Category Archives: Women’s Basketball

Eagles Roll Past Dartmouth For Fourth Straight Win

As most students left the Heights for Christmas break, Boston College women’s basketball welcomed guests to Conte Forum: Dartmouth College, who arrived to try to snap the Eagles’ three game win streak. The Big Green overcame an early deficit with a strong second quarter to keep the second half of the game relatively close, but the Eagles eventually pulled ahead for the 65-53 victory.

BC (6-6) and Dartmouth (4-7) came out of the gate slowly, going more than a minute without scoring. But Kailey Edwards would strike first, accepting Kelly Hughes’s pass and sinking a jumper to get the Eagles on the board. Over the next three and a half minutes, Hughes and freshmen Emma Guy and Georgia Pineau contributed eight points to give BC a double-digit lead.

Dartmouth’s Kate Letkewicz drained a three and an assist to Fanni Szabo to quickly cut BC’s lead in half. Down 10-5, the Big Green needed to make defensive stops and employ an aggressive offense to keep the game close. But for the remainder of the first quarter, the Eagles pulled away behind contributions from Hughes, Edwards, Emilee Daley, and Martina Mosetti. Heading into the second quarter, the Eagles had a comfortable 22-10 lead.

Edwards and Katie Quandt opened scoring for BC in the second half, adding to the lead. But Dartmouth hit a rhythm, defending the Eagles well and dominating on offense. Amber Mixon hit a trey to spark the offensive flurry for the Big Green. Letkewicz, Isalys Quinones, and Olivia Smith all contributed points to cut into BC’s lead. With less than four and a half minutes to go in the half, Letkewicz made a three to cut the lead to 28-26. A little more than 30 seconds later, Quinones grabbed an offensive rebound and kicked the ball out to Andi Norman beyond the arc. Norman sank a three to give Dartmouth its first lead of the game at 29-28. Szabo hit another three a few minutes later to push the Big Green’s lead to 32-28, but a Katie Quandt layup ensured that the Eagles would only be down two at halftime.

The game remained close for much of the third quarter, with Dartmouth maintaining a lead for the first five minutes. Halfway through the quarter, however, Edwards made a pair of free throws to tie the game at 35 apiece. With four and a half minutes to go in the quarter, Taylor Ortlepp regained the lead for BC. Edwards drove to the lane and missed a layup, but Ortlepp grabbed the offensive board and put it back up to give the Eagles a 37-35 lead. From there, BC never looked back, closing out the third quarter with a 49-41 lead.

The fourth quarter saw the Eagles maintain their lead. Pineau and Edwards converted free throws early in the quarter to build the lead. Guy and Edwards sank layups. With four minutes to go in the game, BC’s lead had grown to double digits again, with the Eagles leading 58-47. The next three minutes saw a dry spell for BC, but it prevented Dartmouth from scoring more than three points in that time period, preserving its comfortable lead. Mosetti broke the dry spell with a free throw with one minute to go. In the final minute, Hughes and Edwards contributed two free throws each to pull away even more from the Big Green. Edwards sank a layup in the closing seconds of the game to lock down the final score.

BC relied on Edwards in its victory. The graduate student contributed 16 points, six rebounds, and two assists over 35 minutes of play. She shot a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe. Guy and Hughes also made all of their free throws, with both players attempting two in the game. Dalee went 1-for-1 from the line. Overall, the Eagles shot almost 70 percent from the line in their fourth straight victory.

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Eagles Dominate Boards in Win Over Central Connecticut State

Boston College women’s basketball isn’t accustomed to height advantages. The Eagles are often undersized against ACC opponents, who push them to the perimeter where they largely live and die by the 3-pointer. But on Sunday, BC made the paint its personal playground, towering over Central Connecticut State in a dominant 66-46 victory.

Mariella Fasoula and Emma Guy, who stand 6-foot-4 and 6-foot-3, respectively, established an inside presence early for the Eagles (5-6). The frontcourt duo grabbed three rebounds each in the first quarter alone, helping BC to a 16-13 lead after the opening 10 minutes. Fasoula also added three buckets, part of her team-high 14 points.

