Eagles survive scare from EMU

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Kathrin Ress made a backdoor layup with 12

seconds left and Boston College hung on to beat Eastern Michigan

58-56 Saturday in an NCAA women's first-round game.

Third-seeded Boston College (26-6), the Big East tournament

champion, will meet Ohio State (21-9) in the second round on Monday

night. The sixth-seeded Buckeyes beat West Virginia 73-67 in the

opening game at their own St. John Arena.

With the score tied and only 15 seconds left, Ress took a pass

and banked a shot off the backboard, the ball hesitating on the

back of the iron for an instant before falling through.

After a timeout, 14th-seeded Eastern Michigan (22-8) -- playing

its first game ever in the NCAA tournament -- got the ball to Ryan

Coleman with 4 seconds left. Her hurried 3-point shot from the top

of the key at the buzzer was wide.

Ress led Boston College with 16 points, Amber Jacobs had 13, and

Clare Droesch added 11 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.

Coleman scored 15 points and Melis Ulker had 12 before fouling

out for Eastern Michigan, the Mid-American Conference tournament

champions.

Boston College broke out to a 22-4 lead in the opening 5:13,

hitting its first nine shots including all four 3-point tries. The

Eagles didn't miss a shot until Jessalyn Deveny misfired on a

3-pointer from the right corner at 14:16 mark. They followed that

with a jumper by Brooke Queenan that pushed the lead to 20.

Jacobs made three shots from behind the arc during the early

surge, and all five players scored.

Stunned by the early flurry, Eastern Michigan regrouped but the

Eagles came right back with a 13-0 run of their own. Like Boston

College, five players contributed with Marion Crandall, Erika Ford

and Sarah VanMetre each hitting 3s to cut the lead to 24-17 by the

9:13 mark.

BC led 34-24 at the half and expanded that to 42-29 in the

opening 5 1/2 minutes.

Once again, Eastern Michigan roared back. A 10-0 run was capped

by Coleman's two free throws with 4:49 left that cut the lead to

51-50. After Ress made a rebound follow, Eastern Michigan took the

lead for the first time on baskets by Ford and Coleman.

Deveny's 3-pointer with 3:02 left put BC ahead 56-54, with Nikki

Knapp tying it with 40 seconds left on a short shot off an assist

from VanMetre.

BC has won eight straight and 12 of 13. The Eagles are in the

NCAA tournament for the third consecutive year.