Happy Monday, BCI! We're through one week of the hockey team's three-week hiatus, and another week closer to the Independence Bowl, so that's something to smile about.
While they haven't exactly been lighting it up, at least one BC basketball team has a winning record. After yesterday's lopsided, 65-40 win over UNH, the BC women's basketball team is now 6-5 and riding a modest three-game winning streak. They have a good chance to extend that streak on Saturday when they return to Conte Forum to face Holy Cross.
Junior Kat Cooper scored a career-high 21 points, including five three-pointers to lead Boston College (6-5) past New Hampshire (4-5), 65-40, in a non-conference game at Conte Forum on Sunday afternoon.
There was other news surrounding the women's basketball team this week as previously highly-touted recruit Tiffany Ruffin is no longer on the team:
One of the top players in the history of New Hampshire high school girls basketball will be noticed today not by her play but by her absence. Tiffany Ruffin is not playing what should have been her senior season at Boston College, which will host the University of New Hampshire today at Conte Forum.
Boston College coach Steve Donahue knows his team's confidence level has become fragile after a slow start this season. He's hoping a win against a Division II team was one small step toward turning it around. Olivier Hanlan scored 14 points and Boston College overcame a sluggish 30 minutes before pulling away for a 67-50 win over Philadelphia on Sunday.
Cady Lalanne scored a game-high 17 points with five rebounds, while freshman Clyde Santee poured in 13 points in just under six minutes of playing time as 22nd-ranked UMass drubbed Northern Illinois, 80-54, yesterday at the Mullins Center.
We've had plenty of fun in this space laughing at UMass football's expense (and the expense of millions of dollars of the UMass system's money), so it's only fair to point out that UMass's continued drinking of BC's milkshake in shootyhoops only increases the urgency to fix the broken program.
However, the fact that Hilliman's official visit to BC has fallen on the weekend when Eagles' starting running back Andre Williams is competing for a Heisman Trophy has proven too much for Rutgers to overcome.
You were college teammates at Boston College with Luke Kuechly, the linebacker for this week's opponent, the Carolina Panthers. What's the scouting report?
"He's so versatile. He has the intelligence, the football IQ. I don't think he gets the credit he deserves for how intelligent he is. He's really fast. He's a hard worker. You have to finish every block because he will fly around the field. He's competitive through and through."
If Ka'Deem Carey scores a touchdown in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl later this month, make sure you watch what he does next. Now that he's got a friend on the other sideline in Boston College star running back Andre Williams, Carey has a little something fun planned.
"When I score a touchdown, you best believe I'm throwing up a ‘4-4,' " said Carey, referencing Williams' uniform number. "Now that I know him, I can do that because we have inside jokes."