by Mike Potter
GREENSBORO COLISEUM It's another battle in the "maroon bracket" of the ACC Women's Basketball Tournament as No. 7 seed Boston College, having dispatched Virginia Tech in Thursday's first round, will take on No. 2 seed Florida State.
Everything is set for a Seminole victory.
They're ranked No. 8 nationally. They've won eight straight games since their visit to Duke. And they've never lost to Sylvia Crawley's Eagles.
On paper, it looks like a very easy win. But don't forget we're going to play tonight on wood.
And wood sometimes hurts when you fall on it.
FSU gets an awful break when Jacinta Monroe goes down with a sprained ankle, and BC puts together an inspired team effort to win 67-60.
BC's twin towers of Carolyn Swords and Stefanie Murphy are in foul trouble from the outset, but the Eagles get through it.
The Seminoles lead 28-24 at halftime, and stretch the lead to 36-29 on a 12-foot jumper from Alexa Deluzio with 16:33 left.
But the Eagles come back with eight straight points, including a three-point play from Ayla Brown (pictured) and a 3-pointer from Jaclyn Thoman to set up a pair of Brown free throws for a 41-39 lead with 10:52 to go.
FSU ties the score at 46-46 on a three-point play from Cierra Bravard with 6:04 left, with Murphy drawing her fifth foul on the play. But Jasmine Gill - a product of Greensboro's Page High - responds with the next four points, and the lead went to 59-49 on a pair of Thoman free throws with 1:41 showing.
Stefanie Murphy leads the Eagles with 14 points before fouling out with 6:04 to go, while Gill adds 13. Swords finishes with 11 as does Brown, the former American Idol star whose father Scott is the junior Senator from Massachusetts.
Alysha Harvin and Bravard hit 13 points each for FSU, while Chasity Clayton finishes with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
BC outshoots the Seminoles 48.8 percent to 27.6, but is outrebounded 44-34 and commits 18 turnovers to FSU's nine.
They said it:
BC coach Sylvia Crawley: "We played a few games that prepared us for this game. I think we faced every type of situation during the regular season and we had some games where a team would make a strong run at us and we would not fight back. (Tonight) I think we were very, very determined to fight back."
FSU coach Sue Semrau: "We got 33 more shots off than (BC) did. We just couldn't buy one, and that's not like our team. But it is what it is. It wasn't very fun playing without our leading scorer. And, fortunately for all of us, her ankle is not broken."
Swords: ""I have to make sure that I'm really doing everything in my power to stay out of foul trouble or to prevent from putting myself in a situation that would take the game out of my hands. I just have to weigh what is more important, whether I stop the shot or stay in the game. (Murphy) did a great job when she was in there."
What does it all mean?
That the Eagles are heading into very unfamiliar territory as they hit the court in tomorrow's semifinals. And that the Seminoles are going to be just fine on their home court in the first two rounds of the NCAA.
Stars of the game
Play of the game
Swords' three-point play with 4:20 left to make it 53-46.
FSU leads 5-1.
BC: Won 2.
FSU: Lost 1.
BC vs. N.C. State, Saturday, 3:30 p.m.