Boston College Women’s Basketball lost to Miami 77-60 on the road Thursday night. While the Eagles led at the end of the first half, a dominant second half from the Hurricanes resulted in BC losing control of the game.
Miami outscored BC by 15 points in the fourth quarter, including a 15-2 run. BC committed four turnovers over this stretch, allowing Miami to score easy transition points.
Miami’s Destiny Harden led the game in scoring, putting up 20 points on an efficient 8-12 shooting from the field. She went 0-3 from behind the arc but only missed one of her two-point attempts. Harden was also only one board away from a double-double.
The Hurricanes’ win largely comes on the back of their offensive depth. Five Miami players finished in double figures, with Naomi Mbandu also scoring eight points.
Taylor Soule tried her best to keep BC in the game but came up short in the end. Her 15 points and seven rebounds were both game-highs for the Eagles.
Miami’s offensive attack improved as the game went on. While they struggled to hit three-point shots for most of the game, their field goal percentage improved each quarter. They shot an astounding 69% from the field in the final quarter.
BC, on the other hand, did the exact opposite. The Eagles shot 28% from the field in the third quarter and an only marginally better 31% from the field in the fourth. Additionally, they shot 16% from 3-point range.
The Eagles started the game on an 8-0 run. Their early scoring barrage was led by Makayla Dickens and Jaelynn Batts. Each scored five points in the first quarter, and both went on to score another five in the second. A steal from Kaylah Ivey in the final seconds led to a Jaelynn Betts buzzer-beater, extending BC’s first-quarter lead to four.
Batts’ play was essential to BC’s first-half success. She did not miss a shot from the field and also knocked down both of her free-throw attempts. Batts finished the game with 12 points.
Boston College wrapped up its regular season at home against Georgia Tech on Sunday at 2 p.m.
After Miami's game, BC sat towards the bottom of the standings, ahead of only Duke and Virginia—both of which suspended their programs early in the season due to COVID-19 concerns.
In stark contrast from last season, the Eagles were 5-10 on the season and 1-10 in conference play. They needed to use their last home game against Georgia Tech to iron out some serious issues if they want to make a run in the ACC tournament.
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