With effective team defense, the Eagles began to stifle the attack of the Blue Devils (1-9). CCSU’s 13 points in the first quarter were more than it would get in the next two quarters combined. BC’s defense fueled its offense, sparking a 7-0 run to start the second quarter. The guards complemented the gritty play of BC’s forwards down low with a shooting display from beyond the arc. Senior sharpshooter Kelly Hughes drained a triple to extend the Eagles’ lead to double digits before a pair of free throws by Andi Lydon brought the Blue Devil deficit back down to eight. BC closed the half with five straight points, bringing a 14-point lead into the locker room.

The Eagles’ momentum didn’t dissipate in the third quarter thanks to Hughes, who drilled two more 3-pointers as part of a 13-4 run to open the quarter. Emilee Daley also had the hot hand from downtown, hitting 3-of-5 attempts from beyond the arc and finishing with 11 points, five rebounds, and two assists. They would continue the lopsided pace, outscoring CCSU 24-8 in the third quarter to take a 30-point lead into the final frame.

Head coach Erik Johnson opted to rest his starters in the fourth quarter, allowing the Blue Devils to chip into BC’s insurmountable lead. It took three minutes for the Eagles to secure their first basket, but the rookie-filled lineup received some valuable playing time in the waning minutes of the contest. Freshman Shannon Ryan tallied her first collegiate point, and freshman Jasmine Taylor put up four points and four rebounds. BC finished with 22 assists on its 28 field goals, a season-best.

BC’s performance on the boards was truly impressive. Five Eagles finished with at least five rebounds, and the team outrebounded CCSU 47-24. But with the arrival of big-time programs and the conference schedule comes big-time players who will not concede the paint so easily.

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BC Strings Together First Win Streak With Victory vs. Friars

It’s hard to imagine a better start. After recording the first nine points of Saturday evening’s game, Boston College women’s basketball outscored Providence, 13-7, to finish the opening quarter. It looked as if the Eagles were not only on their way to their second consecutive victory, but a decisive one at that.

Ultimately, the Eagles defeated their former Big East rivals, 57-53. But a couple more Providence (7-3) 3-pointers, and its perimeter-driven comeback would have been complete.

BC (4-6) nailed two-thirds of its shots from the field in the first quarter. Even the most unlikely shots were falling. Two and a half minutes in, Georgia Pineau, after multiple hesitation pump fakes, beat the shot clock with a heave from beyond the arc. Mariella Fasoula, Emma Guy, and Pineau clogged the driving lanes, each blocking a shot. With nowhere to go on the interior, the Friars were forced to the outside. But the nation’s fifth-best 3-point shooting team could only muster one conversion from downtown.

Down 19-7, Providence had the ball with a few seconds remaining in the period. Sarah Beal had the chance to bring the ball up the court for one last scoring opportunity. Unfortunately for the Friars, Beal lost control of the ball, and it rolled out of bounds. Pineau inbounded to Kailey Edwards on the left wing. Edwards pulled up for the quick trey, but was fouled with 1/10th of a second to go in the quarter. The redshirt senior made all three of her shots from the charity stripe.

For the first portion of the second quarter, nothing changed.

Providence’s first shot was a Yoyo Nogic airball from 3-point land. This miscalculation was quite telling of the Friar’s start. Nogic, the nation’s ninth-best 3-point marksman, typically makes more than half of her shots from deep. To make matters worse, an Edwards mid-range jump shot and a Kelly Hughes triple extended the BC lead to 20.

Slowly, but surely, Providence began to heat up from three. A Clara Che 3-pointer, followed by an array of baskets by the entire Friar cast, including a Nogic 3-pointer of her own, got Providence back in the game. Entering the third quarter, the Friars only trailed 36-25.

The deficit would have been even smaller if it wasn’t for Edwards. The forward drained three jumpers and laid in another, en route to completing her 12-point half. Her performance put her over the 1,000-point mark for her career and put her team in a position to counter the Providence comeback.

It felt like déjà vu. Earlier in the week, BC pounced on a double-digit lead over Yale. But the second half brought trouble, as the Bulldogs strung together a 15-2 run and found a rhythm from distance. While the numbers differed, the same thing happened against Providence.

The Friars jumped out to a 8-0 run to kick off second half play. A Hughes layup ended the scoreless streak, but not the Providence shooting spree. Allegra Botteghi came right back with a 3-pointer to tie the game at 37. Although the sides ended the quarter trading baskets, only a total of 10 points were scored in the final five and a half minutes.

