Boston College Women’s Basketball ran into a buzzsaw on Thursday night. On the heels of a strong 5 game ACC winning streak, the Eagles were down a peg by the Louisville, as the Cardinals put this one away early on their way to a dominating 68-48 win down in Kentucky.
Louisville came out strong and had a big 18-6 lead midway through the first quarter. The Eagles showed some fight before the end of the quarter, though, finishing on a nice 11-2 run to make a game of it at 20-17 Louisville at the first buzzer. But the Cardinals national championship-level talent started to win out as the game wore on, and they pulled away for good before the end of the first half to a 46-24 lead at the 20 minute mark.
The Eagles were able to stop the bleeding in the second half, maintaining the gap at the end of the third quarter. The Eagles held a slight advantage in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 20, but BC couldn’t get any closer. 68-48 was your final, though if you’re looking for a positive on that score, the Eagles only lost the game by 1 if you take out the disastrous 2nd quarter.
It would have been optimistic to hope for a win in this one, as the Cardinals are going to contend for the NCAA title in March. But BC will have a chance to get back on track against Syracuse in their final game of the regular season for what will be a crucial game in their hope to get on the right side of the NCAA bubble. A win over Syracuse would give the Eagles an 18-11 regular season record, putting them just two ACC tournament wins away from 20 and, depending on what the committee thinks, perhaps a berth into the tournament. BC will take on the Orange on Sunday at 4pm in New York.