The Eagles fell 96-69 to Syracuse in a midday ACC contest at the Carrier Dome on Sunday, marking their third straight loss on the year and second three game losing streak this season. Emma Guy had a career day, one of the only bright spots for the Eagles in a dominant Syracuse victory. She recorded her ninth career double-double, finishing with a career high 30 points to go along with 14 rebounds.
Freshman guard Makayla Dickens had another big day for the Eagles after putting up 24 points against UVA on Thursday. Today, she added 21 points, shooting 6-11 from the three-point line to go along with 6 assists.
The BC defensive game-plan involved packing the paint and forcing the Orange to shoot from outside, but BC’s perimeter defense left much to be desired. Syracuse torched BC from beyond the arc; they shot 46.2% (12-26) from deep and 60.6% (40-66) from the field overall.
Syracuse star forward Miranda Drummond was on fire the entire game. She had 24 points and shot 6-9 from three-point range. Guard Tiana Mangakahia ran the show on offense, dishing 12 assists on the afternoon. The 96-point outburst by the Orange marked their first conference victory while scoring over 95 points since February 12, 2017.
The Eagles were completely outplayed in the paint by the Orange. Syracuse had their way on the inside, putting up 46 points amongst the BC forwards, while the Eagles could only manage 28 points overall.
BC had plenty of opportunities to score. As a team, they collected 37 rebounds, including 19 offensive rebounds, ultimately out-rebounding the Orange, who had 35 as a team, 10 of those offensive. But, as it's been going all season, the Eagles could not capitalize on these opportunities. They shot a poor 36.8% (25-68) from the field and 32% (8-25) from three.
The Eagles had no production from their bench, with all five starters putting up all of the 69 points on the board. Inconsistency from the bench has hurt BC many times this year and has become a recurring issue that Head Coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee will have to fix down the stretch.
Syracuse was dominant from the start after jumping out to a quick 5-0 lead. They led 26-15 after the first quarter and never looked back, hitting four three pointers in the process.
The lead grew to 19 going into the half as BC trailed 53-34. The Orange started the second quarter hot with a 64.7% shooting clip. Their 53-point half was the most they had scored in the first half the entire season.
The Eagles could not get anything going to start the half and were too far behind to mount a late comeback. Syracuse held a 20-point advantage, leading 73-53 going into the fourth quarter. They extended their lead to a game high 34 points with a minute left in the fourth.
The Eagles need to solve their defensive issues quickly if they want to avoid a fourth straight loss. They host rival and ACC powerhouse No. 5 Notre Dame this Wednesday at 7 pm from Conte Forum. The defending national champs, led by Arike Ogunbowale, will pose a tall task for the Eagles, who were defeated by the Fighting Irish earlier this season. Syracuse will look to build on their decisive victory as they play host to NC State this Wednesday from the Carrier Dome.
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