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Swartz scores 33, BC tops Pitt in ACC women's opener 67-56

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Cameron Swartz scored a career-high 33 points and 13th-seeded Boston College opened the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament with a 67-56 win over 12th-seeded Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

Swartz matched her career-high with four 3-pointers and the career 72% shooter from the foul line made 15 of 16 free throws, the first time she shot more than seven in a game.

Makayla Dickens had three 3s and 11 points for the Eagles (7-11), who play fifth-seeded Syracuse on Thursday.

After the Panthers opened the scoring, Swartz scored the next nine points, getting fouled on a 3-pointer and hitting two. Kaylah Ivey followed with another trey.

In the second quarter Swartz scored nine straight BC points, including a 3 and another foul on a 3, as the lead reached 15.

Pitt scored the last 13 points to close within 28-26 at halftime but Swartz, who had 20 points at the break, opened the second half with her final 3 and the Eagles began pulling away. The lead was nine after three quarters and in double figures throughout the fourth.

Boston College was 10 of 24 from distance.

Jayla Everett scored 22 points for Pitt (5-14), which finish with a five-game losing streak since beating BC 83-80. Amber Brown added 15 points and nine rebounds for the Panthers, who shot 33% and had 22 turnovers.

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