Another big upset for Scott Brown’s family.
Just a few hours after her father was sworn in as the newest member of the US Senate, Ayla Brown helped Boston College knock off sixth-ranked Duke, 61-57, last night at Conte Forum.
“He sent me a text message before the game saying, ‘I wanted to be at the game, but I’m so proud of you. Win it for me,’ ’’ said Ayla Brown, a backup forward on the Eagles. “And that’s what we did.’’
Carolyn Swords scored 14 points and added nine rebounds for BC (13-10, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), going 8 for 8 from the line in the final five minutes. It was the Eagles’ first victory over a ranked team since beating then-No. 2 Ohio State in the second round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament.
Jasmine Thomas scored 19 points for Duke (18-4, 6-1), which has spent 200 straight weeks in the AP Top 25.
“It only takes one game like this to turn our team around in terms of our confidence level,’’ BC coach Sylvia Crawley said. “Until that happens, you’re always intimidated by those teams. This is huge for this team. A mindset is a hard thing to change. I think they are coming around in terms of believing in what we’re doing.’’
Brown scored 6 points, making a key basket midway through the second half after Duke went ahead, 41-38, to match its biggest lead. Swords hit a pair of free throws to give BC the lead, and though the game remained close, the Eagles never trailed again.
Swords went 10 for 10 from the line, and BC made 20 of 21 free throws as the Eagles fought off the Blue Devils’ attempt at a comeback.
Duke fell behind, 7-0, but the game was tied at 30 at halftime and the Blue Devils opened a 41-38 lead before Brown’s jumper and Swords’s free throws gave the Eagles the lead. Duke tied it one last time when Thomas came out of a timeout and hit a floating jumper from the side of the key to make it 55-all with 59 seconds left.
But Brittanny Johnson made a pair of free throws and then Swords - shaking off a timeout called to ice her - did the same.
Miami 80, North Carolina 69 - Shenise Johnson had 25 points and 10 rebounds as the Hurricanes (15-7, 3-5 ACC) upset the ninth-ranked Tar Heels (16-5, 4-3) to snap a three-game losing streak in Coral Gables, Fla.
Stanford 74, UCLA 53 - Jayne Appel had a season-high 23 points, 13 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots before being ejected with 7:41 left for throwing an elbow that hit Bruins star Jasmine Dixon in the face, and the second-ranked Cardinal (20-1, 10-0 Pac-10) won their 41st straight home game and snapped UCLA’s (14-7, 7-3) four-game winning streak.
Tennessee 74, Arkansas 57 - Kelley Cain scored 14 points, grabbed 17 rebounds, and blocked 8 shots as the fifth-ranked Lady Volunteers (20-2, 8-1 Southeastern Conference) routed the visiting Razorbacks (9-13, 1-8).
Ohio State 86, Iowa 82 - Brittany Johnson scored 13 of her 18 points in the second half to rally the eighth-ranked Buckeyes (22-3, 10-2 Big Ten) over the Hawkeyes (11-11, 4-7) in Columbus, Ohio.
Purdue 78, Indiana 75 - Robbie Hummel and JaJuan Johnson each scored 21 points, and the eighth-ranked Boilermakers (19-3, 7-3 Big Ten) won in Bloomington, Ind., for the first time since 1999 to snap an eight-game road skid against the Hoosiers (9-12, 3-6).
Butler 63, Detroit 58 - In Indianapolis, Gordon Hayward had 18 points and 10 rebounds and the No. 23 Bulldogs (19-4, 12-0 Horizon League) won their 11th straight by holding off the Titans (14-9, 7-5).
Tennessee 59, LSU 54 - In Baton Rouge, La., Wayne Chism scored 20 points and the No. 14 Volunteers (17-4, 5-2) kept the Tigers (9-13, 0-8) winless in the Southeastern Conference.
BU 69, New Hampshire 47 - John Holland had 23 points and sophomore Jake O’Brien added 15 and the host Terriers (12-11, 7-4 America East) overcame an early 10-point deficit to rout the Wildcats (8-12, 3-6).