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Efficient shooting carries BC to an Upset Win over FSU

The Florida State basketball program was handed their second upset of the week on Thursday night, this time by the Boston College women’s basketball team. After the No. 5 men’s team was taken down by an unranked UVA on Tuesday, the No. 14 women’s team lost to BC by a score of 65-56 in Tallahassee.

This is a huge win for the Eagles, who had not experienced a winning season since the 2010-2011 season and had not defeated a ranked opponent since 2015. 

Head coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee said last week, “It’s tough to win on the road,” after a 21-point loss at Virginia Tech. BC is on the back end of a road trip where they went 2-1 against three ACC opponents.

The Eagles outscored FSU in three out of the four quarters, with the second quarter tied. Although the game was tight, BC was able to maintain its lead at the end of each quarter and would never give up a lead in the second half of the contest.

A big part of the reason that the Eagles were able to maintain control of the game was staying out of foul trouble while also finding their way to the line 15 times. Both teams shot 80% at the free-throw line, however, BC went 12-15 at the line and FSU only went 4-5.

The Eagles simply shot well in general as well. They went 41.8% from the field and 50% from three. FSU, on the other hand, shot a disappointing 37.5% in field goals and only 20% from beyond the arc.

Emma Guy lead the way with a game-high 21 points. Marnelle Garraud filled up the stat sheet with 12 points, seven boards, and six assists. Meanwhile, Taylor Soule earned her fifth double-double of the season so far with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

BC took an early lead in the opening minutes of the first with a three from Cameron Swartz. This was her only made field goal of the night, despite playing 19 minutes.

After beginning the game with eight consecutive missed shots, FSU went on a 6-0 run to momentarily regain the lead. However, Emma Guy put a quick end to this with four layups in a row. Guy notched 10 points quickly in the first quarter.

At halftime, the Eagles held only a two-point lead. It was clear that BC was in control of the game, leading for all but about 40 seconds during the second quarter and firing on all cylinders offensively. 

Makayla Dickens hit a three to start the second half, essentially ending the game. Although the Seminoles remained in striking distance, BC never gave up their lead. FSU was outscored by just four points in the third and three points in the final frame. 

BC made sure to capitalize on Florida State’s mistakes. 13 Seminole turnovers were converted into 13 points for the Eagles. Similarly, the Eagles outscored FSU 15-2 on fastbreaks. 

This game was a glimpse into what these Eagles could be in the coming seasons. For a team that hasn’t made the NCAA Tournament since 2005–2006, the future looks bright if they can maintain this upward trajectory with ranked wins.

With this win, the Eagles are currently sitting at 11-9 and are 4-5 in ACC play.

Looking forward, the Eagles return home for another ACC matchup on Sunday against Wake Forest.

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