COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Kathrin Ress made a backdoor layup with 12
seconds left and Boston College hung on to beat Eastern Michigan
58-56 Saturday in an NCAA women's first-round game.
Third-seeded Boston College (26-6), the Big East tournament
champion, will meet Ohio State (21-9) in the second round on Monday
night. The sixth-seeded Buckeyes beat West Virginia 73-67 in the
opening game at their own St. John Arena.
With the score tied and only 15 seconds left, Ress took a pass
and banked a shot off the backboard, the ball hesitating on the
back of the iron for an instant before falling through.
After a timeout, 14th-seeded Eastern Michigan (22-8) -- playing
its first game ever in the NCAA tournament -- got the ball to Ryan
Coleman with 4 seconds left. Her hurried 3-point shot from the top
of the key at the buzzer was wide.
Ress led Boston College with 16 points, Amber Jacobs had 13, and
Clare Droesch added 11 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.
Coleman scored 15 points and Melis Ulker had 12 before fouling
out for Eastern Michigan, the Mid-American Conference tournament
Boston College broke out to a 22-4 lead in the opening 5:13,
hitting its first nine shots including all four 3-point tries. The
Eagles didn't miss a shot until Jessalyn Deveny misfired on a
3-pointer from the right corner at 14:16 mark. They followed that
with a jumper by Brooke Queenan that pushed the lead to 20.
Jacobs made three shots from behind the arc during the early
surge, and all five players scored.
Stunned by the early flurry, Eastern Michigan regrouped but the
Eagles came right back with a 13-0 run of their own. Like Boston
College, five players contributed with Marion Crandall, Erika Ford
and Sarah VanMetre each hitting 3s to cut the lead to 24-17 by the
BC led 34-24 at the half and expanded that to 42-29 in the
opening 5 1/2 minutes.
Once again, Eastern Michigan roared back. A 10-0 run was capped
by Coleman's two free throws with 4:49 left that cut the lead to
51-50. After Ress made a rebound follow, Eastern Michigan took the
lead for the first time on baskets by Ford and Coleman.
Deveny's 3-pointer with 3:02 left put BC ahead 56-54, with Nikki
Knapp tying it with 40 seconds left on a short shot off an assist
BC has won eight straight and 12 of 13. The Eagles are in the
NCAA tournament for the third consecutive year.