Unlike the beginning of the game, BC’s possessions were drawn out to the end of the shot clock, forcing players to make quick decisions. Often, they looked to Fasoula who was typically double- or triple-teamed. As a result, the Eagles turned the ball over, thereby forfeiting several offensive chances. It wasn’t too pretty on the Providence side either. The Friars were continuously outworked on the glass and went dry from the field. Yet it was a Che 3-pointer at the buzzer that carried the game into the final period, tied at 42.

It took more than two minutes, but Fasoula struck first blood in the fourth. Just seconds later, Nogic downed one from 3-point land, giving Providence its first lead of the game—thanks to Hughes, a lead that was short-lived. The veteran guard spotted up from deep, lifting the Eagles back on top. A Fasoula post move and score, and a Hughes baseline drive and finger roll finish, distanced BC from the Friars.

Botteghi landed one last 3-pointer, but a turnover on Providence’s next possession effectively ended the game.

For the second consecutive game, the Eagles have had to find a second gear, in order overcome their opponent’s comeback. It has worked two times in a row, but teams cannot win in the long run playing like this—something that head coach Erik Johnson has recognized.

“Our consistency has been our achilles heel right now,” Johnson said. “We play some beautiful basketball for stretches. It’s the mistakes, it’s the periods where we make silly passes or make a defensive error that allows teams to hang around.”

For the fourth straight game, BC turned the ball over more than 15 times. Providence made them pay for these mistakes, but the punishment will only get worse come ACC play.

Johnson and his supporting cast must focus on limiting the unforced errors. If they do that, and continue to spread the ball around, the wins will keep rolling in. For the second-straight game, three BC players scored at least 10 points. Players like Edwards and Pineau are starting to find confidence in their shots. We may be nine games into the season, but this multidimensional-looking Eagles team is just getting started.

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Eagles Showcase Potential With Win at Yale

With seconds remaining in the first quarter, Kailey Edwards ball-hawked a Yale pass, brought the ball up, and channeled her options. The redshirt senior looked back and slung the ball to a charging Katie Quandt. Just before the sound of the buzzer, Quandt laid it in, giving Boston College women’s basketball a four-point cushion.

Mariella Fasoula, last year’s runner-up for ACC Rookie of the Year and BC’s primary source of production, was on the bench in Payne Whitney Gymnasium. For head coach Erik Johnson’s crew on Wednesday night, that was exactly what it needed.

This sequence showed the Eagles that they could score without the star-center.

The team finished the first half on a 13-4 run and refused to concede its lead for the remainder of play. With the 71-64 victory, BC (3-6), ended a pair of streaks—its own two-game skid and the Bulldogs’ (7-3) six-game winning streak. More importantly, the Eagles featured a balanced scoring attack.

For the first time this season, three starters finished in double figures. But just a couple minutes into the opening period, it looked as if BC was on its way to another typical performance—the Fasoula show.

In fact, the sophomore was responsible for the Eagles’ first point, assist, and rebound. Point guard Martina Mosetti went back to Fasoula time and time again. The Greek sophomore would receive the pass, turn, and scoop the ball into the basket. Early on into the game, the contest was dictated by a battle between Fasoula and Yale’s Jen Berkowitz in the paint. But after Edwards’ steal, the floor opened up for BC.

As the scoring distribution increased, so did the shooting percentage. The Eagles have shot a mere 41.7 percent from the field this season, but the team upped the conversion rate to 59.6 percent against Yale.

BC’s all-time leading marksman from outside, Kelly Hughes, bounced back from her 3-pointer-less effort at Fordham. The senior knocked down a triple near the start of the second half, which complemented her three additional field goals and late-game trips to the charity stripe, giving her 13 points on the night. Georgia Pineau finished the game on an aggressive note. She extended the Eagles lead back to nine, amidst the Bulldogs’ desperate fourth quarter run. The Australian shot 5-of-7 and tallied seven rebounds and six assists. Edwards wasn’t too far behind her teammates, scoring nine points in the affair, including one of BC’s three 3-pointers.

Yet it was the Eagles’ defense that won them the game. The size on the interior finally yielded results. BC blocked eight shots and limited Yale to 36.1 percent shooting. Additionally, the Eagles, a team that has struggled to outwork opponents on the glass, out-rebounded the Bulldogs, 33-30.

