The Boston College Women’s Basketball team snapped its losing streak against Georgia Tech in the last home game of the season. The Eagles downed the Yellow Jackets 49-43 in what was BC’s first annual Black History Month celebration game.
Both teams struggled offensively in what would turn out to be a low-scoring game. This is just the second time all season that the Eagles have posted less than 50 points, and the first time they have won while doing so.
After the first ten minutes of play, BC held a small 9-8 lead over Georgia Tech. Neither team could find an offensive rhythm, proven by the fact that only 2 points were scored in the first four minutes of the game.
Taylor Soule was able to create some offensive movement for the Eagles in the final three minutes of the opening frame. Her fast break in the paint allowed BC to take the lead and hold it until the end of the first quarter.
This lead was never a large one, however. Georgia Tech was able to hold the contest very close throughout.
The Eagles led at the half by five points, due to an 11-0 run toward the middle of the half. Cameron Swartz started the streak about halfway through with two driving layups in the paint. Soule’s three-point play with a free point at the charity stripe capped off the run and was enough to put the Eagles up at the half.
Swartz had an excellent afternoon, with 23 points to lead all scorers. She shot 8-14 from the field and went a perfect 6-6 at the free-throw line, scoring nearly half of BC’s points.
Georgia Tech was able to overtake BC in the third quarter. They led 41-37 after 30 minutes of play. The Yellow Jackets shot 57.1% in the quarter, proving to be too much for what was otherwise strong BC defense.
The Eagles were down seven with just under three minutes to play in the third. Swartz cut into this growing lead with a foul drawn on a three for a four-point play. An additional pair of free throws for Swartz in the last minute kept BC in the game and only down by four points by the end of the third.
The fourth quarter again started slow for both teams with neither scoring a single point in the first three and a half minutes. BC ended up dominating the fourth quarter, however, outscoring G-Tech 12-2 in the final 10 minutes.
Georgia Tech did not make a field goal in the fourth quarter, with a pair of free throws making up their only two points.
BC took the lead in the final three minutes of the game with points from Soule and Makayla Dickens. The team ended on an 8-0 run to snap their six-game losing streak with the 49-43 win.
Soule added 13 points and seven rebounds behind Swartz’s 23 points and seven rebounds. Ally VanTimmerman chipped in seven boards of her own, making an impact both defensively and offensively.
Boston College moves to 6-10 on the season with this win and 2-10 in the ACC. The Eagles play their final regular season game on the road against Syracuse Thursday night at 8 p.m.
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