WNIT ACCtion: Swords Leads Boston College Past St. Joseph's, 86-59

March 19, 2011

Boston College Soars Past St. Joe's, 86-59

It was billed as the battle between the Shields sisters - BC's Kerri Shields and St. Joseph's Erin Shields - matched up in the second round of the WNIT at Conte Forum on Sunday afternoon.

Both sisters had a positive impact for their teams, but it was the presence of BC senior center Carolyn Swords that made the difference. Swords finished with 21 points and 16 rebounds to lead BC past the Hawks, 86-59, to advance to the third round of the tournament. BC will play the winner of Sunday's match between Virginia and Loyola-MD later in the week.

Swords needed just 13 points in the game to pass the 2,000 point plateau. And with 10:36 on the clock in the half, Swords hit two free throws to reach the mark and pass it with her second freebie. It also gave BC a 23-14 lead in the game.

Swords shot 9-for-15 form the floor, had 16 boards, seven on the offensive side and went 3-for-4 from the foul line. She now has had 15 points and seven boards at the half. Swords' now has 2,008 points and 1,144 rebounds in four years at BC. The only other player to reach 2,000 points was Sarah Behn '93 who holds the record with 2,523 points.

BC's offense was not all Swords as she had help from Kerri Shields, who went 8-for-14 from the three-point line, finished with q new career-high 26 points, five boards and three assists. The eight three's ties the program single game record set by Kindyll Dorsey '06, who reached eight vs. Ohio State and UNH.

Eagles' freshmen Kristen Doherty and Katie Zenevitch each posted their first career double-double. Doherty had 12 points and 11 boards along with four assists, while Zenevitch had 11 points, 10 rebounds and two steals on 5-of-7 shooting from the floor.

Boston College ran away with the game in the first half as the Eagles shot 50 percent from the floor and grabbed 32 rebounds to just nine for the Hawks. Swords had 15 points, while Jaclyn Thoman (seven point, nine rebounds, seven assists) had seven points, five boards in the half.

The second half, St. Joe's opened with a turnover and the Eagles responded with two free throws by Kerri Shields. The lead grew to 25 when Swords hit a layup at 15:17 in the game off a nice feed from Tiffany Ruffin (six assists).

Kerri Shields would then heat up from the outside as she put the game away by hitting three consecutive three's in a two minutes span and BC was up 71-39 with 9:38 to play. She would hit six three's in the half and finish with her new single game career-high of eight.

Her younger sister, Erin Shields, led St. Joe's with 21 points, five rebounds and three assists. Erin hit 3-for-3 from the arc in the first half to keep St. Joe's within reach. The second half, the Hawks continued to struggle with Swords, which opened up chances for Kerri Shields outside onslaught.