Kat Cooper led the Eagles with 13 points and Katie Zenevitch added 12 but it wasn't enough as the Boston College women's basketball team fell to second-ranked Notre Dame, 82-61, on Thursday night. BC is now 12-13 overall, 3-9 in ACC play.
Notre Dame's Kayla McBride led all scorers with 21 points, while Jewell Loyd added 18. The win gives the Irish their best start in school history. Notre Dame is one of two unbeaten teams in the country with a mark of 24-0, 11-0 ACC.
The Eagles were playing without leading scorer Kristen Doherty, who was out for precautionary reasons with concussion symptoms.
After starting the season strong by compiling a 10-5 record, the Eagles have lost nine of their last 11 games. Five of those losses came to ranked teams -- including a pair to Notre Dame -- but BC also dropped winnable games to Wake Forest (56-50), Pittsburgh (67-65) and Virginia Tech (70-63 OT) over that span.
The program seems to have caught the same road/neutral bug that ails the men's team. The women are now just 2-8 in road games this season and haven't won on the road since December 29 at Providence (0-6). BC's strong start to the season had fans hopeful that the program was ahead of schedule, but perhaps the rebuilding job under second year coach Erik Johnson will take a bit longer than expected earlier this season.
Four regular season games remain before the ACC Tournament, starting with a Sunday afternoon home game against the Syracuse Orange (17-8, 6-6 ACC) for three more #OrangeEagle points.