The strength in the paint forced Yale to the perimeter. Naturally, the Bulldogs jacked up 25 3-pointers—this was somewhat successful. The Bulldogs strung together a 15-2 run early on in the latter half of play. Throughout the game, Tamara Simpson, Lena Munzer, and Mary Ann Santucci all hit multiple shots from beyond the arc. But ultimately, the Bulldog offense became one-dimensional. And when the treys stopped falling, BC returned to a comfortable advantage.

The Eagles especially buckled down on defense following a turnover. BC gave the ball up 20 times, but Yale could not capitalize, as the Eagles’ big men frequently initiated enough contact to disrupt Bulldog finishes, but not to draw a foul. That being said, the statistic still reveals one of BC’s lasting flaws. Like tonight, Johnson’s squad had turned the ball over 15 or more times in its previous two games. It lost both. The team’s occasional lack of ball control must be addressed.

To no surprise, Fasoula ended with her third consecutive 20-point performance. But it was the supporting cast which gave BC the win and hope for its upcoming stretch of play—something Johnson’s team has had difficulty finding this season.

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Eagles Finish Week On a Two-Game Skid

Despite having just two wins this season, Boston College women’s basketball should have beat Fordham. The game should have at least been a toss-up. Instead, the should-haves turned into missed opportunities, repeating a cycle seen so many times in this young season, as the Eagles lost 56-49.

From the first moments in the opening quarter, Fordham (6-2, 1-0 Atlantic 10) took control and never let go. A mere 12 seconds into the first quarter, Fordham registered its first points, thanks to a smooth layup from star forward G’mrice Davis. Fordham followed this quick score by going on a 10-2 run that left BC (2-6) overwhelmed.The Eagles were forced to play catch-up for the rest of the game. BC recovered somewhat before the end of the quarter, as freshman Emma Guy knocked the Rams lead down to six points by the end of the quarter.

A Mariella Fasoula defensive rebound and successive score got the Eagles off to an auspicious second quarter start. The fact that it took this long for Fasoula to get involved offensively was somewhat troubling, as she averages 17.3 points per game and is the team’s leading scorer. Despite this early BC surge, which brought the deficit to four points, the Davis-led Fordham offense quite easily quelled any Eagles momentum. With five minutes left in the half, Davis had recorded 14 points—already more than her season average of 12.6 points. BC finished up the period in even worse shape than when it started, exhibiting an inability to contain Fordham, which ended the quarter up 29-20.

Fordham continued its dominance into the third quarter as the Rams swiftly put four points on the board to further stretch their lead. The Eagles were left unable to respond—BC did not record its first points until three minutes had transpired in the quarter. Due to the collective work of Kelly Hughes and Fasoula, BC was able to pull within five by the end of the quarter. Nevertheless, the momentum remained with the Rams.

The final quarter was much like the first three. BC showed spurts of control and promise, but the smooth force that is Davis was too much for Fasoula, Guy, and Hughes. The Eagles were able to keep the score relatively close throughout the entire quarter, but they could never steal the lead from Fordham.

The Eagles showed some promise over the course of the game, but the early first quarter lead conceded to the Rams forced the Eagles to claw for a comeback the rest of the way. BC had to adapt its usual playing style, while Fordham was free to play loosely.

This change of play style resulted in the Eagles having a plus 10 rebound margin, which is especially noteworthy considering that BC has averaged a minus 0.1 rebound margin to this point. The Eagles severely underperformed in terms of shooting, as they only got off 57 shot attempts, significantly less than their season average of 73.25 attempts. The Rams, on the other hand, got off 74 shot attempts. While the shooting percentage of the Eagles may have improved this game, the sheer number of attempts by Fordham propelled it to the win. Furthermore, the Eagles struggled with free throws, missing all three, while, the Rams made all 10. The early deficit forced the Eagles to play safe, ultimately spelling their downfall.

Two bright spots for the Eagles were Fasoula and Guy. Together, the underclassman duo recorded 61 percent of BC’s total points for the game and each registered six rebounds. Fasoula has been a strong presence and team leader all season. Guy, on the other hand, had registered  just six points in the four games preceding Sunday’s contest. This most recent game showed that the streak of brilliance revealed in the first game of the season is not just a one-time event.

