The Boston College women’s basketball team fell to #25 Syracuse this evening, despite a strong fourth quarter comeback attempt. The Orange took this one 71-64, but BC fought until the end.
The Eagles and the Orange made this a real battle of the defenses, as expected. BC took an early lead, holding Syracuse scoreless for nearly 5 minutes. Once Syracuse got going however, the Eagles began to have trouble keeping the Orange from scoring. Cuse took an 11-10 lead into the second quarter, and then dominated the second quarter to head into halftime leading 32-22.
By the third period, the Orange led by as many as 20 points, but BC began chipping away at that lead in the final period, cutting it down to the single digits. Unfortunately, BC wasn’t able to balancing out scoring baskets and shutting Syracuse down enough to complete the comeback, and the Orange were able to pad out their lead once the Eags started fouling in the final minute of play.
Where BC really struggled in this loss was from the free throw line: BC went just 7-for-15, essentially handing the Orange the lead off of missing frees. However, despite this being a loss, it does show just how much this squad has improved that they’ve gone from blowing a huge lead to Harvard to playing competitive basketball against a ranked team.