The Boston College women’s basketball team lost their first game of the Puerto Rico Clasico to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, with the 49ers taking them down 84-68 on Wednesday afternoon.
Charlotte earned their second ACC win of the season so far, after beating Wake Forest back in mid-November. This was a big win for Charlotte, coming off their first loss of the season to Fordham.
BC, on the other hand, had the momentum coming into this game after a dominating win over VCU on Nov. 24 in which the team shot a season-high 56% from the floor. However, Charlotte had the edge almost the entire contest on Wednesday.
Although the final score may not show it, the Eagles were persistent and hung on to Charlotte throughout the first half. The 49ers only led by six points after the first quarter and by three points at the half.
The Eagles only outscored Charlotte during the second quarter. It was still anyone’s game at halftime, despite some shooting troubles for BC.
BC shot a mediocre 42% from the field in the first half and made nothing from behind the arc, despite eight attempts. This is a drastic change from their game against VCU, in which the Eagles shot 75% from three in the first half on the same amount of shots.
Charlotte also shot poorly in the first half, which kept the score close at halftime. Both their field goal and three-point percentages wouldn’t even hit 40%.
However, Charlotte found a rhythm in the third quarter that changed the momentum of the game. The 49ers outshot the Eagles 26-14 in the third, allowing them to take a significant 64-49 lead going into the final quarter.
The third quarter actually started well for the Eagles, as they took a two-point lead for about a minute. However, Charlotte responded with two jumpers and a steal to reignite their offense in a big way, allowing Charlotte to go on to close the third with a 22-5 run on 76% shooting.
This run would be too much for the Eagles to overcome, even after keeping up with Charlotte in the fourth quarter.
The difference makers were second-chance points and points off turnovers for Charlotte. Charlotte outscored BC 22-10 and 24-14 in each respective column.
Emma Guy and Cameron Swartz played well for the Eagles, despite the loss. Guy put up 19 points along with grabbing nine boards and two assists. Swartz added 18 points and two assists.
The Eagles fall to a 4-3 record while Charlotte rises to 5-1.
BC plays their second game of the tournament against Tulane on Thursday, Nov. 28 before returning to play at Northwestern on December 4.