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Boston College Women’s Basketball vs. URI Preview

The Eagles return home to Conte after a tough week on the road

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: JAN 20 Women’s Boston College at Notre Dame Photo by Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Boston College women’s basketball team returns to Conte Forum tonight looking to turn things around after two rough losses on the road to Holy Cross and Providence. URI was BC’s first game under Coach McNamee last season, and the Eagles defeated the Rams 88-64.

This game will be a good test as to how the Eagles can bounce back from adversity, both in terms of returning home after two surprising losses and in terms of dealing with having a number of injuries (Taylor Ortlepp and Akunna Konkwo are both out and Taylor Soule is recovering from a hip pointer from a fall at UNH) and illnesses (Georgia Pineau has been recovering from pneumonia).

COACH MAC ON LAST WEEK’S LOSSES:

“As I coach, you don’t want to use the excuse of injury and sickness as to why you’re not looking your best, but I do think we’re taking our lumps right now a little early with people just not being 100%...
So I think one of the things that we’re trying to work on is it that not everybody is always going to be 100%, but we have to be a more mature team and step up and help the players that aren’t 100% by being 100% at our other positions. And I think the last couple games, no one has stepped up, so we’ve just had mediocre play from everybody and that doesn’t cut it at this level, I don’t care who you’re playing. What hopefully you will see leading into our next game and Rhode Island is a more inspired team as a whole.
And again, as much as we want to be a mature, veteran team, we’re still really not because it’s still just their second year in this new culture and this is really only their second year developing as a program in our style. So everyone is still like a bunch of sophomores.
By no means are these last couple games indicative of the team that we’re growing into. I just think we lost our way a little bit, to be honest, and I think we’re doing a good job to get back on track.”

COACH MAC ON URI: “They have a new coach [Tammi Reiss], and I think they have a newfound excitement, similar to what we had last year at this time. It’s going to be up to us to make sure that they’re coming into our house and that we set that bar very high with our intensity and getting back to what we do on the rebound and down in front and those kind of things that the last two games, I haven’t seen from us.”

STATS MATCHUP

Points Per Game - BC: 81.5 URI: 69.3

Opponent Points Per Game - BC: 67.8 URI: 59.7

FG Percentage - BC: .438 URI: .410

3-Pointer Percentage - BC: .286 URI: .345

Free Throw Percentage - BC: .727 URI: .746

Rebounds Per Game - BC: 44.0 URI: 45.3

Opponent Rebounds Per Game - BC: 37.5 URI: 35.0

Turnovers Per Game - BC: 17.5 URI: 16.0

Steals Per Game- BC: 11.0 URI: 7.3

GAME DAY FACTS

WHO

Boston College Eagles (2-2)

vs.

University of Rhode Island Rams (2-1)

WHERE

Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, MA

WHEN

Thursday, November 21st @ 7:00 PM

HOW TO WATCH

The game can be watched on the ACC Network.

HOW TO LISTEN

You can listen online here.

LIVE STATS

Live stats can be located on BC’s website.

HOW TO FOLLOW ALONG ON TWITTER

Follow our account @bcinterruption and me at @LBerestecki for live updates throughout the game. You can also check out @BC_wbb.