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Women’s basketball: Ruffin gives BC late boost

Sophomore Tiffany Ruffin scored all 6 of her points down the stretch and Boston College got past Central Connecticut, 57-48, last night at Conte Forum.

BC (5-8) was sparked by Kerri Shields, who finished with 16 points, including four 3-pointers. Katie Zenevitch had 14 points and six rebounds and Ruffin added a season-high eight assists, but it was her late-game scoring touch that saved the Eagles.

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Ruffin hit a jumper with 5:50 left to give BC a 4-point lead. She added a pair of free throws with four minutes left to restore the 4-point lead and sank a jumper from the wing with 3:30 remaining to push BC’s advantage to 7.

Jaclyn Babe led Central Connecticut (6-6) with 23 points.

La Salle 75, Northeastern 60 - Christine Huber came off the bench to score 13 points but the host Huskies (2-10) were done in by the long-range shooting of the Explorers (6-9), who hit 10 of 20 treys to cruise to the win.

UMBC 67, New Hampshire 65 - Denise Beliveau had 17 points and 16 rebounds and Morgan Frame added a game-high 23 points, but Erin Brown scored 15 of her 21 points in the second half to rally the Retrievers (7-7, 1-0 America East) past the Wildcats (7-6, 0-1) in Baltimore.

Stony Brook 54, Vermont 47 - Dani Klupenger hit 4 of 6 3-pointers and finished with 18 points to lead the visiting Seawolves (4-10, 1-0 America East) past the Catamounts (6-8, 0-1). Whitney Davis led Vermont with 11 points and six rebounds.

Binghamton 72, Maine 54 - Brittany Williams scored 18 points but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Black Bears (3-11, 0-1 America East) from falling to the host Bearcats (7-7, 1-0).

Maryland 91, Florida St. 70 - Alyssa Thomas had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Tiana Hawkins added 20 points and 13 rebounds as the No. 5 Terrapins (14-0, 1-0 ACC) routed the host Seminoles (8-7, 0-1).

Duke 77, Virginia 66 - Tricia Liston had 18 points to lead four double-digit scorers and the No. 7 Blue Devils (10-2) rolled past the visiting Cavaliers (12-3) in the teams’ ACC opener.

Ohio St. 84, Iowa 71 - Samantha Prahalis scored 30 points and Tayler Hill added 28 to rally the No. 8 Buckeyes from a 15-point first-half deficit in a win over the visiting Hawkeyes. Ohio State (15-0, 2-0 Big Ten) is off to its best start during the NCAA era. Morgan Johnson had 25 points for Iowa (9-6, 1-1).

Williams 71, Univ. of New England 49 - The Ephs (11-0), ranked No. 13 in Division 3, got 15 points from Claire Baecher and used a 27-4 first-half run to ease past the host Nor’easters (6-2).

Colby 74, Bates 57 - Rachael Mack scored 20 points to become the 15th Colby women’s player to reach 1,000 in her career and the White Mules (7-1) rolled past the Bobcats (5-5).

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