“We’re still sorta in that 50 percent area where half of the plays that we’re making, we’re making the right play,” head coach Erik Johnson told BCEagles.com. “We’re making the right effort play, we’re communicating properly, but unfortunately in half of the plays we’re making mistakes.”

Going into its next matchup against Yale this Wednesday, BC will need to minimize its mistakes and resist retreating to its comfort zone: restricted basketball.

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Eagles Lose Nailbiter to Penn State in ACC-Big Ten Challenge

The ACC-Big Ten challenge could not have been more adequately named. Boston College women’s basketball and Penn State battled down to the waning seconds, with neither team securing more than a seven-point lead at any point in the game. While the Eagles ultimately fell 60-56, they refused to give the Lady Lions an easy win and witnessed a career night from their sophomore star.

Penn State (5-2) took an early lead over BC (2-5) after making two consecutive 3-pointers, but the Eagles were quick to respond with two points and free throws. It took the first five minutes for the Eagles to find their footing, but they made sure to be vocal and communicate with each other, especially as they were faced with as tough a defense as Penn State. After Sierra Moore intercepted a pass by Georgia Pineau, she ran down the court with no opposition, leaving the Eagles to chase after her as she made an easy basket. But Mariella Fasoula established herself in the paint, giving the Eagles 10 points in the first quarter alone and pushing their lead to 19-13 entering the second.

The Eagles started the second quarter with Kelly Hughes taking a risky 3-pointer from the edge of the court. It paid off, and BC ran down the court with an even bigger advantage. The Eagles’ defense was tough for the Lady Lions to break through, and resulted in long pauses where they were unable to make a pass. Penn State continuously ran into traffic but were able to get some advantages as the BC players racked up the fouls. Consequently, the Eagles entered the locker room at halftime with only a one-point cushion of 31-30.

BC had a hard time in the third quarter, scoring only eight points to Penn State’s 15. The Lady Lions came into the frame aggressive, holding long possessions on BC’s end of the court. After Lindsey Spann was fouled shooting a 3-pointer, she went to the line for three free throws that tipped the scale in Penn State’s favor. The frustration was apparent on the Eagles’ faces as they were starting to miss simple shots and quickly falling behind after previously holding a large lead. They were determined to fight until the end and got a couple of points back at the tail end of the quarter.

The fourth quarter was so back and forth that it felt like even taking the time to blink would mean missing something important. While Moore was able to get an immediate bucket, the Eagles were determined to get their lead back. Pineau, Fasoula, and Hughes all made consecutive baskets, and with the gap between the two teams down to just two points, Penn State was forced to take a timeout.

With five minutes left, it was turning into a cat-and-mouse game. One team would get two points, but then the other would immediately counter with two of its own. It took two baskets by Fasoula and Pineau to tie up the game with two minutes left. Fasoula was the star of the game, totaling a career-high 29 points, more than half of BC’s game-ending total. Both Hughes and Penn State’s Peyton Whitted fouled out, but those setbacks weren’t going to stop either team from battling until the very end.

In the last minute of the game, it came down to free throws. Both Penn State and BC used up all of their allotted timeouts, and it came down to Kaliyah Mitchell at the charity stripe. She was able to make both free throws, giving the Lady Lions a four-point lead that solidified their victory.

Despite the result, head coach Erik Johnson wasn’t disappointed with how his team played.

“I cannot be more proud of the way that our team showed today,” Johnson said. “That’s the first time this year that I’ve watched from start to finish and fight, hustle, fight together, work hard. We made mistakes, we certainly had those chances to win that basketball game, but I’ll take that group of kids fighting together and fighting for the fans here at Conte Forum.”

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Women’s Basketball Falls to 1-3 After Loss to St. Mary’s

With a little over a minute left in the third quarter, Marti Mosetti streaked across the court to the sound of cheers. Capitalizing on a turnover by St. Mary’s College, Mosetti made a layup and brought the game to a tie. Only four minutes ago, Boston College had been losing by 10 after giving up six unanswered points at the beginning of the half and battling to stay in the game.

After being fouled on the shot, Mosetti drained a free throw to give BC a one-point lead over St. Mary’s. It would be the only time that the Eagles had the lead during the 62-54 loss to their non-conference opponents from the West Coast.

