The Boston College women’s basketball team dropped their first game since Jan. 17 to No. 1 Louisville Thursday night. The 97-68 loss comes after the past three games were postponed due to COVID-19 protocols.
Despite facing the top-ranked women’s team in the country, the Eagles held their own throughout the first quarter. They made two-thirds of their field goals to keep BC alive and down four points at the end of the first ten minutes.
Makayla Dickens was particularly efficient in the first quarter. The junior had 11 points on 4-5 shooting to lead the Eagles. She would end the game with 17 points, the second-highest scorer on the team.
BC was able to tie the game at 33 after Cameron Swartz quickly added 5 points in the second frame, and Dickens added 3 of her own.
That was the last time the score would be close. Louisville proved why they are the best team in the country by going on a frustrating 17-2 run.
Ally VanTimmeren had 5 points in the last minute of the first half to break the run, however, it wasn’t enough to keep BC in the game. Louisville opened up a 12 point lead going into the half, 50-38.
The game slipped away from the Eagles even more as Louisville continued to dominate throughout the second half.
Taylor Soule, as usual, was a bright spot for BC in the second half. She scored 17 of her 20 points in the latter half of the contest. Soule had 10 of BC’s 16 points in the third quarter and would go on to add 7 more in the final frame.
BC shot well from behind the arc, hitting 9-18 attempted threes for 50% shooting. Dickens personally shot 5-6 from three.
With this 97-68 loss, the Eagles have now lost eight of their last nine games. Seven of those losses have been by 10 or more points.
This schedule, with the added factor of the COVID-19 pandemic, has proven how hard it is for this relatively young team to compete in the ACC.
ACC play continues as the Eagles travel to Clemson on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 2:00 p.m.