NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Amber
Jacobs made a high-arching layup with 2.5 seconds left
in overtime, lifting Boston College to an 86-85 comeback
victory over Vanderbilt in the East Regional on Monday
The fifth-seeded Eagles (22-8) advanced to the round
of the 16 for the first time in five trips to the tournament,
and got both victories on game-winning shots by Jacobs.
The junior guard stunned regional host Old Dominion
73-72 by making a jumper with 3.3 seconds to play in
the first round.
Vanderbilt (22-10) had taken a 85-84 lead on Hillary
Hager's fifth 3-pointer in as many tries with 12.7 seconds
to play in the extra period. The fourth-seeded Commodores
were denied a third straight trip to the round of 16.
Jacobs scored 25 points for the Eagles, 18 after halftime.
Becky Gottstein added 24 points and eight rebounds,
and was spared an agonizing memory when Jacobs' shot
lingered on the rim, then finally bounced in.
With eight-tenths of a second to play in regulation,
Gottstein missed two free throws, either of which would
have given the Eagles the victory.
In overtime, Clare Droesch's 3-pointer and jumper and
a free throw by Brooke Queenan gave the Eagles a four-point
lead, but Chantelle Anderson scored four points and
Jenni Benningfield hit two free throws -- her 25th and
26th points, but first in more than 15 minutes -- to
tie it with 1:42 left.
Two free throws by Jacobs gave the Eagles the lead,
Anderson's basket inside tied it, Jessalyn Deveny's
baseline 18-footer gave it back to the Eagles and Hager's
fifth 3-pointer set up the dramatic conclusion.
Anderson led Vanderbilt with 28 points and Benningfield
Vanderbilt appeared on its way to victory when it opened
a 57-46 lead with 11:23 to go, but the Eagles rallied,
mostly behind Jacobs. The junior scored 14 of Boston
College's next 21 points, and Droesch then pulled them
even at 67 when she banked in a rebound with 3:59 left.
Ashley McElhiney's second 3-pointer, and first since
the opening 90 seconds, gave Vanderbilt the lead back,
but Deveny's baseline jumper and Droesch's banked-in
25-footer gave the Eagles a 72-71 edge.
After Anderson made one of two free throws, Gottstein's
basket from underneath with 1:17 left pushed the Eagles'
lead to 74-71, but Hager hit her fourth 3-pointer from
the left wing to tie it with a minute left.