The Boston College women’s basketball team earned their first ACC win of the season tonight, defeating Notre Dame in a thrilling comeback with a 64-61 victory.
The Eagles were outplayed for much of tonight’s game, with Notre Dame holding the lead for 87.9% percent of the matchup, including leading by 14 points with just 5:33 to go in the game. But this BC team never gives up, and they fought back in the final five minutes.
The Eagles comeback started in earnest with a pair of 3s from Marnelle Garraud and another 3 from Makayla Dickens that combined to get the Eagles within 1. Notre Dame increased their lead to 2 points with a free throw, but a free throw from Taylor Soule and a layup from Cameron Swartz got BC a 1 point lead with 10 seconds to go. Dickens was fouled with .5 second remaining and made both shots to pad BC’s victory out to 3 points. All in all, BC outscored Notre Dame 22-11 in the fourth quarter.
Taylor Soule had a phenomenal game, scoring a game-leading 21 points and leading the Eagles with 8 rebounds. Makayla Dickens added 15 points, also scoring more than Notre Dame’s top scorer (Mikayla Vaughn, 12 points).
The Eagles did have a fairly strong defensive game tonight as well, including 6 blocks and 13 steals. In her second game for the Eagles, Ally VanTimmeren made an impressive 3 blocks. The Eagles also scored 28 points off of Notre Dames 23 turnovers.
The Eagles now head to Wake Forest for a Sunday matchup to replace a cancelled game against Duke.