Women's Basketball tops Miami, 62-54

In a week that saw the men's basketball and hockey teams each lose twice, the women's basketball team helped alleviate the gloom that has plagued Conte Forum for much of January, scoring a 62-54 win over Miami to improve to 14-4 on the season and 3-1 in ACC play. Miami falls to 10-7 (0-3 ACC).

In a week that saw the men's basketball and hockey teams each lose twice, the women's basketball team helped alleviate the gloom that has plagued Conte Forum for much of January, scoring a 62-54 win over Miami to improve to 14-4 on the season and 3-1 in ACC play. Miami falls to 10-7 (0-3 ACC).

Mickel Picco came to life in the second half to lead the charge for the Eagles. After being held scoreless in the first, BC's leading scorer roared back with 14 in the second , including four late free throws that helped the Eagles nail down the win.

"She looked a little antsy [in the first half]," said head coach Sylvia Crawley. "We ran some plays designed for her in our first few possessions, and she was shooting threes from way out – NBA range. I talked to her at half time and told her to get her toes right behind the line and hit those shots… once she did, it made a big difference for our team."

"[Crawley] told me to just hit some shots from closer, then I could work my way back," said Picco, who went 2-for-7 from three point range to extend her streak to 26 consecutive games with at least one three pointer. In addition, her 14 points put her in double digits for the 17th time in 18 games this season.

Two other Eagles registered in double digits – Stefanie Murphy and Carolyn Swords, BC's dominant sophomore forwards, who scored 12 and 10, respectively. Murphy also lead the team in rebounding with 9.

"I thought today we did a better job with offensive rebounds," said Crawley. BC outrebounded Miami 40-28, including a 12-9 margin in offensive rebounds. "This is an offensive rebounding team, and we succeed when we're scoring a lot of second chance points."

The Hurricanes were led by freshman Riquina Williams, who scored 13 points. Fellow freshman Shenise Johnson chipped in ten points, six assists and four rebounds. They were two of four Miami players in double digits.

"They have a number of players capable of making some really tough shots," said Crawley. "That's what makes Miami who they are. They have some really streaky shooters, and when they get going, they can be tough to stop."

After a sluggish start which saw the game tied at 6 at the first media timeout, BC went on a 17-4 run to take control of the game and never lost the lead from there. Ayla Brown hit back-to-back field goals, including a three pointer with 12:32 to play in the first to start the run, while Jaclyn Thoman added a pair of threes.

Miami chipped away at the BC's lead for the rest of the half, shrinking their 13 point deficit to 1 on a LaToya Cunningham three pointer with 4:58 to play. Thoman responded with a three for BC, but Cunningham hit back with the final bucket of the first half to make the score 29-27 going into the locker room.

But the second half belonged to Picco. The junior guard drained a pair of three pointers in the first three minutes of the half to set the tone.

With 4:42 remaining, Picco knocked down a layup on a beautiful baseball style pass from Victoria Jones to put BC up by 10 for the first time in the half, 54-44.

Over the next three minutes, Miami went on a 6-0 run, forcing a BC timeout with 1:40 remaining after a LaToya Drake layup cut the lead to 54-50.

Following the timeout, Jones calmed the situation for BC, earning a trip to the foul line and converting both free throws. She was fouled again on the next possession and once again cashed in, finishing 4-for-4 from the line. Picco added four more free throws to keep BC's lead steady in the final minute. The Eagles were 15-for-16 from the line overall, a positive change for a team that came into the game shooting 66.6% from the line.

BC also cut down on costly turnovers; while they still turned the ball over 20 times, it was a positive change from Thursday night at Wake Forest, in which BC had 28 turnovers.

"We did a lot of ballhanding drills in practice and worked a lot on handling the full court press," Picco said. "I think it showed today… we didn't play our best, but we came away with the win. That's a real asset that we have as a team, the ability to do that."

The Eagles now have 14 wins in Sylvia Crawley's first season and appear to be in a strong position to make a run at their first NCAA tournament berth in three years. BC came into the game 29th in RPI thanks to a number of impressive victories, including two wins against ranked teams away from Conte Forum – something they were not able to accomplish last season.

BC plays their final non conference game of the season on Wednesday against the New Jersey Institute of Technology before returning to ACC play at home against Clemson on Friday.

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