CHAPEL HILL – The three-seed UNC women’s basketball team held on for a 62-57 win in the second round of the ACC tournament over 11-seed Boston College Friday night.
BC took its hot shooting from the first round of the championship into the game against North Carolina. The Eagles shot 36 percent from behind the arc in the first half and were within two at halftime, 25-23.
Boston College capped an 11-0 run with 8:42 on the first half clock and took the game over at 17-14. However, UNC quickly took back control and took the two-point lead into the locker room.
The Eagles’ deep-range shooting only got better in the second half and kept them in the contest. They shot 40.5 percent (10-25) from behind the arc in the game.
With 3:39 left in the contest, BC’s Tessa Holt put in a layup to bring the game to within one at 54-53. UNC slowly pulled away from that point, mostly with free throws as Boston College tried to foul late to stay in the game. Thanks in part to Tierra Ruffin-Pratt’s night shooting 11-12 from the charity stripe, Carolina extended its lead to five and took the win.
Ruffin-Pratt led all players with 19 points; Waltiea Rolle was one rebound shy of a double-double as she scored ten points.
With the win, the Tar Heels improved to 27-5; the Eagles’ season came to an end with the loss at 12-19 on the season.
North Carolina will face Maryland Saturday in the semifinal. The two teams split the season series: UNC took the first one in Chapel Hill 60-57; Maryland took game number two in College Park 85-59.
Tipoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in the Greensboro Coliseum. You can hear all the action live on WCHL; Walter Storholt will have the call.