The loss comes as part of a slow start to the season, with BC losing to Hartford and Seton Hall around a win against Boston University. Going into the first quarter, BC (1-3) quickly fell behind as the St. Mary’s (4-0) defense held it to five points total, while scoring 10 itself. Saint Mary’s sophomore Sydney Raggio contributed heavily to this deficit, going 4-for-4 in the first and eventually leading them team in shots and shots made with 11-of-14.

“She was phenomenal tonight,” head coach Erik Johnson said. “She hit every little jump shot. She earned a bunch of points and she also was so active that we lost her a couple of times and we gave her easy ones.”

Coming into the second period, BC began to mount a comeback, turning the 10-point deficit into only two by halftime. The Eagles also stepped up defensively and held St. Mary’s to six points in the second half. Despite this, the Eagles quickly racked up mistakes in the beginning of the third quarter and once again allowed the Gaels to mount a double-digit lead. Three missed layups by center Mariella Fasoula, coupled with three baskets by St. Mary’s, dug BC back into its earlier hole. But once again, BC mounted a comeback, culminating in Moretti’s lead-taking free throw.

Going into the fourth quarter, the Eagles were down by only four points and managed to stay in the game, but would never manage to get closer than that four-point deficit. In the last 25 seconds, St. Mary’s junior Stella Beck knocked down two free throws and finished the game with an eight-point lead.

“We kept coming back, coming back, coming back, but we kept shooting ourselves in the foot with just one silly play on offense or defense and they took advantage,” Johnson said.

With 24 total personal fouls and 19 turnovers, BC struggled to capitalize on the gains it made throughout, after coming back from double-digit deficits three times. Fasoula, who went 7-of-15 on the day, fouled out in the final quarter, harming the Eagles’ game under the basket.

“Those lack-of-focus mistakes end up really being like double-edged swords,” Johnson said. “And so we made those mistakes in the beginning in both halves and that allowed them to get away and then we had to come back you know and we just came up a couple of possession short.”

Despite repeated comebacks, the Eagles could never fully capitalize and were marred by mistakes. Johnson hopes that this loss will help the players realize areas where they can improve and demonstrate further discipline.

But, while the 1-3 opening record does not appear positive, Johnson still believes the team is improving and growing.

“There’s a ton of promise with all these really good young players,” he said. “We’ve just gotta be smarter and take care of business a little bit better.”

Women’s Basketball Falls on the Road Against Seton Hall

Kelly Hughes called for the ball. As it swung around the perimeter from right to left, Hughes, the all-time 3-point leader for Boston College women’s basketball as of Monday, quickly squared up to the basket. Muscle memory took over as she sent the ball to the hoop. Hughes didn’t even have to look—all she had to do was listen for the swish. But as many times as she did that on Thursday night, it simply wasn’t enough.

Hughes and Georgia Pineau teamed up to score a combined total of 35 points, but their team needed more than two standout players to win this game. BC battled to the finish against Seton Hall, but ultimately fell, 71-66.

One minute into the game, Mariella Fasoula drained a layup to put the Eagles (1-2) on the board first. Both teams had tight defenses, making it a mere 8-6 Seton Hall (3-0) lead halfway through the first quarter.

With three minutes left in the quarter, both defenses started to break down, allowing both teams to quickly score.

Opening up the second quarter, Hughes triggered a 7-0 run to give her team a 27-22 lead. Seton Hall was not going to go away quietly. With seven minutes left in the half, the Pirates regained energy and pressured the Eagles’ defense. They easily dropped defenders and drove to the basket.

Although the Eagles had holes in their man-to-man defense, their offense wasted no time getting to the hoop. Hughes effortlessly drained a wide-open 3-pointer from the corner to help BC maintain the lead.

Soon their passion got the best of them and the Eagles began to quickly rack up fouls. They managed to tally a total of five in just over a minute in the second. BC had no more fouls to give, so the team had to be careful in the last two minutes if it wanted to prevent the Pirates from taking a trip to the charity stripe.

After some sloppy ball handling, the Pirates capitalized to make it a one-possession game. Luckily for the Eagles, the buzzer sounded before the Pirates sank a three, keeping the score 40-37 going into halftime. Hughes led the way into the locker room with 14 points, six boards, and two steals in her pocket.

It took two minutes, but the Eagles broke into the paint in order to score first. After going on a 6-0 run, BC was up 46-37. The team got too comfortable with the nine-point lead and Seton Hall went on a 5-0 run. A minute later, the game was knotted at 48.

