Thanks to a dominant performance by Georgia Pineau, the Boston College women’s basketball team defeated Miami 75–64 on Sunday afternoon at Conte Forum, extending its winning streak to five games.
The Eagles won the game due to their phenomenal effort in the paint and stout defense, despite struggling with outside shooting.
BC hauled in an impressive 16 offensive rebounds as a team and had 44 in total, while Miami trailed with 12 offensive rebounds and 41 in total. The Eagles took advantage of the extra possessions, scoring 16 second-chance points.
The interior dominance was on display on both sides of the court. BC scored 42 points in the paint and held Miami to just 20. The defense, meanwhile, forced the Hurricanes into committing 20 turnovers, leading directly to 26 BC points.
The shooting splits for either side weren’t particularly pretty. The Eagles shot a poor team split of 37.3%–5.3% (1-of-19)–75.0%. Miami shot 37.0%–36.8%–68.0%.
Pineau was tremendous and led all scorers with 20 points. She led both teams in rebounds and offensive rebounds with eight and six respectively. She is also now just 22 points away from the 1,000-point club after scoring in double figures in three of the last four games.
Emma Guy had another excellent performance for the Eagles. She was second on the team in scoring with 17 and pulled down three offensive boards.
Taylor Soule was the last Eagle to score in double-digits with 16 points on an efficient 6-of-7 from the floor off the bench. Makayla Dickens was just 1-of-8 from the field but put in a well-rounded performance of eight points, six rebounds, five assists, and a perfect 6-of-6 from the line.
The first quarter ended in a tie at 10-10. The Eagles did not lead at any point over the opening ten minutes but prevented Miami from ever gaining momentum.
BC opened the second quarter on a 7-0 run and took their first lead of the game. The Hurricanes were not phased on the road and responded with timely buckets. Endia Banks hit a big three with 18 seconds left to tie the game at 27 entering the half.
The Eagles were able to gain a healthy eight-point lead of 43-35 just over halfway through the third quarter, but once again Miami responded. BC led just 49-47 entering the fourth quarter.
BC was finally able to open and maintain a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter. A Cameron Swartz jumper capped off a 10-3 run midway through the quarter that extended the lead to 11 at 66-55.
The lead did not dip below nine in the closing minutes as the Eagles closed the game comfortably thanks to clutch free-throw shooting.
The scorching hot Eagles’ first win over Miami since 2014 moved them into a tie for fourth place in the ACC with Virginia Tech and Florida State. BC is now 17-10 overall and 10-6 in the ACC as the season enters its final stretch. Miami, meanwhile, fell to 13-14 and 5-11 in the ACC.
The Eagles will hope to close out the regular season on a seven-game winning streak, beginning a final two-game road trip at Louisville on Thursday before facing Syracuse on Sunday.
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