The Eagles bounced back from Wednesday’s loss to Charlotte to defeat Tulane 89-76 on Thanksgiving Day in their second game of the Puerto Rico Clasico. It was just the second-ever match-up between the two teams.
Sophomore guard Cameron Swartz had a career day and led BC to victory. Swartz had career-highs with 27 points and four steals; she also shot an excellent 11-16 from the field and was a perfect 4-4 from the free-throw line.
Marnelle Garraud was another sophomore with a big night for the Eagles, especially on the defensive end. She matched a career-high with six steals in an extremely well-rounded performance, also finishing with 15 points, five rebounds, and five assists.
Veteran Emma Guy’s leadership was crucial as she scored eight points in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Guy was BC’s second-leading scorer with 17 points, shooting 75% (6-8) from the field and 83% (5-6) from the line.
BC won thanks to excellent shooting from the field and capitalizing on Tulane’s turnovers. The Eagles had a blistering team-shooting split of 58.6%-31.3%-84.2%. 58.6% shooting from the floor is a season-high for the Eagles.
Tulane also shot well with a split of 48.2%-42.1%-73.7%.
Each side would put up a disappointing number of turnovers. BC had 19 to Tulane’s 20. The difference came as the Eagles scored 31 points off Tulane’s mistakes, while Tulane scored just 18 points off of BC’s turnovers.
The Eagles strength inside was on display once again, winning the rebounding battle 30-24 and scoring a dominating 42 points in the paint and 15 second chance points.
BC opened up a commanding lead in the first quarter and never looked back. The Eagles exploded for a 19-2 run over the first five minutes in which Swartz and Garraud scored six each.
The biggest the Eagles’ first quarter lead stretched to was 21 points and the quarter finished with BC leading 32-14 and shooting 60% from the field.
BC kept the foot on the pedal in the second quarter as they outscored Tulane 21-14 and went into the half with a very comfortable 53-28 advantage.
After each team traded some blows, the Eagles strung together a 17-2 run to lead 50-23 as Swartz continued to terrorize Tulane. She would finish the half with 15 points. The lead reached a game-high 28 points in the closing seconds of the half as Garraud hit a three.
Tulane outscored BC in both the third and fourth quarters, but never came close enough to threaten.
They opened the third quarter on a 6-0 run off of three Eagles’ turnovers, yet could not do enough to make the game competitive. BC led 69-48 entering the fourth quarter after Swartz had eight in the third.
Guy took over in the fourth quarter with back-to-back three point plays to make the score 77-51. The lead would reach 27 after Garraud hit her second three of the game.
Tulane ran a full-court press to try to cut the lead in the dying minutes of the game. Their effort brought the deficit to under 20 points in garbage time as the Eagles won by a score of 89-76.
After going 1-1 in the Puerto Rico Clasico, the Eagles now hold a 5-3 record, as Tulane drops to 4-3 on the season.
BC will look to string multiple wins together as they face Northwestern on the road on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. as part of the highly anticipated Big Ten-ACC Challenge.