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March 5, 2010
GREENSBORO – The Boston College Eagles used a fast start and a strong finish as they upset sixth-ranked and second-seeded Florida State, 67-60, Friday night in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament. The Eagles shot 49 percent from the field to defeat the highest ranked opponent in their program history.
It was the third-straight game in the Greensboro Coliseum in which the lower seed jumped out to an early lead. But unlike in the day’s first two contests, the lower seed pulled off the upset. Seventh-seeded Boston College advanced to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament for the first time in school history and will face the winner of the nightcap between Virginia and NC State on Saturday.
“I’m very, very proud of my team and how hard they competed tonight,” said Boston College coach Sylvia Crawley. “We knew this was going to be a physical battle. Florida State is a great team. They have a threat at every single position. All of their players can score. Even with a player down, they’re still a pretty tough team and I thought they overcame their adversity.”
The second-seeded Seminoles played most of the game without All-ACC first-team center Jacinta Monroe, who went down with an ankle injury in the third minute. FSU was unable to overcome the loss of Monroe, who leads the team with 13.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.1 blocked shots per game.
The Eagles used an 11-0 run to take a 17-8 lead with eight minutes to play in the first half. Despite shooting just 28 percent, FSU steadily climbed back, turning 14 offensive rebounds into 10 second chance points. The Seminoles took a 28-24 advantage into the locker room.
FSU extended its lead to as much as nine points after intermission and clung to the lead for the first nine minutes of the second half. But after Greensboro native Jasmine Gill hit a 3-pointer to give Boston College a 40-39 lead at the 11:09 mark, the Eagles never looked back. Boston College led the rest of the way as it earned its first victory over the Seminoles in seven meetings.
“We were able to hang in there,” Crawley said of the first half struggles. “We talked about what plays worked for us, but I expressed to our players that none of those things mattered unless we blocked out and came up with rebounds.”
Four players scored in double figures for Boston College, led by Stefanie Murphy, who tallied 14 points before fouling out with six minutes remaining in the game. Gill added 13 points, while Carolyn Swords and Ayla Brown scored 11 points apiece.
Cierra Bravard and Alysha Harvin led the Seminoles with 13 points apiece and Chasity Clayton recorded her fourth double-double of the year with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
FSU snapped an eight-game winning streak as it fell to 26-5 on the year. Boston College improved to 17-4 with the victory.