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BC Women's Basketball Loses Taylor Ortlepp in Loss to Virginia Tech

Everything seemed to be going right for Boston College women’s basketball against Virginia Tech. They were knocking down everything from the three-point line and playing fantastic team basketball.

With 4:23 to go, forward Emma Guy swung the ball to the to an open Taylor Ortlepp on the three-point line. She drew the Hokies’ defenders in, and swung the ball out to an even more open Mikayla Dickens. Dickens was set up for a beautiful three-pointer, a play that exemplified the brand of basketball the women had been playing all day.

Their pass-first offense and barrage of three-pointers had worked all day. Until it didn’t. With Boston College holding a 71-55 fourth-quarter lead, Virginia Tech responded with a 13-0 run straddling the end of the third and into the fourth quarters. The BC defense simply could not stop the Hokies’ attack. Once Virginia Tech caught fire, the Eagles had to play catch-up for the remainder of the contest.

The game was a back and forth affair until the final whistle. With just under two minutes to go in the fourth quarter, the Hokies had taken a 84-78 lead, but the Eagles were still playing with a competitive fire.

However, things quickly turned sour for Boston College down the stretch. On a VT inbound, Ortlepp went for a steal and awkwardly landed on an opposing players foot. She fell to the ground, gripping her ankle. Her teammates would have to carry her off the court. She would not return to the game, and it looked as if she could be out for the rest of the season.

The Hokies would go on to beat the Eagles 95-86. The loss dropped BC to 14-8 on the season and 3-6 in ACC play.

Dickens and Ortlepp were both fundamental in keeping the Eagles in this game. Ortlepp finished the day with 23 points, five rebounds, three assists, and one steal, contributing in just about every area. Dickens also contributed 20 points and eight assists.

Forwards Guy and Taylor Soule were both crucial components of the Eagles’ attack. Guy continued to be one of the most efficient shooters in the country, putting up 14 points on 60% shooting. Soule, meanwhile, came off the bench and provided the Eagles with great energy and hustle. She came off the bench in the first quarter and had an emphatic block that led to their first lead of the game.

On the Hokies’ side, forward Regan Magarity had a game high 30 points and 14 rebounds. VT guard Dana Mabrey had herself a game with 26 points and six assists. Mabrey has been one of the best three-point shooters in the country, and today was no exception.

This was certainly a tough loss for BC, especially after holding such a sizable lead late in the game. However, the youth on the Eagles’ roster remains a promising sign for the future. The Eagles have no seniors on the team and only three juniors. The rest of the roster is comprised of young but talented sophomores and freshmen. So while today’s loss was tough to swallow, it could serve as a learning experience for the youthful roster.

Following today’s game, Boston College’s season is shrouded in uncertainty. No timetable on Taylor Ortlepp’s injury has been released, and her presence will be sorely missed by the rest of the team. She has been BC’s leading scorer this year and will be difficult to replace.

The Eagles will look to rebound against the University of Virginia (8-14) Thursday, Feb. 7 in Charlottesville.

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