Previewing 2018-19 Women’s Basketball: Saint Peter’s

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Boston College women’s basketball started off the season on the right foot against Rhode Island, easily dispatching its non-conference opponent by 22 points. The Eagles (1-0) now face a similarly weak opponent in St. Peter’s (1-1) in their home opener on Sunday afternoon. The Peacocks split their first two games, beating NJIT and falling to Massachusetts Lowell, and are looking to avoid last season’s pitfalls, as they won just four games. BC cruised to victory in its first game under head coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee and will aim to keep up that momentum this Sunday, where it’ll have a good chance of picking up its first win at home.

Who is BC playing?
St. Peter’s

Where is BC playing?
Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, Mass.

When is BC playing?
Sunday, Nov. 11, 4 p.m.

How to watch:
The game will be livestreamed on ACC Network Extra.

By the numbers:

BC:

1) Freshman Marnelle Garraud led the Eagles in her debut against URI with 19 points and four steals. Taylor Ortlepp was close behind with 15 points while Emma Guy had a team-high of 10 rebounds and nine points.

2) Against the Rams, the Eagles started the game off hot, shooting 46 percent in the first half—including a 61 percent mark in the second quarter.

3) BC shot 40 percent from beyond the arc on Thursday, with 13 triples as a team. Ortlepp piled up five of those 3-pointers—the fourth time in her career that she has reached that mark.

St. Peter’s:

1) Zoe Pero is the only junior that is a returning starter, coming off a year in which she averaged 9.9 points and 5.7 rebounds to pace the team. Against UMass Lowell on Friday, she had eight consecutive points for her team, giving the Peacocks a two-point fourth quarter lead.

2) Freshman point guard Briyanah Richardson leads the Peacocks in points (30) and assists (10) thus far. She is averaging 15 points and five assists per game.

3) Freshman forward Wil’lisha Jackson leads St. Peter’s in rebounds with 14, giving her an average of seven per game—Jackson stands 5-foot-8 and is a product of Rahway, N.J.

Last meeting:
The last time BC faced St. Peter’s was in 1994 at the Princeton Invitational, where the Peacocks beat the Eagles, 61-43. The two teams have only met twice in all-time history, splitting the pair of games.

Outlook:
The Eagles played very well against URI, especially considering the fact that they have a new head coach and a bevy of new talent lining the roster. They were effective on offense and worked their new players into the lineup, even starting a pair of freshmen. They kept up momentum all the way into the second half, which they will need to do against St. Peter’s—a team that they shouldn’t struggle with—on Sunday. It’s going to take a few games for BC to get in the swing of things with all these new changes, but it seems to be adjusting well at the moment. By working together to take smart shots and protect the boards, as they did against the Rams, the Eagles will be well-positioned to come out with their first win at home.

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