The Boston College Eagles secured their seventh win of the season with a 79-51 win over the Providence Friars on Sunday, December 29th. The game starters were Engeln (G), Boudreau (G), Hughes (F), Kelsick (G), and Quandt (C), all five of whom started in the Eagles' last win over UNH.
At the start of the match, the Friars secured a 10-point lead by the first time-out, due to the leadership of their Senior guard, Tori Rule. However, by the last three minutes of the half, Boston College was able to build momentum as the result of a 14-7 run. Hughes, Kelsick, and Freshman guard Rachel Gartner each scored a three-point shot in the final minutes of the half, giving BC a 39-33 lead at the half.
The second half began with Hughes, Boudreau, Kelsick, Gartner, and Quandt starting. This most likely helped the team continue from where it had left off before the half. Providence was able to cut the lead to two points by the 14:29 mark, but the Eagles held the lead for the remainder of the match.
The Eagles recorded some decent numbers this match, on both an individual and team level. The team had 40 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 blocks, and 13 steals. 15 turnovers don't look so bad considering the final outcome of the game, but of course there is room for improvement. The game leader, Kelly Hughes, scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and she posted her third double-double of the season. Ashley Kelsick followed in second with points made, contributing a career high of 19 points.
In a well-deserved win, the Eagles proved yet again the amount of potential this team has. Hughes stood out in this game, and as also seen in this game, other players like Cooper and Gartner know when to step up and give the game some extra adrenaline. These players continue to fly under the radar for now, but they will become more noticeable when BC begins their ACC play on January 4th.
The Eagles will host their last non-conference game on Wednesday against Northeastern University. Tip off is scheduled for 1pm.