This year of college athletics ended sadly, but we were lucky to have a number of teams that brought us joy this year. Field hockey and men’s hockey were both nominated for our Team of the Year (plus a tragic vote for “all the teams that had their seasons cut short”), but the women’s basketball team was ultimately voted the winner.
In large part, women’s basketball is the Team of the Year because of the program’s astounding turnaround. In just her second season as head coach, Joanna Bernabei-McNamee coached the Eagles to their first 20 win season since 2010-11, and to a program record 11 ACC wins (the previous high was 7).
The Eagles also earned their first ever season sweep over Notre Dame, beat #14 Florida State on the road, and were tied for the 4th best conference record in the ACC. Throughout the season, BC picked up a number of comeback wins, showing real grit and determination. The Eagles also had a handful of easy wins, including scoring over 100 points against both St. Francis Brooklyn and Delaware State.
Individually, Emma Guy led the ACC with a .594 field goal percentage, and Taylor Soule was 11th in the conference in both scoring and rebounds. Soule also recorded an impressive 10 double-doubles.
When the season was prematurely ended, the Eagles were on the bubble for an NCAA Tournament bid and were a lock for the NIT, where they could have done some real damage.
With an incoming recruiting class ranked 21st in the country, we don’t think this will be the last Team of the Year honor for this program!