Earlier today, Boston College women’s basketball legend Carolyn Swords announced that she is retiring from professional play after 8 seasons. Swords, who has spent the past 2 seasons playing for the Las Vegas Aces, will remain with Vegas as a marketing specialist. Swords interned with the Aces front office during the offseason in 2018-19, during which time she spearheaded 2 major community service initiatives.
Swords played at Boston College from 2007-2011, and led the Eagles to their most recent WNIT appearance as a senior. She is BC’s second highest all time scorer with 2,029 points (the only Eagle besides Sarah Behn to hit the 2,000 point mark), and is BC’s only player to have over 2,000 career points and over 1,000 career rebounds. She is by far the program’s leading rebounder with 1,159 career rebounds.
Swords holds the top 3 program records for rebounds in a single season (316, 312, 290), and all 4 top spots in best field goal percentage in a season (71.4%, 67.8%, 66.4%, 64.2%). She also is the program leader in career blocks (178), and played 133 games for BC, more than any other women’s basketball Eagle. She earned numerous recognitions during her time at BC, including being the NCAA field goal percentage champion as a sophomore, junior, and senior.
After Boston College, Swords was drafted by the Chicago Sky. She played for Chicago for 3 seasons, spent 2 seasons with the New York Liberty, and played for the Seattle Storm in 2017 before closing out her career in Vegas. Swords retires with 3.8 points per game, 3.1 rebounds per game, and a career field goal percentage of 54%. While in the WNBA, Swords also acted as a leader off the court, which included acting as the WNBPA treasurer. She also spent time playing in both Italy and Australia during WNBA off-seasons.
Congrats to Carolyn on wrapping up her playing career and best of luck as she begins her new role!