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A sweet win by BC women

They stun top seed Ohio St.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The Boston College women's basketball team will go back East briefly, but then will turn around and head for Albuquerque. The No. 8 seed Eagles upset top seed Ohio State, 79-69, last night before 3,766 at Mackey Arena in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Eagles (21-11) earned a berth in the Sweet 16 for the third time. And they did it in style: They not only snapped the Buckeyes' 20-game winning streak, but the game marked just the sixth time (and first since 1998) that a No. 1 seed has been upset in the first or second round of the NCAA Tournament.

BC was prepared for the inside threat of 6-foot-5-inch All-American Jessica Davenport, who scored 21 points and had 7 rebounds.

But the Eagles had their own weapon in junior guard Kindyll Dorsey, who fired up six 3-pointers as she scored a game-high 24 points.

The Eagles, who earned a date against Utah Saturday, were smiling, if hoarse, as they talked after the game with visions of New Mexico in their mind.

''I can't be any more pleased with our team's effort, and I emphasize 'team,' because I think it's a total team effort," said coach Cathy Inglese. ''Each individual went out there to play to her own capability, and that's one of the things we stressed going into this game. We didn't have to play over our heads to beat Ohio State, we just had to go out there and play."

Four Eagles scored in double figures, and Kathrin Ress had a team-high 7 rebounds.

Dorsey echoed her coach, trying to deflect the attention from herself.

''Everyone played so well, and I'm just so happy," said Dorsey, who hit three of the Eagles' four shots from behind the arc in the first half, and accounted for 13 points, as BC took a 38-35 halftime lead.

Davenport was supposed to dominate the Eagles, but she was having a hard time fighting through BC's defense and scored just 8 points in the first half on 4-for-8 shooting.

''We all, especially Kathrin, did a really good job on Davenport," said Brooke Queenan, who had 19 points. ''We just focused on what we needed to do and shut down the paint for the whole game."

Both teams ran hard and gave up few second-chance baskets in the early going. But once the Eagles fell behind by 1 point, 7-6, on a trey by Ohio State's Marscilla Packer, they took charge. Packer committed a turnover that led to a basket by Queenan, touching off an 11-0 run, culminated by another basket by Queenan to give BC a 17-7 lead. During the run, Aja Parham converted a steal by Sarah Marshall, and Queenan hit a 3-pointer.

The score was tied five times in the half, including 35-35 after Dorsey scored with 1:10 to play. But Dorsey hit a 3-pointer with 16 seconds left, and Davenport missed on Ohio State's last possession before intermission.

The score was tied again three times in the second half, but BC took an 8-point lead, 61-53, on a 3-pointer by Dorsey.

Ohio State coach Jim Foster said the difference he saw from his team's overtime win over BC in December was that the Buckeyes (29-3) couldn't contain the outside shot this time.

''We did a great job on Dorsey in December, and today we did a very, very really poor job," he said. ''That is the bottom line if you look at the numbers."

Foster also had praise for Marshall.

''That Marshall kid is a steady, hard-nosed player," he said. ''For her to play 40 minutes and to have no turnovers, it's a terrific stat. And she got the ball where it needed to be gotten."

Marshall said it never felt odd when the Eagles were leading, because it was what they envisioned.

''I think even before the game we were confident," she said. ''I think we're probably some of the only people who aren't surprised at where we are right now."

Which is bound for New Mexico.

Purdue 61, UCLA 54 -- In the other second-round game at Mackey Arena, Purdue's suffocating defense overcame UCLA's high-powered guards to earn the Boilermakers a trip to the Sweet 16.

Katie Gearlds scored 15 points and Erin Lawless and Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton added 14 apiece for Purdue (26-6).

Nikki Blue had 18 points and 5 assists and Lisa Willis added 15 points for the Bruins.

UCLA (21-11) took a 53-49 lead on a Lisa Pluimer basket with 7:21 to go, but the Bruins didn't make another basket the rest of the way. UCLA, ranked in the top 10 nationally in scoring offense, tied a season low by shooting 32.3 percent from the field.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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