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Taylor Soule Stays Hot, Leads Eagles Past Panthers

The Boston College women’s basketball team extended its winning streak to four games on Thursday night, with a 70-59 victory over the Pittsburgh Panthers.

Now 16-10 overall and 9-6 in the ACC, the Eagles are just one game out of third place in the conference, with a real chance to gain a double-bye in the ACC Tournament.

Taylor Soule stayed hot on Thursday, leading the Eagles in scoring with 22 points and 12 rebounds on efficient 10-of-13 shooting. Her double-double in this game marks her ninth of the season so far. Soule has been a vital piece for Boston College throughout the stretch, leading the Eagles in scoring in each of their last three contests.

The Panthers, stuck at the bottom of the conference standings, stuck close to the Eagles in the early stages, leading 12-11 at the end of the first quarter.

BC, however, responded with a dominant performance over the next two frames, taking the lead in the opening moments of the second quarter and never relinquishing it. The Eagles would lead by as much as 20, stifling the Panthers offense and holding the visitors to just 21 points across the second and third quarters combined.

Guard Dayshanette Harris was a steady presence for the Panthers, chipping in a game-high 27 points. However, being the only teammate in double figures, Harris was unable to carry her team to victory.

The Eagles held a massive advantage on the glass, grabbing 43 rebounds compared to Pittsburgh’s 31. Emma Guy and Georgia Pineau, meanwhile, aided Soule in carrying the scoring load, contributing 10 and 11 points, respectively.

Soule’s recent emergence could bode well for the Eagles as postseason play approaches. While BC’s NCAA Tournament status is not yet clear, a strong end to the regular season and a high seed in the ACC Tournament could put the Eagles in position for a chance to make it to the Big Dance.

For now, however, the Eagles take on Miami before traveling to fifth-ranked Louisville to close the regular season. Wins in these final two games could give BC a substantial postseason boost, and if Soule continues to score like she has, a deep postseason run may be within reach.

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