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Women's Basketball Falls to NC State Despite Strong Second Half

The Boston College women’s basketball team fell to ACC rival North Carolina State in a Sunday afternoon matinee at Conte Forum over the weekend. NC State was able to hold onto the lead for the entire contest, eventually prevailing over the Eagles, 85-69.

The Eagles knew this would be a tough team to beat coming into the game. This No. 9 NC State team is undefeated so far this season. They came to Chestnut Hill riding high after beating in-state rival Duke. On top of all that, the Wolfpack has bested BC in each of their last four matchups.

NC State opened up the game with a 5-0 run and earned a lead that they wouldn’t surrender. Emma Guy had the first points for the Eagles and was hot in the paint all afternoon. Guy tallied 17 points and seven boards by the final buzzer. Toward the end of the first period, BC only trailed by one possession, the closest the score would get for the rest of the game. However, NC State ended the quarter on a dominant 14-0 run, putting them ahead 21-7.

The second quarter contained much of the same. NC State played a physical game and had BC giving up numerous fouls. The Wolfpack gained eight extra points off 8-12 shooting from the charity stripe by the end of the game. In comparison, BC went just 4-5 from the foul line. By the half, NC State had pushed their lead to 41-24.

BC found their first half troubles in the shooting department. The Eagles shot 38% from the field, while NC State shot 58.6%. That’s not to say all of the Eagles had an off night. The aforementioned Emma Guy recorded 17 points and freshman Makayla Dickens posted her first career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Yet, BC had trouble finding a rhythm, although their play improved after halftime.

In the second half, BC shooting would improve, but it wouldn’t be enough to overcome the Wolfpack. The Eagles went from shooting just 27.8% from the field in the first half to shooting 48.6% in the second half of the game. Emma Guy continued her stellar performance, shooting 80% for nine points in the third quarter. At the end of the period, NC State held a 22-point lead.

Notable for NC State was guard Kiara Leslie. She had 31 points on the game, shooting a remarkable 86.7% from the floor. The graduate transfer from Maryland also contributed three boards, three assists, and two steals to NC State’s victory.

In the fourth quarter, Makayla Dickens, Taylor Ortlepp, and Marnelle Garraud all added three-point buckets to try and fight back against a great NC State offense. However, a 13-5 run by BC to conclude the game wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit. Despite a tough loss, the Eagles became the first team to out-rebound NC State all season, barely beating them by a 36-35 margin.

The Eagles have lost their first two ACC games of the season and now drop to 11-4 on the year. The women’s basketball team will continue ACC play and end a nine-game streak at Conte Forum when they travel to Wake Forest to take on the Demon Deacons on Thursday, January 10 at 7 p.m.

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