Just as we were all starting to feel good about Boston College's other basketball program following a 10-5 start to the season, the women's basketball team lost by 42 points Thursday night at second-ranked Notre Dame, 95-53. The loss snaps a seven-game winning streak for the Eagles (10-6, 1-1 ACC). Notre Dame improves to 14-0 (2-0 ACC) after winning its 37th straight regular-season game and 20th straight at home.
Senior Kristen Doherty had a team-high 13 points, five assists and five steals to pace the Eagles. Katie Zenevitch scored 11 while Lauren Engeln added 10 in the loss.
Despite the setback, it appears that second year coach Erik Johnson has the program headed in the right direction. The Eagles finished the non-conference portion of the schedule with a mark of 9-5 -- the best non-conference record in four seasons -- and won its ACC home opener vs. Virginia Tech.
Unfortunately, the ACC is the SEC football of women's college basketball. The women's side is arguably more difficult than the men's league. Six of the 15 programs in the conference are ranked in the top 25 this week, including three -- No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 3 Duke and No. 6 Maryland -- in the top 10.
The schedule-makers weren't not all that kind to the Eagles this season. Boston College will next travel to Durham, North Carolina to take on the No. 3 Duke Blue Devils on Sunday at 1 p.m. The game will be aired on NESN.