In a disappointing game on Sunday, the Eagles fell to the Maine Black Bears in a six point loss during the Black Bear Thanksgiving Tournament. The final score was 69-64, giving the Black Bears their first tournament championship since 2006.
In Friday's match up, which was also Coach Erik Johnson's 100th career win, the Eagles beat the Brown University Bears 90-80 in overtime. Boston College was originally scheduled to play Wright State, but the Raiders had to back out of the tournament due to a Nor'easter that cancelled their flight to Maine.
This game used the team's sixth combination of starters this season which included Mosetti (F), Hughes (G), Boudreau (G), Kelsick (G), and Quandt (C). The team played well, but there was not much improvement from their last game. Their shooting percentage dropped from 48.4 to 42.6, but the more drastic drop was their three point percentage. In both the Brown game and the Maine game, Boston College attempted 10 three pointers in the first half, 11 in the second half and 4 in overtime. It is bizarre that these numbers mirrored each other for two straight games; they were only successful with 28% of those 25 shots as opposed to the 48% from the previous game.
Sophomore Kelly Hughes had 16 points and six rebounds, while Karima Gabriel added a season high of 12 points in addition to eight rebounds. Nicole Boudreau contributed 9 points, five rebounds and five assists. Additionally, Emilee Daley added 10 points, three rebounds and four steals. Individually the ladies played well, but as a whole there was no growth as a team.
By the end of the first half, the score was 34-31 with the Eagles in the lead. The second half continued with a close score until the end. A lane violation call on the Eagles gave the ball back to Maine with 29 seconds left in the half, giving Maine forward Liz Wood a chance to bring the game to overtime. In overtime, the Black Bears started strong with an 8-2 run at the beginning, and closed the game out with a 5 point victory over the Eagles.
Moving forward the Eagles need to improve with their overall consistency in order to keep winning games. The shot attempts have increased significantly, but they need to keep making more of their shots. Judging from the 22 turnovers in this game, they will also need to take better care of the ball as well.
The Eagles will play their third home game of the season on December 3rd while facing Indiana in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. Tip off is at 7pm.