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Women's Basketball Offense Overpowers VCU

Boston College women’s basketball had a huge 35-point win over Virginia Commonwealth University on Sunday afternoon, taking down the Rams 87-52 and maintaining their perfect record in Conte Forum.

Confident shooting and solid ball movement allowed BC to keep extending their lead throughout the game. It was thoroughly a team effort, as five Eagles scored in double-digits and Marnelle Garraud earned herself a double-double—the first of her career.

The Eagles were able to maintain significant leads the entire contest. Their largest lead was 37 points at the one-minute mark in the fourth quarter. Even at the start of the game, BC led by 10 points after four minutes of play.

After both teams traded layups for a tie score of 2-2 after tipoff, BC quickly began a 10-0 run to establish their lead, with Taylor Soule snagging five of these points.

Garraud was already making good headway into her double-double game after the first quarter. In the first alone, she already had seven points and three assists on 100% shooting. 

Cameron Swartz was another leader in this game. Her steal and layup to start the second quarter was a perfect example of the dominant, aggressive offensive style BC displayed in this game. Swartz was one of the players in double figures by the end, with an impressive stat sheet consisting of 15 points, six assists, and three rebounds.

BC had a somewhat sloppy second quarter, but the offense was so strong that it didn’t end up affecting BC’s lead. Some foul trouble toward the beginning of the quarter allowed VCU to tighten up the score a little bit. BC also committed four turnovers in just under four minutes to give VCU some extra possessions. However, this wouldn’t be enough for the Rams to come close to a comeback. 

A three-minute scoring drought for the Eagles at the end of the second quarter was shut down by a jumper from Makayla Dickens with six seconds on the clock. BC went into the half riding high off the confidence from their first half offense.

BC had some extremely impressive shooting stats by halftime. They were shooting 70% from the field and were even better from beyond the arc, shooting 75% on 6-8 attempts. A 53% free throw column was unremarkable, on the other hand.

VCU’s offense struggled in contrast during the first half. They didn’t sink a single one of their six three-point attempts and shot 28% from the field. 

The Eagles continued this dominance throughout the third quarter, maintaining a 20-plus point lead the entire time. A bright spot for VCU was that they made their first and only three-pointer of the game. 

Milan Bolden-Morris made a buzzer-beating three to close out the third quarter and bring the BC lead up to 27 points.

By the fourth quarter, BC just had to make sure a catastrophe didn’t occur for them to lose their almost 30-point lead. Their shooting percentages went down slightly in the second half of the game, ending the game shooting 56% from the field and 54% from three—still both very solid.

To close out the game, a three-minute scoring drought for both teams turned into a 12-2 run for BC, mirroring their run to begin the game. Back-to-back threes from Bolden-Morris would end this game on an especially high note.

With this game, the Eagles rise to a 4-2 record on the season. Next up, they’ll travel to Puerto Rico for a pair of games the Puerto Rico Clasico, taking on Charlotte this Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 12 p.m. and Tulane at 2:30 p.m. this Thursday, Nov. 28.

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