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Eagles Take Down Tar Heels Behind Taylor Soule’s Career Day

The Boston College Women’s Basketball team put the conference on notice with a resounding 93-75 victory over the North Carolina Tar Heels on Sunday afternoon. 

It was a game for the history books as it marked the first time the Eagles have won eight games in the ACC in program history. The Eagles improve to 8-6 in conference play and 15-10 overall, with their last 15-win season coming all the way back in 2015.

It also marked a historic night for BC star forward Taylor Soule, who boasted a career-high of 29 points on 11-13 shooting while also pulling down 12 rebounds. It was her eighth double-double of the season.

The Eagles started the game hot on an 8-2 run after getting points off turnovers thanks to defensive pressure from Emma Guy. 

The Tar Heels responded with a run of their own to take a slim 15-14 lead in the early going, but a three from Cameron Swartz and a couple baskets from Jaelyn Batts put the Eagles back on top. 

A late three from Taylor Ortlepp, fed off the Marnelle Garraud assist, gave the Eagles a three point lead going into halftime at 36-33. Despite a close first half, the Eagles would begin to run away with the lead early in the second half.  

It was the Taylor Soule show in the second half, scoring 14 of her 29 points in the third quarter. Soule added to a 6-0 run to push the Eagles lead to 16. 

In the fourth quarter, Soule added another 10 points as the Eagles cushioned their lead and rode their offensive prowess to a 93-75 victory. 

The Eagles impressed on the offensive side of the ball, shooting over 50% in the game and nailing seven three-pointers in 16 attempts. Garraud, Guy, and Makayla Dickens also posted double-digits scoring lines in the afternoon.

93 points also tied a program record with points scored against an ACC opponent. The Eagles last beat the Tar Heels back in 2015. 

BC Women’s Basketball looks to extend their three-game win streak against the Pittsburgh Panthers back at Conte Forum on Thursday night at 7pm.

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