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Shooting Struggles Hurt Eagles in Loss to Hokies

It was not a happy trip down to Blacksburg, Virginia for the Boston College Women’s Basketball Team on Thursday night as they took on Virginia Tech.

After coming off their third ACC road win of the season against Georgia Tech, the Eagles lost to the Hokies, 70-49, falling to a 10-9 record (3-5 ACC). 

BC started the game off slow, struggling to get good looks in the first quarter. The Hokies dominated the scoreboard in the early going, holding on to an early 18-7 lead thanks to a 20% shooting success rate from the Eagles.

BC guard Marnelle Garraud made her presence known on the court immediately, scoring four of the Eagles’ initial seven points.

The Eagles tried to ignite a fire on the offensive and defensive end, but failed on both accounts. With a lack of both transition and outside points for BC, Virginia Tech went into the break with their largest lead of the night, 35-19. 

Eagle's Head Coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee mentioned to reporters on the court at half that she was hoping the team could have a reset with their shooting. The Eagles saw an uptick in scoring in the second half, but not enough to catch up to the insurmountable Hokie lead.

The teams reset button was initiated with a quick three minute run at the start of the third quarter. Makayla Dickens hit the team's first three-pointer of the game for the Eagles. Soon after, Dickens finished a great take to the hoop as she forced her way through VT's Dara Mabrey, causing the BC bench to erupt in celebration.

Yet, this momentum did not last long, as the Eagles started to lose control of the ball again a few minutes later. The Hokies took advantage of this and built upon their lead, ending the third quarter with an 18 point lead. 

Despite the clock becoming an ally of the Hokies in the fourth quarter, the Eagles still had fight left as they went into the final frame. Emma Guy dished out a pass to Dickens, who used her body to block and seal off VT's Taja Cole to finish the layup. 

Dickens and Taylor Soule continued to put points on the board and ended the game with a combined 23 points. After an exciting road win at Georgia Tech on Sunday, the Eagles could not continue their momentum, ending their streak with a 21 point loss.

The Boston College Women’s Basketball team faces another tough test away from the Heights as the Eagles travel to Tallahassee to play the Florida State Seminoles (16-3, 5-3 ACC) next Thursday night.

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