The BC women’s basketball team brought the energy early in its 73-56 win over BU, with sophomore Kelly Hughes never wavering in stardom. The Eagles executed defensive dominance and followed up with promising offensive drives. A variety of Eagles contributed tonight, from veterans to rookies.
Freshman Ashley Kelsick got Boston College rolling early with a steal and a layup within the first minute in her second career start. Karima Gabriel also made a big difference coming off the bench with a particularly outstanding first half, finishing with 11 points, four blocks, and five rebounds. BC's defense caused turnover after turnover in the first half steered by the tenacity of these two players.
The Eagles led comfortably 38-21 at the half. However, BU showed life early in the second half, when Terrier Meghan Green hit three consecutive buckets within the first five minutes. The more experienced Eagles were able to hold the team together to close out the win. Kelly Hughes, who last game hit her career-high of 24 points against St. Mary’s, did not falter against the rival. She led the team with 16 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and four steals.
Captain Nicole Boudreau also stepped up to keep her team in control in the second half. Hughes and Boudreau each hit three from behind the arc, continuing the Eagles’ fierce three-point game. Emilee Daley and Kat Cooper also contributed from long-range with five combined three-pointers.
Coach Erik Johnson was happy with the team’s energy and plans to work on its consistency. Compared to last season, this squad has improved its inside game, added new point guards, and has a deeper, more balanced team. The team is hopeful, now 2-1 going into its next game against Bryant at home on Sunday.
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