BC women have sizable edge on HC
Carolyn Swords powered her way to game highs of 33 points and 15 rebounds, and Boston College was too strong up front in defeating Holy Cross, 82-69, last night in Worcester.
The 6-foot-6-inch Swords (15 of 17 from the field) and forward Stefanie Murphy (10 points, seven rebounds) nearly outrebounded the entire Crusaders team, and overall the Eagles finished with a 39-25 edge on the boards and a 48-18 advantage on points in the paint.
Mickel Picco added 19 points for BC (2-0).
Briana McFadden led Holy Cross (0-2) with 21 points and six rebounds, and Bethany O'Dell scored 18.
West Virginia 79, Northeastern 42 - Liz Repella (23 points, 14 rebounds) and the Mountaineers (2-1) had it easy at home, limiting the Huskies to 16 first-half points.
Jasmine Crew was the high scorer for NU (0-2) with 13 points.
Hartford 69, Providence 50 - Lisa Etienne tallied 17 points, Diana Delva recorded 17 points and 10 rebounds, and the Hawks (2-0) led the host Friars (1-1) by as many as 31 points in the second half.
Rutgers 83, Princeton 35 - Epiphanny Price had 15 points and the third-ranked Scarlet Knights (2-0) built a 30-4 lead and poured it on at home.
BU 71, Bucknell 68 - John Holland hit a pair of late free throws to force overtime, then scored 7 of BU's 12 points in the extra period to lead the Terriers (1-1) in Lewisburg, Pa.
Holland finished with 12 points, while Corey Lowe led BU with 19. Justin Castleberry's 17 points paced Bucknell (0-2), which blew a 43-31 halftime lead.
Vermont 89, Yale 58 - At Burlington, Vt., Maurice Joseph and Colin McIntosh both had 17 points and Mike Trimboli tacked on 16 for the Catamounts (1-1), who turned 27 turnovers by the Bulldogs (0-2) into 32 points.
Providence 100, Dartmouth 82 - Seven players reached double figures for the host Friars (1-1), led by Marshon Brooks's 18 points. Alex Barnett totaled 28 points for the Big Green (0-2).
N. Carolina 77, Kentucky 58 - Deon Thompson scored a career-high 20 points as the top-ranked Tar Heels (2-0), again playing without the injured Tyler Hansbrough, pounded the Wildcats (0-2) in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Texas 76, Tulane 51 - Damion James was the high man with 16 points, one of five double-figure scorers for the No. 7 Longhorns (2-0) in Austin, Texas.
Gonzaga 80, Idaho 46 - The No. 9 Bulldogs (2-0) opened with a 17-0 run to blast the visiting Vandals (1-2). Micah Downs led Gonzaga with 18 points.
Purdue 78, Loyola of Chicago 46 - The No. 11 Boilermakers (3-0) advanced to the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off, getting 14 points from E'Twaun Moore in West Lafayette, Ind.
Oklahoma 82, Davidson 78 - Behind 25 points and 21 rebounds from Blake Griffin, the 12th-ranked Sooners (3-0) overcame a career-high 44 points by Stephen Curry to beat the No. 21 Wildcats (2-1) in Norman, Okla., and advance to the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals.
Tennessee 91, Tenn.-Martin 64 - Brian Williams scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and the No. 14 Volunteers (2-0) set a school record with their 34th consecutive home victory.
Arizona St. 59, San Diego St. 52 - James Harden had 18 points as the No. 15 Sun Devils (2-0) rallied in San Diego.
Southern Cal 73, New Mexico St. 60 - The No. 19 Trojans (2-0) received 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 blocks from Taj Gibson in Los Angeles.
Kansas 85, Florida Gulf Coast 45 - The No. 24 Jayhawks (2-0) raised their 2008 national title banner and coasted behind Sherron Collins's 25 points.
Brown 3, Harvard 3 - Matt Vokes scored his first of the year 6:29 into the third period, enabling the Bears (0-4-2, 0-2-2 ECAC) to pull even with the No. 18 Crimson (4-2-1, 4-2-1) in Providence.