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Women's Basketball Falls to Clemson for Fifth Straight Loss

The Boston College women’s basketball (14-12, 3-10 ACC) team was blown out by the Clemson Tigers (17-9, 8-5 ACC) 91-58 on Saturday afternoon in Conte Forum. This marks the Eagles fifth straight loss, all to ACC opponents, with only two of those losses to ranked opponents. 

Clemson got off to a fast start in the first quarter, and BC never really had a chance to be competitive. The first quarter set the tone for the Tigers as they outscored BC 29-14. 

To start the second, Aliyah Collier came off Clemson’s bench and immediately hit a three. She only registered 22 minutes on the day but was Clemson’s highest scorer with 18 points. Collier went 3 for 3 from the beyond the arc and also pulled in seven boards with two assists. On the day, the Tigers shot 9 from 12 from beyond the arc; meanwhile, the Eagles shot an abysmal 3-21, not much better than last 1-21 performance against Notre Dame on Wednesday.

For the Eagles offense, forward Emma Guy was the only bright spot of the game. She was the highest scorer with 19 points but only grabbed three rebounds. BC had no other players score more than 8 points and the bench scored 23 of the 58 points, showing how much the starters struggled. The Tigers defense outmatched the Eagles, never allowing BC to get any offensive rhythm going.

Clemson’s defense was anchored down low by forward Taylor Bennett and center Kobi Thompson. Bennett registered five blocks, while Thompson added an additional 2 blocks. As a team, Clemson totaled 10 blocks and 5 steals.

The Eagles best quarter came in the third where they outscored Clemson 20 to 12, but even outscoring Clemson only brought the deficit down to 22.

Clemson came back with a stronger fourth quarter and iced a game that was never really in question. They outscored the Eagles 24 to 15 in the fourth and went on to win the final of 91-58. 

As a team, the Eagles shot a horrid 29.6% from the field. Even standout guard Taylor Ortlepp couldn’t find any wiggle room against the stout Clemson D. Ortlepp went 0-7 from the field and finished with just 2 points. This was the first time this year she had been held to zero field goals.

It was Ortlepp's first game back since her ankle injury against Virginia Tech.

Going forward, the Eagles need to win just one of their last three games to secure an above .500 record. But, the road won’t be easy, as they take on two ranked teams (Louisville and Syracuse) and a middle of the pack ACC team in North Carolina.

While the Eagles performance as of late has been sub-par, this season has still been a vast improvement for a team that went 7- 23 with two conference wins just a year ago.

The Eagles will look to rebound from this 5-game skid and hopefully secure a winning record against the North Carolina Tar Heels (16-11, 7-6 ACC) on Thursday, Feb. 21 in Chapel Hill.

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