The Boston College women’s basketball team fought hard against #2 Louisville today, but were unable to earn an upset against the undefeated Cardinals. Louisville won the game by a score of 89-70, thanks in no small part to Dana Evans’ game leading 24 points.
The Eagles scored first and then had a 1 point, 4-3 lead early in the game, but Louisville dominated from there, leading by as many as 23 points late in the game.
Although the Eagles lost, they performed better against the Cardinals than almost any other team this season. Top 20 team DePaul is the only team to score more points on Louisville than BC this season, with 75. BC also performed on par with Louisville for the most part: Louisville led by just 1 rebound (32-31), both teams had 13 turnovers, and BC lead with 9 steals to Louisville’s 6. Louisville did shoot with slightly more accuracy, but the Eagles were decent on that front as well.
As usual, fouls were the major problem for BC in this loss. Makayla Dickens, Taylor Soule, Marnelle Garraud, and Ally VanTimmeren all ended the game with 4 personal fouls each. This led to Soule and Dickens both playing slightly fewer minutes than usual.
Cam Swartz and newbie VanTimmeren both had standout offensive games for BC, scoring 17 points apiece. This included a pair of 3s for Swartz and a trio for VanTimmeren. Swartz also led the Eagles with 9 rebounds, while VanTimmeren grabbed 5 boards.
Although VanTimmeren made 6 turnovers and let her nerves get to her on free throws, her performance in particular was impressive. She is recently 18 (and is the youngest player in NCAA women’s basketball right now), has played just 4 games for a team that she joined mid-season, and is already dropping double-digit points against one of the top teams in the country. Eagles fans should be excited to see what she’ll bring to this team as she continues to develop as a player.