Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored 19 points to help No. 15 North Carolina end Boston College’s season in a 62-57 victory in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament quarterfinals Friday night in Greensboro, N.C.
Waltiea Rolle added 10 for the third-seeded Tar Heels (27-5), who advanced to Saturday’s semifinals to face 10th-ranked and second-seeded Maryland.
Nicole Boudreau scored 15 for the Eagles (12-19), the second No. 11 seed to win a tournament game with its upset of sixth-seeded Virginia in Thursday’s first round.
UNC won both regular-season meetings by 28 points apiece, but this one stayed tight throughout. The Tar Heels led, 54-53, with 3½ minutes left before Ruffin-Pratt scored 6 points — including when she muscled up a drive over Kristen Doherty with 38.7 seconds left to make it a two-possession game — to help UNC finally stretch its lead.
BC shot 31 percent (18 of 59), but hit 10 3-pointers.
In other ACC quarterfinals:
Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas (32 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists) had the first triple-double in tournament history, and the 10th-ranked Terrapins (24-6) claimed a 92-81 overtime victory over Wake Forest. Chelsea Douglas had a career-high 31 points — a school scoring record in the tournament — for the 10th-seeded Demon Deacons (13-19) . . . Tricia Liston scored 10 of her 26 points during a timely run that carried No. 6 Duke (28-2) past pesky North Carolina State (16-16) in a 79-65 victory . . . Alexa Deluzio scored 11 of her 19 points in the final six minutes to lead No. 23 Florida State (22-8) past Miami (21-10) in a 70-58 win.
Harvard 61, Columbia 44 — The Crimson went on the road to win their fifth straight game behind a double-double from Temi Fagbenle (14 points, 12 rebounds). Harvard (18-8, 9-3) is tied for second in the Ivy League.
Princeton 77, Yale 44 — Niveen Rasheed dropped 21 points to put the host Tigers (20-6, 11-1) one win away from clinching the Ivy League for the fourth consecutive season.
Princeton, which clinched at least a share of the championship, hosts Brown on Saturday.
Penn 60, Brown 48 — In Philadelphia, Keiera Rat netted 16 points and the Quakers (16-10, 9-3 Ivy) beat the Bears (9-18, 3-10).
Cornell 60, Dartmouth 48 — Allyson DiMagno’s 19 points and 12 rebounds led the host Big Red (13-14, 7-8 Ivy) past the Big Green (6-21, 4-9).
Georgetown 81, Providence 61 — Sugar Rodgers scored 26 points and the 11th-seeded Hoyas (15-15) overcame a record 3-point shooting night from Providence guard Tori Rule to defeat the Friars in the first round of the Big East tournament.
Rule hit 10 shots from behind the arc, a new tournament record, making half her attempts from long range. She scored 35 points in the losing effort for 14th-seeded Providence (7-23).
Division 3 sectional semifinals — Bridget Crowley managed a team-high 10 points, including a pair of crucial free throws in the waning moments, to lead host Amherst past Tufts, 47-42. The Jeffs (29-1), ranked sixth in the nation, made just one field goal in the final 11:25, but held the No. 11 Jumbos (25-3) to just 33.3 percent from the floor in its 10th straight win in the series . . . Jennie Hardin scored 19 points and hit a key 3-pointer late in overtime, and 15th-ranked Williams (25-5) dropped No. 25 Ithaca, 64-60, in Williamstown.
Pac-12 quarterfinals — Chiney Ogwumike had 23 points and 21 rebounds as No. 4 Stanford (29-2) improved to 55-0 all-time against Washington State 11-20) with a 79-60 win in Seattle . . . Gennifer Brandon had 17 points and 16 rebounds and fifth-ranked and second-seeded California (28-2) blew out USC (11-20).
SEC quarterfinals — In Duluth, Ga., A'dia Mathies had 16 points and five steals, and second-seeded Kentucky (26-4) vanquished Vanderbilt, 76-65 . . . Meighan Simmons scored 20 points and No. 9 Tennessee (24-6) turned back Florida’s late rally to beat Florida, 82-73, extending the top-seeded Lady Vols’ winning streak in the tournament to 10 games.
Big Ten quarterfinals — In Hoffman Estates, Ill., Alex Bentley scored 20 points and top-seeded Penn State (25-4) beat Ohio State (18-13), 76-66 . . .Jordan Hooper scored 24 points to lead No. 21 Nebraska (23-7) to a 76-61 victory over Iowa (20-12).
Yale 71, Princeton 66 — Michael Grace and Greg Kelley scored 13 points apiece, and the Bulldogs delivered a crucial Ivy League loss to the Tigers in New Haven.
Yale (13-17, 7-6) used a 17-5 run over the final nine minutes of the first half to take a 36-24 lead into intermission. Princeton (16-10, 9-3) roared back to within 62-61 on Ian Hummer’s jumper with 3:08 remaining, but scored just 5 points the rest of the way.
Princeton, jockeying with Harvard for the league lead, travels to Brown on Saturday and Penn on Tuesday.
Dartmouth 76, Cornell 62 — Gabas Maldunas scored a career-high 28 points and the host Big Green (8-19, 4-9 Ivy) took advantage of the injury-ravaged Big Red (13-17, 5-8), evening the all-time series at 103 apiece in a rivalry that dates back to the 1900-01 season.
Penn 66, Brown 64 — In Providence, Miles Cartwright scored 25, scoring the final 8 points of the game on free throws, as the Quakers (9-20, 6-6) defeated the Bears (12-15, 6-7).