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Emma Guy's Buzzer Beater Lifts Eagles Past Notre Dame

The Boston College women’s basketball team rallied back from a 15-point deficit on Thursday, completing a season sweep over Notre Dame behind Emma Guy’s game-winner at the buzzer, defeating the Irish 56-55.

The Eagles dug themselves into an early hole, largely due to an abysmal performance from behind the arc. The Eagles made just two of their 22 three-point attempts, allowing the Irish to open up a substantial lead in the second quarter.

BC gained its footing late in the third, however, reducing the deficit to just six at the start of the final frame on a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Cameron Swartz. The Eagles rode a 20-0 run to a fourth quarter lead, with the two squads going back and forth in the final minutes.

The Irish reclaimed a narrow lead with three minutes to go, before a Georgia Pineau jumper in the final seconds gave the Eagles a one-point lead.

The Irish responded with a Destinee Walker layup with one second remaining, but the Eagles advanced the ball with a timeout and lobbed the ball to Guy on the in-bound pass, who hit a reverse layup as the buzzer sounded to give the Eagles the win.

Taylor Soule led the way for the Eagles in scoring, finishing with 20 points on 6-of-16 shooting. Guy and Pineau each scored in double digits, finishing with 12 and 13, respectively.

With Thursday’s victory, Boston College improved to 14-10 on the season, moving up to sixth place in the ACC with a 7-6 conference record. This is the first time in program history the Eagles have defeated the Fighting Irish in both regular season games.

The Eagles face a quick turnaround, facing off with North Carolina at home on Sunday. With just four games left in the regular season, all against ACC competition, BC has a chance to move even higher in the conference standings in preparation for the ACC Tournament.

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