The Boston College women’s basketball team defeated the Holy Cross Crusaders at Conte Forum Thursday morning to move to 3-0 on the season. BC was led by freshman guards Marnelle Garraud and Makayla Dickens, who scored 19 points apiece.
Holy Cross got off to a hot start, riding a 16-point first quarter from junior Lauren Manis to a 27-25 lead at the end of the period. The Eagles defense was able to stifle the Crusaders from then on, allowing no more than 14 points in the three remaining quarters. Manis finished the game with 30 points—no other Holy Cross players finished in double figures.
The Eagles featured a much more balanced scoring attack with four players scoring at least 12 points. The team shot 44% from three for the game, highlighted by Garraud and Dickens, who each hit five in the contest. BC also dominated the glass in the game, grabbing 19 offensive rebounds to provide plenty of second chance opportunities.
The Eagles took the lead at the 7:11 mark of the second quarter and never gave it back, finishing with a very comfortable 26 point victory. The Eagles have dominated opponents to start the year, averaging an astounding 27.3 margin of victory in their first three games.
BC started four freshman in this game, with Emma Guy as the only upperclassmen. The strong freshman class has been a huge part of the quick turnaround the Eagle’s are experiencing early in the season. The Eagles 3-0 start is a promising sign for a team that only won seven games last season.
They’ll look to continue this hot start as they go on the road to play the University of Houston this Sunday at 2 p.m.