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Women's Basketball Opens Season With Win Over UNH

The 2020-2021 season has officially kicked off for BC women’s basketball. After having a remarkable season cut short last spring, the Eagles have begun their quest for redemption to return to the top of the ACC and continue last year’s momentum. 

On Wednesday, the Boston College Eagles (1-0, 0-0 ACC) opened the season at a fan-less Conte Forum with a 80-44 win over the UNH Wildcats (0-1, 0-0 CAA) behind Taylor Soule’s game high 22 points and 12 boards, the eleventh double-double of her career.

The Eagles got off to a slow start to begin the game, shooting 6-17 in the first quarter, but still led 20-10 after one quarter. Soule and Marnelle Garraud got hot with 12 points between the two of them in the opening period. 

After ending the quarter on a 15-4 run, BC began to pull away at the start of the second quarter. They got to the line at will, going 7-10 from the charity stripe to show off their physical presence and out-scored the Wildcats 23-17. 

Soule continued her stellar play in the second quarter, finishing the half out with a cool 16 points and nine rebounds. She would finish the night with 22 points on an efficient 6-12 and an impressive 10-12 from the free throw line. 

The Eagles didn’t hit much from outside in the first half, only making two threes, but made their presence known in the paint with 38 total points for the game.

The Eagles finished the half with a score of 43-27, shooting 40% from the field and 82% from the line. It was also a strong defensive effort by the Eagles in the first half, forcing 13 out of a game total 23 turnovers in the opening 24 minutes. 

For the game, the Wildcats were stifled with a 26.7% shooting clip from the field. 

BC continued their defensive prowess in the third and fourth quarter, holding the Wildcats to just five and twelve points in each period, respectively. UNH shot an ugly 7-40 in the last two quarters. 

Meanwhile, the Eagles’ offense got cooking in the third quarter as they got off to a 17-5 scoring outburst to begin the next 12 minutes. It was easily their best offensive quarter, shooting 56% from the field and downing three shots from beyond the arc, all by Makayla Dickens. 

The Eagles pushed their lead to an insurmountable margin of 67-32 to end the third quarter. They would tack on 13 more points in the final quarter to finish the game at a score of 80-44 to cap off a great start to the season.

When you lead your opponent in almost every statistical category, you’re likely to win the game—it ain’t rocket science. The Eagles led the Wildcats in rebounds (50), assists (13), and steals (14), to name a few. 

Garraud led the way with her strong defensive effort from the floor, amassing four turnovers and one block in the afternoon.

It was all hands-on-deck for the Eagles, with four players finishing in double-figures including Soule (22), Dickens (14), Clara Ford (12), and Akunna Konkwo (10). 

There were a couple firsts in the first matchup; the redshirt freshmen Konkwo played in her first collegiate game, while the junior Ford got her first spot in the starting lineup. 

The Eagles next face off against the UMass Minutemen (1-0, 0-0 A10) in an in-state matchup on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Conte Forum. 

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