The Boston College Eagles fell to 2-2 after losing Sunday afternoon on the road to the Friars in a non-conference matchup.
BC fell behind early and never recovered. The largest the deficit stretched to was 27 points in the third quarter, but a late comeback by the Eagles cut the lead down. BC outscored Providence 29-27 in the second half, but the effort was too little, too late.
The Eagles outplayed the Friars in several key areas on the afternoon, but shooting was ultimately their downfall.
BC won the rebounding battle 35 to 33 and had 12 offensive rebounds to Providence’s three. The Eagles committed 16 turnovers, but the defense did force the Friars into 19 of their own. The Eagles scored 24 points off these mistakes.
Failing to capitalize off second chance points and poor shooting cost the Eagles any chance at victory. As a team, they shot 23-for-63 from the field, 5-for-16 from beyond the arc, and 9-for-13 from the line for a 36.5-31.3-69.2 shooting split.
The Friars shot the lights out, but the Eagles will be left thinking they could have defended better on the perimeter. As a team, they shot 29-for-53 from the field, 7-for-14 from three, and 11-for-13 from the free-throw line for a blistering 54.7-50.0-84.6 shooting split.
Only a disappointing two Eagles scored in double figures. Taylor Soule had a very strong showing off the bench with 18 points, 12 of which came in the first half. She contributed on the glass with seven rebounds (three offensive) and defensively as well with three steals.
Emma Guy contributed some much needed scoring with 10 points and shot over 50% from the field (4-7). She came down with a solid six boards, but will be disappointed by her team-high four turnovers.
BC fell into a double-digit hole early as Providence went on a 10-0 run to make the score 14-4. Soule scored six straight points to spark the Eagles offense, but it was not enough to cut into the lead as the quarter ended 23-12 in favor of the Friars.
With under three minutes to play in the half, a pair of Guy free throws cut the score to single digits. However, a common theme on the night was BC’s failure to maintain momentum. Providence immediately responded with a 9-0 run to close the half. The lead ballooned to 18 as BC trailed 49-31.
The Eagles shot 50% (3-for-6) in the first half and had an opportunity to keep the game close, but turnovers killed them. They had 10 in the first half and an especially costly three in the closing minute of the half.
BC had a much better second half, but a mid-third quarter run by Providence brought the lead to an insurmountable 27 points. The Eagles bench, a bright spot on the day, logged some good minutes in response and anchored a 10-0 run to finish the quarter.
The Eagles won both the third and fourth quarters by scores of 18-17 and 11-10 respectively in what was a late moral victory.
BC drops to .500 (2-2) with the loss and would certainly love to improve said record over its upcoming two-game home stand. The Eagles host Rhode Island this Thursday at 7 p.m. before a clash with VCU this Sunday at 2 p.m.