Sophomore Taylor Soule had a career-high 24 points in only 20 minutes in the Eagles’ dominant 106-69 win over the Terriers on Sunday afternoon. Five Eagles scored in double-digits as BC put in an extremely impressive and well-rounded performance.
BC made its mark early and often on the glass and on defense. They outrebounded St. Francis 55 to 29 and held a 20 rebound margin at the half. The Eagles had 14 steals as a team and forced St. Francis into 21 turnovers.
The Eagles impressed from the line as well, shooting 84% (21-25) on the night as a team. There were only a few blemishes on an otherwise near-perfect night for BC. They were a bit spotty from deep, shooting just 33% (7-21), and sloppy with the ball, turning the ball over 18 times.
Other key contributors included red-shirt sophomore Cameron Swartz and Milan Bolden-Morris. Swartz had a career-high 18 points, along with four rebounds and two assists, and added three threes. Bolden-Morris scored 17, had eight rebounds, and splashed three threes of her own.
The Eagles jumped out to an early start and took an 18-6 lead over the first five minutes. However, a 12-2 run by St. Francis cut the lead to two, causing BC to call a timeout. BC responded and led 31-19 at the end of the first quarter after Soule’s three baskets in the paint sparked a run.
The inside dominance by the Eagles was a theme all afternoon. They finished with an outstanding 60 in the game.
BC had another offensive barrage in the second quarter as they scored over 30 points again. Soule and Bolden-Morris both had monster quarters. Soule continued to control the paint as she finished with 19 points at the half, while Bolden-Morris poured in 11 of her own with two threes. As a team, the Eagles shot a scorching 6-11 from deep at the half.
63 points at the end of the first half was a new program record for BC.
Emma Guy had two big buckets that helped kickstart the start of the second quarter scoring blitz. The senior would finish the day with 11 points and four rebounds.
The third and fourth quarters were a continuation of BC’s superiority as the Eagles, led by the second unit, outscored St. Francis in every quarter on the day.
Georgia Pineau left off from where Bolden-Morris started and was a terror inside. She had a team-high 10 rebounds, while adding nine points and two steals.
Jaelyn Batts and Sydney Lowery had big games on the boards as well off the bench. Each added five rebounds in just 18 and 12 minutes, respectively.
Marnelle Garraud had some big minutes in the third quarter and served as a Swiss army knife for the Eagles. She struggled from the field but drew fouls, scoring five points from the line. Defensively, she played extremely well in passing lanes with three steals.
Back to back wins of over 35+ points has BC in great shape to start their non-conference schedule.
Despite the early success, the Eagles must not rest on their laurels. Turnovers and three-point shooting are two areas they have room to improve on before they get into the tougher stretches of the season.
Up next is the first road game of the season against rival Holy Cross on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. The Eagles then travel again to face former Big East rival Providence on Sunday in their most difficult test of the early season.