BC Eagles too much for the Pioneers in Season Opener, 68-46

BC Eagles too much for the Pioneers in Season Opener, 68-46

Nov. 12, 2006

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - (November 12, 2006) - Boston College senior center Kathrin Ress posted a double double with 16 points and 12 rebounds and the Eagles held Sacred Heart to just 28.1% (18-64) shooting on the way to a 68-46 win in the season opener for both clubs Sunday afternoon. The Eagles had four players in double figures and out rebounded SHU 49-28.

BC (1-0) opened the game on a 10-0 run while the Pioneers missed their first five shots before freshman Lindsey Gibson (Mechanicville, NY) ended the drought with her first collegiate points and the first point of the 2006-07 season. Ress fueled the run with six-straight points and then added two more on a pair of free throws and freshman Elisabeth Egnell buried a three at 13:06 to put the Eagles up 15-2.

With BC leading 17-6, SHU sophomore Katie Brown (Manahawkin, NJ) buried a long three that looked like it may kick start some offense but the Pioneer shooting woes continued. With Ress heading to the bench with two fouls at 7:36, the Pioneer failed to capitalize and a pair of hoops in transition started an 8-0 run that gave the Eagles a 31-11 lead before Gibson could once again end the streak with a lay-up at 1:54.

The Pioneers (0-1) shot just six-of-30 in the half, including two-of-10 from three. BC scored 16 of their 37 points in the paint and hit all 10 of their free throws in the half.

The Eagles started the second half just as they opened the game with freshman Kaydia Kentish making thee straight lay-ups to push the lead to 43-16. BC opened a 49-26 lead at the 13:46 mark and looked to be on the way to an easy win before a Pioneer offensive spurt closed the gap.

SHU used an 8-0 run over the next three minutes that started with a Pape free throw and ended with a senior Kerri Burke (Saugus, MA) three that cut the lead to 49-34. A pair of Ress free throws ended the scoreless streak but a Pape three and a lay-in by sophomore Kaitlin Sowinski (Hopkinton, RI) sliced the lead down to 51-39 with just under eight minutes to play.

That would be as close as the Pioneers would get as their offense went cold and the Eagles once again found their offensive stride using an 11-0 jaunt over the next 2:30 to force a SHU timeout leading 62-39. Out of the break, BC used another quick 5-2 spurt to ice the game, leading 67-41 with just over four minutes to play.

Joining Ress in double figures was Egnell who finished with 13 points and seven rebounds. Kentish scored 11 and freshman Ayla Brown came off the bench for 14 with eight rebounds and a block. As a team, the Eagles shot 47.3% (26-55) and hit 15-of-18 at the line.

Pape and Walker each had 12 points in the loss. Walker just missed a double double with nine rebounds. Pape added four assists and four steals to her totals while the Pioneers forced 19 Eagle turnovers in the loss.

Sacred Heart will return to the court on Tuesday night when they make the trip to Binghamton for a 7:00 pm start.