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Women’s Basketball Tops Rhode Island 66-55

The Eagles bounced back from a loss to Providence last Sunday with a scrappy home win over Rhode Island, 66-55. 

Georgia Pineau had a standout performance off the bench, leading all BC scorers with 13 points. She put in a strong effort on the glass, finishing with seven rebounds. Her three offensive rebounds were a team-high, as well as her two blocks.

BC’s offensive output was well-dispersed with four Eagles scoring in the double-digits. Makayla Dickens was the second-leading scorer, adding 11 points off the bench. She shot 3-4 from three-point range.

The Eagles bench put up an outstanding 33 points—exactly half of the BC scoring output.

Rebounding was a well-rounded team effort as well. Four of the five BC starters finished with more than five rebounds. With Pineau included, five Eagles had five or more rebounds. 

The game was a war on the boards and in the paint. The Eagles did not have their usual edge in the rebounding battle and only outrebounded the Rams by three (46-43). BC uncharacteristically gave up 15 offensive boards and lost the offensive rebounding contest 15-13. 

Both sides were very sloppy with the ball; the Rams committed 21 turnovers, while the Eagles committed 20. The Eagles continue to struggle to improve in ball safety. 

The Eagles shot well from outside—a welcome change from their struggles from deep so far this season. They shot 37.5% (6-16) from three, but struggled from the free-throw line. As a team, BC shot a weak 44.4% (4-9) from the line. Overall from the field, they shot a decent 41.8% (28-67).

Rhode Island had 40 points in the paint, 16 second-chance points, and 13 points off of turnovers. This masked their extremely poor shooting and kept them in the game. As a team, they shot a dreadful 35.2%-15.4%-42.9% split.

The Eagles clamped down in the first quarter as they took a 19-6 lead and never looked back. Cameron Swartz opened the game with a three and BC never trailed after that. The Eagles went on a 7-0 run over the last 2:45 of the quarter to extend their lead to double-digits. 

After both teams traded layups in the opening minutes of the second quarter, BC went on a 9-0 run, spearheaded by a pair of Taylor Soule layups, to blow the game open. 

Rhode Island outscored BC 32-27 overall in the second half, cutting the lead to single digits about six minutes into the second half. A jumper by Marta Vargas made BC’s lead just eight before the Eagles came soaring back. 

The Eagles went on another 7-0 run after Vargas’ jumper and finished the third quarter with a 52-39 advantage. 

BC held firm and extended their lead to a game-high 19 points off a Dickens basket four minutes into the fourth quarter. Rhode Island made a late push after BC pulled their starters, but it wasn’t enough to move beyond the Eagles.

The Eagles put forth a strong defensive effort and three-point shooting performance, but should be a bit disappointed with their defensive rebounding.

They will look to improve further from their win over Rhode Island with another home victory as they play host to VCU this Sunday at 2 p.m.

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