No. 22 Boston College 75, Syracuse 50
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP)—Brooke Queenan scored 16 points and Clare Droesch had 15 to lead No. 22 Boston College past Syracuse 75-50 on Saturday.
The win snapped a three-game skid by the Eagles (16-6, 7-4 Big East) and sent Syracuse (11-12, 3-9) to its fourth straight loss. The Orange have lost their last 14 games against ranked teams.
Aja Parham and Lisa Macchia each scored 11 points for the Eagles, who shot 50.9 percent for the game, finished with 23 assists on their 28 baskets, and outrebounded the Orange 43-23.
Jessica Richter led the Orange with 14 points and Vida Sipaviciute and Rochelle Coleman each had 12. Chineze Nwagbo, Syracuse’s leading scorer at nearly 11 points per game, played only 11 minutes, missed both shots she took, and finished with two points.
Boston College had lost to No. 6 Notre Dame, St. John’s and No. 10 Connecticut since leading scorer Jessalyn Deveny ruptured an Achillles’ tendon early against the Irish 10 days ago and was lost for the season. But the Eagles never trailed in this one, built a big early lead, and won going away after a brief letdown in the second half.
The Eagles, who rank third in the nation with 18.7 assists per game, registered 14 on their 15 baskets in the first half, led 43-30 at the break, and appeared on the way to an easy victory.
But BC went 1-for-10 from the floor to start the second half and the Orange climbed back into it.
Coleman hit a 3 from the top of the key and Richter scored seven points to lead Syracuse on a 12-4 run. A 3 from the left corner by Richter moved the Orange within 47-44 at 12:44.
After a timeout, the Eagles turned up the defense and scored the next 12 points while Syracuse missed four shots, committed one turnover, and was called for a shot clock violation.
Kindyll Dorsey hit a short jumper to start the decisive spurt and a three-point play by Droesch gave BC a commanding 57-44 lead with 8 minutes left.