Things were really looking up for a while for second-year Boston College women's basketball coach Erik Johnson. The Eagles jumped out to a 10-5 start to the season in non-conference play as they looked to build on the previous season's 12-19 campaign. And then ACC play happened ...
Boston College would proceed to lose 14 of its final 16 games of the season, including the last seven, to finish the year 12-19 (3-13 ACC).
On Tuesday, Johnson and the Lady Eagles learned what conference schedule will look like in 2014-15. Looks like the Eagles will be in store for another tough slate of games within the conference.
The Boston College women's basketball team will play Syracuse and Notre Dame both home and away in the 2014-15 season, announced Tuesday by the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Eagles will also host Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, NC State and Virginia Tech. BC will be on the road in 2014-15 at Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Virginia and Wake Forest.
The good news, if there is any, is that six of the eight conference foes scheduled to play at Conte Forum next season -- Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, Notre Dame and Syracuse -- and competed in last year's NCAA Tournament.
The bad news is that with the ACC's new schedule rotation, the Eagles have one of the toughest pairs of rivalry partners in the conference with guaranteed home-and-homes with Notre Dame and Syracuse. Notre Dame was easily the best women's basketball program outside of Storrs, Connecticut last season, while Syracuse is coming off arguably its best season in program history.
Next season, the Eagles lose G/F Shayra Brown, G/F Kristen Doherty and F/C Katie Zenevitch to graduation, but have signed a pair of well regarded players in PG Ashley Kelsick (Highland H.S., CA) and P Katie Quandt (Lakeville H.S., MN) for next season.