Boston College Advances to Face Florida State In Quarterfinals of ACC Tournament

March 4, 2010

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  • GREENSBORO, N.C. - Boston College will be sticking around the ACC Tournament for another day after jumping out to a comfortable early lead over Virginia Tech and finishing with a 62-49 first-round victory Thursday in the Greensboro Coliseum.

    A week after watching the Hokies shoot 60 percent from the floor in the second half against them, the Eagles held Tech to 6-for-31 accuracy in the first half and cruised into Friday's quarterfinal against second-seeded Florida State.

    "We came out of the first game feeling like we should have come out with the win," forward Stefanie Murphy said of the 69-64 result in Blacksburg. "Payback. It's what was due."

    BC coach Sylvia Crawley said the freshness of the regular-season loss was beneficial to her club. Watching film pointed out the necessity of specific adjustments.

    "I challenged our guards," the coach said. "We found that teams weren't doubling our posts anymore and that they had started attacking our guards. I thought our guards did a great job of stepping up to the challenge."

    And she meant that literally. The Hokies' tendency to jump out on top of screens conceded mid-range opportunities to the Eagles, who seized them by taking two steps forward and firing away.

    The Hokies, to their credit, responded after halftime and got the deficit down to nine, but they needed to keep going and didn't have the options when BC's Brittanny Johnson and others clamped down on Lindsay Biggs, Tech's chief weapon.

    "Part of what I was trying to do was guard her before she got the ball," Johnson said. "My teammates did a great job of helping me through the screens."

    The Eagles pushed the lead back out to 22 and had the opportunity to rest starters in advance of Friday's meeting with the Seminoles, who defeated them by 21 in January. Boston College prevailed with relative ease over the Hokies even though center Carolyn Swords was limited to 16 minutes by foul trouble.

    "They don't want this to end," Crawley said. "They're hungry for more games. This is a team that can beat any team in the ACC on any given night when we come out ready to play."

    Specifically, the Eagles will need to handle the Seminoles' physical play, which concedes nothing.

    "They don't switch off screens," Crawley said. "They plough through screens."