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Eagles Take Down Duke in Double Overtime Thriller

The crowd in Conte Forum was electric as freshman Makayla Dickens knocked down a jumper in the closing seconds of the second overtime to put the Eagles over the top in a huge win over Duke on Thursday night.

The Boston College women’s basketball team ended their three game losing streak by beating the Blue Devils at home, 92-90, in a double overtime thriller.

After dropping a close contest to the Miami Hurricanes on Sunday, the Eagles needed these past four days to regroup. BC hadn’t beaten Duke since January of 2015, and they were eager to redeem themselves on their home floor.

Makayla Dickens was the star of the game for the Eagles. The freshman set new career highs with 25 points and seven three-pointers. When she wasn’t sinking threes, she made a buzzer-beating layup that sent the game to the first overtime and another shot in the last second that broke a tie and won the game.

The Eagles controlled the first quarter after getting off to a slow start. They ended on a 16-4 run that gave them a solid lead going into the second. Georgia Pineau was another standout player for BC, after having a big first quarter with 13 points on a perfect 6-6 from the floor. She ended the night with a stuffed stat sheet: 15 points, eight assists, five rebounds, three blocks, and two steals.

Duke was able to tie the game up going into the half, and it would remain a tight game for the rest of regulation and both overtimes. The two teams shot nearly identical percentages from the floor, with Duke going 46.9% and BC 44.6%. Even though Duke grabbed more rebounds, they also had more turnovers. In the end, the Eagles held a 16-10 advantage in bench points, putting them over the top.

It looked like foul shots might be BC’s downfall again after the half. They gave Duke 32 attempts from the charity stripe. Duke converted on 20 of those opportunities.

Duke’s largest lead of the game was stretched to seven in the third quarter. However, Emma Guy was crucial in reigniting the Eagles' offense with a steal, a couple layups, and a pair of free throws.

A heart-pounding last minute of regulation saw multiple fouls and two BC timeouts. After a jump ball went in favor of the Eagles, they had a few good looks at shots, coming up empty on all of them until Dickens grabbed an offensive rebound and made the layup at the buzzer.

The first round of overtime was an emotional rollercoaster for BC. Sydney Lowery ignited the Eagles after tying the game once again. After Emma Guy left the game with five fouls, Taylor Ortlepp brought the game within one possession and another two points from Lowery put BC up with five seconds to play. However, Lowery fouled Duke and sent them to the line, where they tied the game at 77 and forced a second overtime.

Taylor Ortlepp got nine of her 13 points in the second round of overtime. She tied the game in the final minute after getting two shots. BC and Duke traded layups to keep the game tied at 90 with just under 30 seconds to play.

Duke had possession and elected to run down the clock, but they missed their final shot. Although the Blue Devils grabbed the offensive rebound, they were called for travelling, giving the Eagles one last chance with three seconds on the clock. Appropriately assisted by Pineau, Dickens made the final shot to seal the game.

This nail-biter showcased the Eagles’ grit, something they have emphasized all season. In what could go down as one of their best games all season, BC rises to 14-7 overall, and 3-5 in ACC play.

The Eagles stay in Chestnut Hill for a home game against Virginia Tech on Sunday, Feb. 3 at 1 p.m.

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