GREENSBORO, N.C. - After Pitt knocked off North Carolina and Wake Forest cruised past Clemson, 11th seeded Virginia Tech and 14th seeded Boston College met to see who would move onto the second round of the ACC Tournament. The Eagles (15-15) came out on top, 49-37 and will advance to face the NC State Wolfpack.
Virginia Tech ended its season at 17-13.
"I think with every missed shot we started to press a little more. I'm proud of the effort. You're not going to win many games when you're shooting the way we shot the ball in that game," said Virginia Tech Head Coach Dennis Wolff.
After a close first half, Boston College held the lead, 25-22. Virginia Tech managed a total of five steals, although the Hokies only shot 28% from the field, while the Eagles shot at 43%.
Boston College's Ella Awobajo fought hard for the Eagles, leading with eight points and eight rebounds, as well as two assists. Kelly Hughes is known as the Eagles three-point-threat this season and there was not much noise from the junior guard going one for two in three-point shots in the first half.
"We had some easy misses in the first half and for us, those things start to snowball," said Wolff. "We were a step behind all night, and I'm not really sure why."
The Hokies were quick to respond early on in the third but stood no chance as the Eagles soared, 39-30 at the end of the third. Taijah Campbell, Chanette Hicks and Sidney Cook picked up three fouls each for Virginia Tech. Hicks led with eight points, and Cook led in rebounds with five.
The Eagles finished with a surprising 23 turnovers and still pulled out the win. While Virginia Tech shot 22% from the field and were 9-for-10 in free throw attempts. For Boston College, they only shot 36% from the field on the night, but were 18-for-21 for 86% from the free-throw line.
Awobajo led with 10 points, 12 rebounds and two assists for Boston College. This was a big game for the Eagle who averages 3.5 rebounds per game. Even further, it was her first career double-double.
"This is what March is about. You want to change the perception of our team you want to make our season remembered. Go get it done," Boston College Head Coach, Erik Johnson told his team.
Boston College will play NC State Thursday, March 3rd at 8 p.m in a second round game of the ACC Tournament.
"Another shot of redemption of another quality team who is well coached. We're going to have to earn it," said Johnson.