The Boston College women trailed by only 6 points at the half against a very good Virginia squad Thursday night in Charlottesville, Va., and any kind of second-half surge would have kept things interesting. But the Eagles started the night cold and stayed that way, shooting just 29 percent from the floor and lost to the Cavaliers, 69-57, in an Atlantic Coast Conference game.
Kerri Shields led the Eagles (8-10, 2-5) with 15 points and five rebounds, while Kristen Doherty had 12 points and seven boards. Nicole Boudreau added 11 points in the loss.
Guard Ataira Franklin led the Cavaliers (13-6, 5-3) with 18 points, hitting four shots from beyond the arc. Sarah Imovbioh came off the bench to provide 13 points and nine rebounds.
The Eagles shot 20 percent from beyond the 3-point line, while Virginia shot 45 percent from the floor and won the battle of the boards, 38-34.
BC never got untracked offensively. In the first half, the Eagles shot 32 percent but managed to hang close and trailed, 33-27, at intermission.
However, the cold streak continued for the Eagles, who did not hit a field goal until the 7:06 mark of the second half when Boudreau hit a jumper at the top of the key. She followed that with a 3-pointer from the corner and BC was down 12. The Eagles cut the deficit to 9 on a three by Boudreau with 1:13 to play but it was all over.
Drexel 85, Northeastern 73 — Deanna Kerkhof reached 1,000 career points with a first half 3-pointer, but the host Huskies (11-7, 4-3 CAA) could not slow down the efficient attack of the Dragons (13-4, 6-0 CAA).
Hollie Mershon had 33 points, 7 rebounds, and 8 assists for league-leading Drexel. Taylor Wootton added 26 points, 7 boards, and 5 assists.
Duke 60, Clemson 46 — Tricia Liston scored 22 points and the No. 4 Blue Devils (17-1, 7-0 ACC) bounced back from a blowout loss earlier this week to UConn, beating the host Lady Tigers (5-13, 1-6).
South Carolina 55, Kentucky 50 — Ieasia Walker had 16 points and eight rebounds as the No. 18 Gamecocks (17-3, 5-2 SEC) beat the No. 5 Wildcats (18-2, 6-1) in Columbia, S. C., to end the nation’s longest winning streak at 17 games.
Penn St. 64, Minnesota 59 — Maggie Lucas scored 26 points, and Nikki Greene had 13 rebounds and hit three key second-half buckets to help the No. 8 Nittany Lions (16-2, 6-0 Big Ten) hold off the visiting Gophers (13-7, 2-4).
Michigan 68, Purdue 53 — Trey Burke had 15 points and eight assists and his defense helped the No. 2 Wolverines (18-1, 5-1 Big Ten) shake free of the visiting Boilermakers (10-9, 3-3) in the second half.
Tim Hardaway Jr. added 13 points for Michigan, which has a chance to move to No. 1 in the next Associated Press poll if it can win at Illinois Sunday. No. 1 Duke lost Wednesday.
UCLA 84, Arizona 73 — Shabazz Muhammad scored 23 points, Jordan Adams added 15, and the Bruins (16-4, 6-1 Pac-12) rode a dominating start to a 16-point lead in the game’s first seven minutes and went on to upset the No. 6 Wildcats (16-2, 4-2) at Tucson.
Richmond 86, VCU 74 — Kendall Anthony scored 21 of his 26 points after halftime and Darien Brothers hit two huge 3-pointers as the host Spiders (13-7, 3-2 Atlantic 10) ended the No. 19 Rams’ 13-game winning streak in overtime. Brothers had 18 points and Cedrick Lindsay 13 as the Spiders won for only the second time in their last nine meetings with the Rams (16-4, 4-1).
Mississippi 62, Tennessee 56 — Marshall Henderson scored 28 points, hitting six 3-pointers in the second half, and No. 23 Ole Miss (16-2, 5-0 SEC) rallied for the victory over the Vols (9-8, 1-4) at Oxford, Miss.
Hartford 51, New Hampshire 40— Mark Nwakamma had 23 points and eight rebounds to lead the visiting Hawks (11-9, 4-3 America East) past the Wildcats (4-14, 0-6) to snap a three-game losing streak.
Fairfield 71, Marist 37 — Josip Mikulic netted 16 points and the host Stags (11-10, 3-6 MAAC) shot nearly 60 percent from the field in rolling over the Red Foxes (5-15, 2-7) and snapping a five-game losing streak.
Sacred Heart 87, Bryant 76 — Shane Gibson scored 26 points and the Pioneers (7-11, 5-2 Northeast Conference) shot a season-high 60 percent from the field to defeat the visiting Bulldogs (13-5, 6-1), snapping Bryant’s eight-game winning streak.