CANCUN – Boston College opened the game on a 31-10 run and never looked back as it cruised to a 75-54 victory over UNCW in the Cancun Challenge Thursday at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya.

The Eagles improved to 3-2 overall while the Seahawks slipped to 1-5. Both teams return to action Friday in action at the Cancun Challenge. UNCW faces Southern California at 7:30 (CT) while Boston College faces Iowa at 5 p.m. (CT).

Senior Kristen Doherty scored 13 points to lead three BC players in double figures as the Eagles shot 56.4 percent (31-of-55) from the floor for the contest, including a sizzling 62.9 percent (18-of-29) in the first half. Junior Kat Cooper pitched in 12 points and freshman Kelly Hughes added 11 while also pulling down a team-best eight rebounds to give the Eagles a 46-32 advantage on the glass.

Junior Kelva Atkins scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Seahawks, who connected on a season-low 28.3 percent (17-of-60) of its field goal attempts in the contest. Freshman Brie Mobley finished just shy of a double-double, scoring nine points and grabbing a game-best nine rebounds.

BC never trailed in the contest, opening the game with nine of the first 11 points before using a 19-4 run over a nearly eight-minute span midway through the frame to break open a six-point game and take a 31-10 lead with 6:08 remaining.

A 3-pointer by freshman Johanna McMillan brought the Eagles run to a close and sparked the Seahawks to tally nine of the next 11 points and pull the Seahawks with 14, 33-19, but BC tallied the last 11 points of the half to take a 44-19 advantage into the locker room.

In the second half, BC used a 7-3 spurt to take its largest lead of the game, 60-29, with 12:10 on the clock, only to see the Seahawks respond with 14 unanswered points to trim the Eagles’ advantage to 60-43 with 9:09 remaining.

Back-to-back layups by freshman Emilee Daley closed the Seahawks’ run and keyed an 8-2 spurt that saw the Eagles rebuild their lead to 68-45. The two teams traded baskets over the last five minutes to determine the final 21-point margin.

Game Notes

  • Boston College increased its lead in the all-time series to 2-0. The two teams met for the first time since their inaugural matchup on Dec. 19, 2010 at Conte Forum.
  • The Seahawks recorded double-digit steals for the third time this season as it recorded 10 thefts in the contest.Boston College held a 40-22 advantage in points in the paint, highlighted by a 24-8 margin in the first half.
  • The Eagles’ bench out-scored the Seahawks’ reserves by a 30-13 margin. Thirty of the 43 combined bench points came in the second half.
  • The Eagles’ .564 field goal percentage represented the eighth-highest field goal percentage for a UNCW opponent since the start of the 2000-01 season.
  • UNCW’s .283 (17-of-60) field goal percentage established a new season low in that category, surpassing the Seahawks .292 (19-of-65) effort against Tulane on Nov. 22.
  • Both teams shot below 70 percent at the free-throw line as UNCW was 14-of-21 (.667) at the charity stripe while BC was 7-of-14 (.500) at the line.
  • The Seahawks finished with 13 or fewer turnovers for the second straight contest and the third time this season as they were charged with 13 miscues in the contest.
  • BC ended the contest with 20 turnovers as the Seahawks held an 18-11 margin in points scored off turnovers.

Player Notes

2 – Brie Mobley

  • Pulled down a season-high in rebounds, surpassing her previous season high of 7 set against Elon on Nov. 13.

3 – Kelva Atkins

  • Reached double figures in points for the sixth time this season and the 12th straight contest dating back to the end of last season.
  • Led team in scoring for the sixth time this season and the 11th time in her career.