The Pirates worked the ball in and out of the arc causing the Eagles to scramble. Seton Hall fired three shots beyond the arc but missed each attempt. Hughes even lost her mojo and missed twice while firing her signature shot from the corner. The score was locked at 48 for almost four minutes until Deja Winters drain a 3-pointer for the Pirates. BC would never catch up.

Claire Lundberg nailed a three off an inbound play, but Pineau answered with one of her own. Heading into the final quarter, the Pirates led 55-52.

Ella Awobajo opened up the fourth quarter with a jumper to make it a one-point game. But, Seton Hall effortlessly passed defenders and quickly gained a seven-point lead. With a quiet Hughes, it was obvious the Eagles began to panic, as they continued to toss up desperate shots.

Only Pineau remained calm. She drained a jumper and gave BC life again. Hughes woke up and made a 3-pointer from the corner to make it a 63-61 game.

Two minutes later, the Pirates were up 69-66. Hughes stole the ball off an inbound pass with 17 seconds remaining and called for a timeout. The Eagles had a play prepared to allow Hughes to drain her 3-pointer from the corner and tie the game. But a dropped pass and kicked ball midway through the play, gave the Pirates possession with little time left on the clock.

With 10 seconds left, Seton Hall made two foul shots. The Eagles were five points down but, they were not ready to give up. BC missed a jumper and a layup as the clock ticked down. The buzzer sounded. And Hughes, who had been excited to have her friends and family in attendance in her home state, will lead BC back to Chestnut Hill with more questions than answers about the team’s season.

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Hughes Becomes BC’s All-Time 3-Point Leader in Win Over Boston University

With 3:38 to go in the third, Kelly Hughes did what she always does. She waited along the perimeter as Mariella Fasoula and Emma Guy created havoc inside. Her point guard, Martina Mosetti, attempted to move the ball around with the centers down low. Mosetti distracted the Boston University defenders just long enough to allow Hughes to knock down a wide-open 3-pointer.

But instead of polite claps and a tremor from the bench, Hughes got a different reaction: a raucous, standing ovation that kept going through the ensuing defensive possession. This 3-pointer wasn’t like the others—it was the 254th of her career. And it put Hughes atop the record books as Boston College women’s basketball’s career 3-point leader.

It was just three of 21 points—tied with Fasoula for the team’s lead—that Hughes knocked down in the Eagles’ 67-49 victory over their crosstown rivals. And, with a cheering section of about 25 in the crowd, it provided a special moment, not just for her personally but for the team.

“I know I’m a shooter, but someone’s got to get me the ball,” Hughes said. “I wouldn’t have been able to do it on my own.”

Of course, Monday night wasn’t just about lauding Hughes. BC (1-1) needed to get back on track after falling in the season opener to Hartford, a team it beat 62-28 last season. Early in the first, the Eagles appeared to return to Erik Johnson’s desired strategy of heavily utilizing his bigs. BC tended to work the full 30-second shot clock in the opening frame, primarily through Fasoula. The 6-foot-5 center towered over the Terriers, using her strong frame to punish them under the basket. She helped the Eagles jump out to a 20-8 lead over BU (0-2) in the first frame after scoring 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting.

Defensively, Fasoula, Guy, and Katie Quandt limited Terrier attempts by standing on the edge of the paint on both sides. That strategy clogged the lanes for BU, forcing the team to put up heavily-contested mid-range shots or low-chance layups. This caused immense frustration among the Terriers, who travelled six times in the first quarter.

The Terriers nearly pulled even in the second quarter on the back of their own 6-foot-5 center, Sophie Beaudry. She hit all four shots she took in the frame for eight points while also grabbing nine boards. The Eagles struggled to rebound in that frame, and often used whole possessions without any success.

That poor play carried over to the third quarter, a period in which BU outscored BC, 17-10, to cut the lead to five. The Terriers began heavily guarding Fasoula and Hughes, and the remainder of the lineup struggled to make up the difference. The Eagles turned the ball over several times in this period as well, which has become a cause of concern for Johnson.

“We were undisciplined a lot of times defensively, making mistakes that give them an opportunity to make a big shot,” Johnson said.

