Joanna Bernabei-McNamee, Boston College fall short in first round of the ACC Women's Tournament

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP/WYMT) - Jocelyn Willoughby had her 10th double-double of the season and Dominique Toussaint added 11 points and eight assists to help No. 12 seed Virginia beat Boston College 77-61 on Wednesday in the first round of the ACC tournament.

Virginia will play fifth-seeded Syracuse in Thursday's second round.

Willoughby scored 25 of her career-high 29 points in the second half and finished with 13 rebounds. Toussaint, a junior who came in with 992 career points, became the 36th player in program history to top the 1,000-point plateau.

Boston College opened a 12-point lead when Sydney Lowery hit a 3-pointer with early in the second half but the Eagles made just two of their next 12 shots and Willoughby scored 11 points in a 24-5 run that made it 49-42 with 57 seconds left in the third quarter. The Cavaliers (12-18) led the rest of the way and Willoughby, who finished 12 of 12 from the free-throw line, hit eight foul shots as Virginia scored 14 of the final 16 points.

Emma Guy had 18 points for No. 13 seed Boston College (14-16), which finished its season on a nine-games losing streak.

The season was the Eagles' first under former UPIKE women's basketball head coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee.

"That was a bad way to end a season. We're a little disappointed in our locker room," Bernabei-McNamee said following the game. "But I think this team, for being young, really fought this year, and I think every team that played us, for the most part, had to put a fight up to get one over on us."

The Eagles don't lose a single player due to graduation this season, which is reassuring for Bernabei-McNamee.

"I think it's great that we have everyone returning. So we're going to work really hard at this. If this doesn't fire us up to work hard in the offseason, I don't know what will."