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Pitt Survives BC Women’s Basketball with Second-Half Comeback

Boston College women’s basketball fell to Pitt 83-80 in a Tuesday night nail-biter from Conte Forum. This was their first game in nearly two weeks as a result of COVID-19 protocols. The Eagles led at the half, but were unable to come back after a third quarter Pitt rally. 

Junior forward Taylor Soule led all scorers with 27 points and chipped in 12 rebounds in what was an all-around dominant performance. 

Makayla Dickens and Cameron Swartz were the only other two Eagles to reach double-digits in scoring with 13 and 10 points, respectively. Dickens shot an excellent 3-7 from three-point range, while Swartz shot a hyper-efficient 4-6 from the field. 

Clara Ford largely contributed with ten rebounds, including five offensive boards, despite shooting just 1-8. 

The Eagles put in a decent performance collectively with improvement needed in free-throw shooting and turnovers. As a team, BC shot a 44.3/50.0/68.8 split. They hauled in 42 rebounds in a respectable showing on the glass. Their 18 turnovers to Pitt’s 14 was a major factor in the Eagles’ second-half collapse. 

The Panthers shot a measly 19.0% (4-21) from three-point range, but made up the scoring deficit elsewhere. Pitt ultimately won the game through their scoring in the paint, off the bench, and from the free-throw line. They scored a staggering 44 points in the paint (to BC’s 30), outscored BC 34-20 from the bench, and shot a blistering 81.0% (17-21) from the free-throw line. 

BC started the first quarter hot, opening the game on an 8-0 run, led by three-pointers by Marnelle Garraud and Swartz. After mostly back-and-forth baskets through the middle of the quarter, BC closed on a 10-0 run to end the first with a 29-16 lead. 

The Panthers clawed a bit back in the second quarter, despite the Eagles extending their advantage to a game-high of 15, in the opening minutes. The Eagles went into the half leading 44-34. 

Pitt chewed into the BC lead throughout the third quarter before ripping off a 11-0 run in the latter half of the quarter. They hardly looked back after that, trailing just once more after the run. The third quarter ended with Pitt leading 64-62. 

The Eagles were able to tie the game at 66-66, but fell short in the comeback bid. Pitt’s lead grew to as much as seven, before a clutch three-pointer by Dickens with 43 seconds left gave BC a glimmer of hope. 

BC was unable to capitalize with their last two possessions resulting in a turnover and missed three-pointer. 

Pitt improved to 5-9 on the season with a 3-8 record in ACC play with the victory. With the loss, BC falls to 5-9 on the season and 1-9 in the ACC. 

After a long layoff from playing games, the Eagles have a quick turnaround on the road; they will be traveling to Miami on Thursday for an 8 p.m. ACC clash. 

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Brennan Rietzke