CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Sarah Marshall had a career-high 18 points
and Boston College (No. 22 ESPN/USA Today; No. 23 AP) won its fifth straight game, 70-53 over
Clemson on Sunday.
Marshall came in averaging just better than five points this
season for the Eagles (17-6, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference). But
with their top scorer, Brooke Queenan, in foul trouble throughout,
Marshall found her touch.
She had three baskets during an 18-8 run to rally Boston
College, which had fallen behind the Lady Tigers 11-3. Marshall's
first basket of the second half gave the Eagles the lead for good,
29-28, and started a 12-2 run.
Lisa Macchia had 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Queenan had 13
points for Boston College, which evened its conference record after
opening its first ACC season 0-4 in the league.
Marshall's steady head and timely shooting did the trick against
Clemson (8-14, 2-6).
The Eagles entered the game third in the ACC in shooting
percentage, but had trouble finding the basket early on. They hit
only one of their first seven shots and found themselves down eight
with less than five minutes gone.
Macchia had a free throw and Marshall a bucket to start the
Eagles' comeback. Marshall added another jumper to tie it at 14. A
third basket by Marshall put Boston College ahead 18-16.
Clemson scored the first five points of the second half to take
a 28-27 lead but Marshall got BC rolling again with her go-ahead
Queenan followed with two foul shots and a short jumper,
Marshall and Macchia had field goals and Aja Parham hit two foul
shots to give the Eagles a 39-30 lead.
When the Lady Tigers cut it to 43-38 on Maxienne White's field
goal, Marshall got fouled driving to the basket and made both foul
Those foul shots with 9:57 left tied Marshall's career best of
14 points set against Fordham on Dec. 8, 2004. About the only
question down the stretch was whether Marshall, second in the ACC
in minutes played, could surpass her total -- which she finally did
with two buckets in the game's final minute.
White led Clemson with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Frist had 14
points on 7-of-11 shooting for the Tigers.
Boston College led 27-23 at halftime.