Gopher women BB team meets Boston College

The Minnesota Gophers women's basketball team will face #3 seed Boston College in the Mideast Region semifinal of the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship on Sunday at approximately 1:30 p.m.(CT) at the Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va. The Golden Gophers (23-8) advanced with a 92-81 victory over UCLA and an 80-61 win over Kansas State. The Eagles (27-6) defeated Eastern Michigan, 58-56, and Ohio State, 63-48.

Boston College has won nine straight games and 13 of their last 14 contests. This is their second straight appearance in the Sweet 16 as they had their best record in school history. They have three double-figure scorers. Jessalyn Deveny leads the team in scoring with 16.3 points per game. Amber Jacobs adds 14.9 points and Lisa Macchia contributes 10.2 points.


Jacobs, a point guard, earned Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention honors. She was a second-team All-Big East selection and was an All-Tournament choice.


Boston College entered the postseason after one of the biggest victories in school history, a 73-70 win over Connecticut in the semifinal round of the Big East tournament at the Hartford Civic Center.


After snapping the Huskies' 110-game home winning streak in conference games, the Eagles beat Rutgers to capture the Big East tourney title.


The Eagles were eliminated by Connecticut in the second round of the NCAA tournament last season.


Head coach Cathy Inglese was previously the head coach at Vermont, where current Minnesota head coach Pam Borton served as an assistant. When Inglese became the head coach at Boston College, Borton replaced her. Inglese later hired Borton as a member of her staff with the Eagles.  


PROBABLE STARTERS: Boston College - F Kathrin Ress (9.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg), F Clare Droesch (8.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg), C Maureen Leahy (3.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg), G Jessalyn Deveny (16.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg), G Amber Jacobs (14.9 ppg, 4.4 apg).

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