The Eagles’ struggles continued last night when they dropped another home game in a 67-59 loss to the Demon Deacons. With the loss, BC fell to 1-8 in conference play and missed an opportunity to notch an ACC victory against a sub-.500 team. The Deacs improve to 11-12, 3-8 ACC with the win.
BC got off to a slow start that they never quite recuperated from, digging themselves into a 14-point hole in the first half. The offense improved in the second half, with Taylor Ortlepp (19 points) and Milan Bolden-Morris (18 points) leading the way. Ortlepp hit five 3-pointers to help fuel the comeback. The lead was down to 4 in the final two minutes after a Taylor Ortlepp three at 1:51, but that was as close as the Eagles would make it. Wake Forest was able to hold off the attack and hit six of seven free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
Wake Forest was able to completely dominate the boards, more than doubling BC’s rebounding total 47 to 22. BC took way too long to find an offensive groove; Bolden-Morris scored all of her 18 points in the second half. If the Eagles can correct these problems, they will have a chance to grab a conference win or two in the upcoming stretch. They will face Georgia Tech and Pitt next week, both 2-8 in the ACC, before a tough stretch against top-10 opponents Louisville, Notre Dame, and FSU. First, they will face off at home against NC State (18-5, 7-3 ACC) at 2 PM on Sunday.