In a reverse of their strong offensive win against UMass, Boston College women’s basketball won today’s game against Providence thanks to solid defensive play. The Eagles defeated Providence 58-46 in tonight’s game for Coach McNamee’s first win against the Friars at BC.
The Eagle forced 23 turnovers today, scoring 20 points off of them. Clara Ford in particular was responsible for breaking up some big Providence plays to help her team regain possession. Similarly, Makayla Dickens led all players with 3 steals. The Eagles were slightly outmatched on defensive rebounds (22-21), but led in rebounding overall (38-29).
On the offensive side of things, BC started out strong with a 20-9 lead in the first quarter. Both teams scored 10 points in the second quarter, and Providence outscored BC by 2 in the third before the Eagles regain the momentum late in the game. BC shot 36.1% on field goals and 17.6% on threes, but was an impressive 11-for-11 from behind the free throw line.
Taylor Soule played just 23 minutes today (she averaged 27.5 a game last season) due to foul trouble, but Cam Swartz picked up the slack, leading BC with 16 points. Clara Ford was the only other Eagle to hit double digits, with 10 points, and Soule still managed to lead BC in rebounds (8) and add 9 points of her own. Freshman Kayla Ivey is a player to keep an eye on, as her confidence is slowly growing each game. Ivey recorded 6 points today, and made a couple big defensive plays as well.
The Eagles are set to play UMass Lowell on Sunday before beginning ACC play next week.