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BC Women's Basketball Matches Last Year's Win Total, Defeats Columbia 74-60

The Boston College women’s basketball team redeemed themselves after their first loss of the year to Providence with a 74-60 home victory against a young Columbia team. Despite the previous loss ending their unbeaten record, BC entered Sunday’s game averaging 11 rebounds per game and 18.7 points per game more than last year at the same point in the season.

BC put forth a strong first quarter to open up a 21-14 lead. The Eagles shot 50% from the floor with a trio of three-pointers, two of which came from Sydney Lowery, who finished with 13 points. Freshman standout Taylor Soule provided a spark in transition for BC. Her quickness on the break was key for the Eagles, leading to several easy baskets. She finished the game 5-7 from the field with 11 points.

Despite their strong start, the Eagles only held a 37-31 lead heading into halftime. Janiya Clemmons, a junior guard for the Lions, tallied a big second quarter, connecting on several mid-range jumpers. Additionally, BC recorded several sloppy turnovers and missed their last five shots of the half, keeping the game close at the break.

Nevertheless, BC opened the game up in the third quarter to the extent of a double digit lead. They outscored Columbia 21-13 in the quarter and shot 53.3% from the floor. Forward Emma Guy and guard Marnelle Garraud largely fueled the run. Guy had a massive defensive impact throughout the game. She played excellent defense in the post and came away with a couple key blocks in addition to five rebounds and eight points. Garraud provided six of the eight points during BC’s game high 8-0 run in the third quarter. Georgia Pineau also dropped in back-to-back baskets to close the third. She finished the contest with a season-high 16 points along with a team-high 9 rebounds.

The Eagles closed out the win in the fourth quarter comfortably. Two quick baskets by Soule opened the quarter and the Eagles were able to expand their lead to a game-high 20 points on a Clara Ford post-up and hook shot with 4:46 remaining in the game.

The Eagles improved their record to 7-1 on the year, already matching their win total from the entirety of last season. It was a complete wire-to-wire win for BC with Columbia only holding the lead for eight seconds at 1-0. The Eagles played to their strengths, dominating the rebounding battle 49-33, 18 of those being offensive boards. They scored 44 of their 74 points in the paint and the bench outscored Columbia’s 25-14.

Up next, the Eagles will play host to Bryant at 7 p.m. Thursday night at Conte Forum in another non-conference clash.

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