The Boston College women's basketball team improved on their strong start to the season last night, crushing Hartford 62-28 (!) to improve to 7-1 on the young season. I had never heard of a basketball team scoring fewer than 30 points other than probably every time the UConn women play, but there you have it. UHart started the game with a 5-0 lead, but BC resolved the situation by going on a 62-23 run.
As you can imagine with the score being 62-28, BC completely dominated in every statistical category, out-rebounding Hartford 55-28. BC led in assists 21-7. Perhaps most remarkably - and I'm pretty positive I've never seen this before - Hartford never once even went to the free throw line during the game. The scoring was spread around nicely, with Emilee Daley coming off the bench to the way with a total of 14 points.
Here are some highlights of BC basically playing like they're shooting around in the gym against the practice squad:
BC entered the game 39th in RPI according to RealTimeRPI, a spot that may improve after the victory. This is certainly as high as BC has been in a long time in women's basketball. Hartford is obviously a weaker opponent from the America East conference, but they're not completely awful - they came in to the game 4-3.
Here's video of coach Erik Johnson's press conference postgame:
The women's basketball team returns to the court on Sunday against UNH at 1 PM, part of a basketball doubleheader at Conte Forum (the men play Maine at 5 PM). It's too early to know how good this team can be in the gauntlet of ACC women's basketball, but they're certainly worth keeping an eye on, as they finally appear to have something going after a low period in the program's history.