

Three-point baskets by Boudreau and Hughes in the opening minutes of the second half pushed Boston College’s lead to seven points, and the Eagles eventually pushed the margin to double figures to force the Hokies into a futile game of catch-up. Boston College connected on 18-of-21 shots from the foul line to keep Virginia Tech at arm’s length.