The Boston College women’s basketball team played their first game since January 17 today after missing a trio of games due to COVID protocols. The Eagles hosted #1 Louisville in tonight’s matchup and fell top the top team in the country by a score of 97-68.
The Eagles played strong in the first quarter, and assisted by Louisville playing slightly off their game managed to go into the second quarter down by just 4 points. BC continued to keep pace with the Cardinals early in the second quarter, but Louisville began to run away with things to close out the half and continued to dominate for the rest of the game.
The Cardinals really dominated in rebounding, grabbing 43 rebounds to BC’s 27. In fact, the Cardinals total defensive rebounds (26) nearly matched BC’s total rebounds. Louisville also shot at 56.9% and made just 15 fouls compared to BC’s 21.
The Eagles were strong from behind the arc tonight, making 9 3-pointers, but uncharictaristly struggled on free throws. BC is usually close to a 100% free throw team, but the Eagles went 5-for-8 today.
Taylor Soule led the Eagles with 20 points in tonight’s loss, grabbing just 3 fewer points than Louisville superstar Dana Evans. Makayla Dickens, who made 5 3-pointers, was the only other Eagle to hit double digits, picking up 17 points of her own. Allie Palmieri, the newest early admission addition to the Eagles roster, scored a 3-pointer immediately upon entering the game. The freshman, who joined the team on January 19th, went scoreless for the rest of the match but made a strong initial impression.
The Eagles did play this game without Kaylah Ivey, JoJo Lacey, Sydney McQuietor, and Akunna Konkwo. The absences were due to a mix of injuries and players just getting out of COVID protocol quarantine.
Despite the tough loss, this game did at least give us this fabulous Dickens basket:
Step back for 3!— Boston College Women’s Basketball (@bc_wbb) February 5, 2021
29-25 Louisville after 10 minutes. pic.twitter.com/gtySAqQg32