Boston College 67, No. 8 Florida St. 60

Jasmine Gill came home and played like she plans on sticking

around for a while.

The Greensboro native led Boston College to its most significant

upset in a late-season string of them, scoring six of her 13 points

during the run that lifted the Eagles past No. 8 Florida State

67-60 on Friday night in an Atlantic Coast Conference

quarterfinal.

“Nothing like a home atmosphere,” Gill said. “I feel like

everybody in the stands was on our side.”

Stefanie Murphy had 14 points for seventh-seeded BC (17-14),

which shot nearly 49 percent and overcame a huge rebounding deficit

by forcing the second-seeded Seminoles to a season-worst 27.6

percent shooting.

Cierra Bravard had 13 points for Florida State (26-5), and her

three-point play tied it at 46 with 6:04 to play before Gill took

over. She knocked down a jumper with the shot clock winding down,

then went coast-to-coast for a layup after a steal to start the

13-3 run that put the Eagles in control.

“I think we faced every situation during the regular season,”

BC coach Sylvia Crawley said. “We had some games where a team

would make a strong run at us, and we would not fight back at that

moment. … We would string together back-to-back negatives. I

think our team has learned from that situation. … They were very,

very determined to fight back and stop their momentum.”

Ayla Brown and Carolyn Swords had 11 points apiece while Jaclyn

Thoman capped the decisive run with a free throw that made it 59-49

with 1:41 left. Murphy, who fouled out with 6:04 left, had an

otherwise perfect night for Boston College: She hit all five of her

shots, both of her 3s and both of her free throws.

The Eagles, who reached the ACC semifinals for the first time,

have won three straight against nationally ranked teams, last month

knocking off both Duke and then-ranked North Carolina in

consecutive games. Next up on Saturday: North Carolina State, which

upset No. 24 Virginia 66-59 in another quarterfinal.

Alysha Harvin had 13 points and Chastity Clayton added 10 for

the Seminoles, who had trouble making up for the loss of all-ACC

forward Jacinta Monroe, who averages a team-best 13.4 points.

She suffered what team officials said was a sprained right ankle

roughly 4 minutes into the game, and she limped off the court with

help from trainers, was taken to a hospital for X-rays that coach

Sue Semrau said showed no broken bones.

But in Monroe’s absence, Florida State turned to its perimeter

game with poor results – the Seminoles hoisted a season-high 28

3-pointers and made just four – and lured Swords, Murphy and

Brittanny Johnson into foul trouble, but couldn’t take full

advantage.

“It was very hard to play without one of your leaders on the

floor, especially (Monroe),” Clayton said. “She has a big impact

for us. Getting them in foul trouble, the coaches kept telling us

to attack, attack, attack. Really, that’s what we needed to do,

especially since Cint was out, to be effective on the floor.”

For a while, though, it appeared that they figured out how to

play without Monroe, using a 21-5 run that spanned halftime to

seemingly take control. The Seminoles, who trailed by nine early,

pushed their lead to 36-27 on Clayton’s jumper with 16:40 left,

before managing just one field goal during the 8 1/2 minutes that

followed.

“We just couldn’t buy one,” Semrau said. “It’s not like our

team, but it is what it is.”

Cold shooting was a frequent problem in this one for the

Seminoles, who missed 20 of their first 24 shots. Courtney Ward,

whose 11-point scoring average was second only to Monroe on her

team, missed her first seven attempts and finished 3 for 20 – 2 for

17 from 3-point range – while Harvin was 4 for 17.

Florida State attempted 33 more shots than Boston College, but

the Eagles made them significantly more often. No team this season

shot a higher percentage against the Seminoles than BC, and that

more than offset a 44-34 rebounding advantage and the Eagles’ 18

turnovers.

“I just don’t think we shot the ball well,” Semrau said. “I

thought Boston College did a great job of giving us tough looks.

But we got second-chance shots, so there’s really no excuse for

that.”