The Boston College women’s basketball team had a huge victory over Bryant on Thursday night in Chestnut Hill. The Eagles held a strong lead for the entirety of the game, beating the Bulldogs by a whopping 37 points, 83-46.
In the first quarter, BC obtained a lead that Bryant would never be able to overcome. The Eagles opened the game on a 13-2 run, nine points of which were fast break points. BC played strong defense, locking up the Bulldogs to just 12.5% shooting and forcing nine turnovers. Emma Guy was particularly noticeable on defense, taking lots of contact. Bryant was unable to find the net in the first quarter, and BC closed it out on a 9-0 run, giving the Eagles a 22-5 lead going into the second.
The second quarter contained much of the same BC dominance as the first. The quarter began with an uncontested three-pointer from freshman Makayla Dickens; Dickens ended the game with 11 points, five rebounds, and seven assists. Taylor Ortlepp continued to lead the Eagles on both sides of the court, amassing seven points and four steals by halftime. Ortlepp lead BC in both categories, totaling 15 points and six steals for the night. At the half, BC led by over double, 40-19.
BC struggled most in the first half of the game from behind the arc. The Eagles only shot 25% from the three in the first half. However, in the third quarter, they really reversed this pattern, shooting 50% for the quarter. Makayla Dickens and Taylor Ortlepp were integral in this change, both performing extremely well in the third.
With a 65-34 lead going into the fourth and final quarter of the game, BC looked like they would take the win, barring any drastic events. Although they held a commanding lead (at one point it was as high as 41 points), their energy and play never faltered. All available Eagles got minutes in the game, proving how well this team works together.
“This team shows a lot of character, and they play really well together, never caring who gets the credit,” said Coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee. This could be the reason for the women’s basketball’s newfound success: a team that meshes with its lack of large egos.
Milan Bolden-Morris had a breakout game for the Eagles. In the last four minutes, she had four consecutive three-pointers. Coming off the bench, she tied for the team-high points with 15. Bolden-Morris scored nine points in under a minute, and her team loved it. Coach Bernabei-McNamee thought having a big couple of minutes would be great for her confidence, which certainly proved to be the case.
Marnelle Garraud, the Eagles’ starting point guard, also had a great game on both sides of the court. She made the tough plays, diving for loose balls and fighting for jump balls. The freshman is light on her feet and quick to find the ball. Players like Garraud make all the difference in a big game like this.
With this win, the Eagles improve to 8-1 on the season and have already topped last year’s total win count of 7. BC will next take on Minnesota on Sunday, December 9 at 2 p.m. at home on the Heights.