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Eagles Pull Out Overtime Win over UMass Behind Soule's Career High

In its second game of the season, the Boston College women’s basketball team (2-0, 0-0 ACC) took a well-rounded approach to secure a 90-83 overtime win over the UMass Minutewomen (1-1, 0-0 A10). 

The Eagles had all of their starters finish in double digits, with Taylor Soule leading the way by tying her career-high 29 points.

Clara Ford continued to come into her own in her second game as a starter. Ford nearly had a double-double by the end of the first quarter. She grabbed eight boards and tallied eight points in the first, and came up big in OT. She contributed another four points after regulation, nearly matching UMass’ team total of five points, and finished the game with 16 and 15.

Sam Breen carried UMass offensively throughout the game. She scored 31 points on an efficient 68% from the field, while also knocking down three shots from behind the arc. Her 28 points in regulation made up over a third of her team’s total. 

The rest of the Minutewomen were unable to keep pace with Breen. 

Her teammates knocked down just over a third of their shots. The only other effective offensive weapon for UMass was Sydney Taylor, who scored 19 points while resting for only five minutes in the game. 

BC was nearly shut down entirely in the third quarter to allow UMass to get back into the game. The Eagles made only one of their 15 field goal attempts and were outscored by 11 in the quarter. 

The lone bright spot in the third was the play of Taylor Soule, who came down with six rebounds and made each of her four free throws. Still, BC maintained only a two-point lead going into the final quarter.

Defensively, BC locked down UMass in overtime. UMass was unable to knock down a single three-pointer and shot 25% from the field. 

After going down early, UMass was able to get back into the game by capitalizing on BC turnovers. The Eagles committed 27 turnovers in the game, which the Minutewomen were able to convert into 33 points. UMass, on the other hand, did a much better job of valuing its possessions and committed only 17 turnovers. 

BC started out strong early and doubled UMass’ point total in the first quarter. The quarter was highlighted by a 19-3 scoring run. The Eagles finished the first with 65-44-100 shooting splits to come out to an early 30-15 lead.

The win brings BC to 2-0 on the season heading into its matchup against Providence College (2-1, 0-0 Big East) on Wednesday. The Friars have won two in a row since losing their season opener, so the Eagles will look to stop their momentum at home. 

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