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Poor Offense Leads to Women's Basketball Falling to Syracuse

The Eagles’ women’s basketball team fell to Syracuse 89-79 on Thursday night at Conte Forum. The loss snapped a two-game winning streak in ACC play. 

The game was lost due to a high amount of BC turnovers, poor interior defense, and a lack of scoring off the bench. 

The Eagles turned the ball over a staggering 23 times and as a result, Syracuse came away with 17 steals. Syracuse capitalized with 22 points off turnovers, while BC came away with 16 points of their own off Syracuse mistakes. 

BC could not stop Syracuse inside as they scored 50 points in the paint and 18 second chance points. The battle of the boards was relatively even with the Orange coming out slightly on top with 39 rebounds to the Eagles’ 38, offensive rebounds being 16-13, respectively. 

The Eagles’ bench did not provide anywhere near enough offense and scored just 3 points in 48 total minutes. Four of the five starters carried the brunt of the scoring, all scoring 15 points or more. 

Emma Guy led the way with a team high 23 points to go along with six rebounds and three steals. She shot 7-12 from the field and 9-11 from the line. She now has 17 double-digit scoring games on the season. 

Taylor Soule was the second leading scorer for the Eagles with 18. She was 5-7 from the floor and 8-12 from the free-throw line. 

Makayla Dickens and Marnelle Garraud both finished with 15 apiece and an unfortunate eight turnovers each. Dickens neared a triple-double as she had team-highs for rebounds and assists with nine and seven respectively. Garraud was second on the team with four assists to go along with three steals. Garraud continues to lead the ACC with 51 steals on the season so far. 

The Eagles fell behind early in the first quarter because of poor shooting. As a team, they shot just 25% (3-12) from the field and 20% (1-5) from three-point range. 

Syracuse roared out of the gates with a 11-3 run that the Eagles never recovered from. Syracuse answered each time BC cut the lead to five and was perfect from the line as they ended the first quarter holding a 22-17 lead. 

Despite better three-point shooting in the second quarter by the Eagles at 40%, or 4-10, the deficit increased to 13 points by halftime and was as large as 16 points in the third quarter.

The Eagles were able to cut the lead to just three from a Cameron Swartz jumper. The Orange exploded in response on a 20-7 run to make the advantage 16 points. The half ended with the Eagles trailing 44-31. 

In the second half, BC cut the lead to as little as six but never posed a serious threat to Syracuse. They shot over 50% in both the third and fourth quarter, yet the defense was unable to get enough stops to start a run. 

The Eagles fall under .500 in the ACC with the loss. They now stand at 12-10 with a 5-6 ACC record this season. With the victory, Syracuse improves to 11-11 on the season and 5-6 in ACC play.

BC will look to bounce back on the road this Sunday as they travel to Clemson for a noon matchup.

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