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Second-Half Surge Not Enough as BC Women's Basketball Falls to Virginia

As the clock ticked in overtime at John Paul Jones Arena, Boston College’s Lana Hollingsworth sent a deep three-point attempt from the left wing. Her last-second prayer somehow bounced off the glass and through the bottom of the net.

However, unlike Makayla Dickens’ buzzer beater against Duke one week prior, there was no cause for the Eagles to celebrate this time around. Virginia's Moné Jones had previously iced the game with a pair of free throws, letting Virginia escape with a 79-77 overtime victory over BC.

Dickens hit her first three-pointer early in the game after her defender made the mistake of going under an Emma Guy ball screen. She would finish with 7 points for the game. This gave the Eagles an early 5-0 lead, but momentum would shift in Virginia’s favor for the remainder of the first half.

Virginia head coach Tina Thompson’s decision to switch to a 2-3 zone defense stymied the Eagles’ offense, which only managed to score 7 points in the second quarter.

In the first half, the Cavaliers were buoyed by Moné Jones’ hot shooting. She notched 14 points before halftime, a new career high. Jocelyn Willoughby was all over the court for the Cavaliers throughout the game, accumulating 10 points, 4 rebounds, and a block in the first half. She finished with 26 points for the game. Conversely, BC’s freshman phenom Makayla Dickens showed signs of inexperience with 7 turnovers in the first half. The Eagles entered the halftime break with a daunting 37-24 deficit.

Dickens and the Eagles would respond well in the third quarter, however. A pinpoint one-handed backdoor pass from Dickens to Marnelle Garraud highlighted an 11-0 BC run to start the second half. This run was finally put to a stop by a Willoughby turn-around jumper for Virginia. The game remained close for the rest of the second half, with BC continuing its strong shooting from deep. Virginia, on the other hand, scored most of their points in the paint and in transition.

The Eagles had a chance at the last shot in regulation with the game tied at 62, but Dickens lost control of the ball as she was working to get open. Clutch shooting in overtime by Milan Bolden-Morris and great scoring inside from the always-reliable Emma Guy kept the Eagles within striking distance in overtime. However, Willoughby and Dominique Toussaint continued to relentlessly attack the basket and make clutch free throws for the Cavaliers, helping to sink the Eagles in the extra period.  

Taylor Ortlepp, who sustained an ankle injury during the last game against Virginia Tech, did not play. No update on her status was given.

This was a tough loss for the Eagles in terms of the ACC standings as well, sinking them to 3-7 in conference play and 14-9 overall. Virginia, on the other hand, improved to 3-7 in the ACC.

The Eagles will hope to get back in the win column as they remain on the road against Syracuse this Sunday at 2 p.m.

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