Whatever pep talk Johnson gave to his team worked in the fourth. In that frame, BC pulled away despite only six points from Fasoula and Hughes. In fact, for a majority of the period, the Eagles didn’t have Hughes. The senior took a nasty spill and hit her head on the floor. The fall was bad enough to send her immediately into concussion protocol—she didn’t return after the injury.

So instead, Johnson had the offense run through Guy, Ella Awobajo, and Georgia Pineau to pull ahead. The Eagles scored 21 points to comfortably take the lead for good. Yet the head coach still sees a lot of room for improvement, especially with conference play around the corner.

“We’re still nowhere near where we need to be to win games at the highest level, but we did make a step forward from where we were a few days ago,” Johnson said.

Yet with the lead in hand, the night again became about Hughes. The senior is looking to take Monday’s momentum into BC’s next game on the road at Seton Hall. There, the Point Pleasant, N.J., native is expecting over 100 friends and family members, as she continues a successful end to a stellar career.

But both her and Johnson are happy to get the inevitable out of the way. Hughes entered the season only 10 three-pointers behind last year’s captain, Nicole Boudreau, who set the record in her final game last year. And even though it came at the expense of a close friend, both her and Johnson knew it was inevitable.

“Nicole Boudreau broke it in the last game of her career last year,” Johnson said. “It didn’t take long for Kelly to take that back. But we knew that was going to happen.”

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Women’s Basketball Drops Season Opener to Hartford

With the team’s youngest starting lineup since the 2011 season, Boston College women’s basketball took the court for the first time this season against the Hartford Hawks. The Eagles’ starting five consisted of two freshmen, two sophomores, and only one senior, but despite their inexperience, BC had great confidence coming into the game, as it lead the all-time series against Hartford, 11-1. The team had all the proper tools necessary to beat Hartford with standout sophomore Mariella Fasoula leading the way, but throughout the game, the Hawks took advantage of BC’s inexperience and exposed the Eagles’ weaknesses. In their first game of the 2016-17 season, the Eagles lost to Hartford, 65-56.

In the first quarter, the Hawks’ stingy defense caused BC to commit several turnovers, and Hartford jumped out to an early seven-point lead. With the help of great 3-point shooting of Kelly Hughes and Georgia Pineau, the Eagles cut this lead to three by the end of the quarter. The Eagles seemed to hit their stride on offense going in to the second quarter, but after four early turnovers and several missed layups, the Hawks quickly took control. Hartford went on a 17-0 run in the first five minutes of the second quarter, extending their lead to 35-13. The Eagles finished the first half somewhat strong to cut the deficit to 13, as Emma Guy and Fasoula pounded the paint for a combined 10 points in the final four minutes of the second quarter.

In the third quarter, the Eagles came out with a greater sense of urgency, improving their ball movement and setting their teammates up for open shots as they cut the lead to 10. But even so, the turnovers continued to rack up for BC due to forced passes, and the Hawks extended their lead to 18 once again. Similar to the second quarter, the Eagles once again attacked the basket with their bigs to get easy layups, and their inside-out game helped BC trim the lead to 14 going into the final quarter. Despite their improbable chance of making a comeback, the Eagles refused to let up, and in easily their best quarter of the game, the team played tremendous defense and went on a 10-2 run in seven minutes to come within six points. But their comeback attempt was too little too late, as great free throw shooting from Hartford iced the game.

The most important adjustment that BC must make is limiting its turnovers. The Eagles had 22 turnovers, which resulted in 19 points for the Hawks. It seemed as if any momentum that the Eagles had gained was killed by a careless pass. A large majority of the Eagle’s turnovers were caused by Hartford’s full court pressure, which BC struggled with throughout the entire game. For that reason, a focus of BC’s moving forward must be to improve the team’s press break. Another aspect of the game that BC needs to improve is its defensive rebounding. BC gave up 13 second chance points, and it will be vital for the team to work collectively to limit these extra opportunities.

Nonetheless, BC showed flashes of greatness throughout the game and especially in the fourth quarter, where it outscored Hartford 16-11. BC also limited Hartford to only 37 percent shooting, and its defense was consistently impressive during all four quarters.

Although it was a disappointing loss for BC considering its dominance against Hartford in recent years, the team should not panic yet. With the graduation of captains Nicole Boudreau and Alexa Coulombe last year, the team is still working on filling the leadership void.

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