Boston College women’s basketball faltered for the first time on Wednesday night, falling to Holy Cross in Worcester 80-71. The Crusaders snagged the momentum early, clutching to the lead for the entirety of the game.
Milan Bolden-Morris highlighted the stat sheet, scoring a season-high 17 points with four three-pointers, while also grabbing five rebounds and three steals. Makayla Dickens and Cameron Swartz followed close behind with 15 and 14 points, respectively.
It took some time for BC to get the engines going, falling behind 17-8 at the end of the first quarter. The Eagles shot 3-for-14 from the field and only one of their eight three-point chances landed in the quarter, giving the Crusaders the chance to capitalize on BC’s slow start.
Marnelle Garraud’s strong defense in the second quarter bolstered the Eagles to bring them within four of Holy Cross at the half. The sophomore had two defensive rebounds and added a layup on a fastbreak.
With the Crusaders up 33-29 going into the third quarter, the Eagles had little work to do to try to close to the gap. However, Holy Cross went on a 9-4 run within the first three minutes of the quarter, setting BC back further from catching up to the Crusaders.
The third quarter brought a better shooting performance from the Eagles, as they shot 50 percent from the field. Their three-point struggles continued, though, as the sole three-point attempt of the quarter from Bolden-Morris missed.
It wasn’t until the fourth quarter when the Eagles were able to awaken their shooting skills beyond the arc. BC shot 4-for-5 on three-point attempts in the fourth quarter; Bolden-Morris notched two, and Dickens and Swartz had one apiece.
Despite outshooting the Crusaders 23-17 in the final quarter, the Eagles were unable to ever take the lead, ultimately falling 80-71.
Three-point shooting continues to be the Eagles’ Achilles’ heel, as they’ve shot a meager 27.9% from beyond the arc thus far this season. While their defense and field-goal shooting have managed to keep them in games, their lack of three-point shooting ability could prove to be a problem down the road.
The Eagles will take on Providence on the road in their next match-up on Sunday at 1 p.m.
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