A fourth-quarter wake-up was not enough to lift the Boston College women’s basketball team over Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets easily outscored the Eagles 86-68 Wednesday morning in Atlanta.
The Eagles came out slow in the first quarter and fell behind early. Georgia Tech outscored BC 27-18 in the first, the first time this season that BC had been down after the opening 10 minutes.
Makayla Dickens attempted to match the offensive power coming from the Yellow Jackets, adding eight points on 3-4 shooting in the first quarter. She finished the game with 16 points and seven boards.
BC was once again beat offensively in the second quarter, as Georgia Tech extended its lead to 51-30 going into halftime. The Yellow Jackets were hot, shooting 61% from the field in the first half. They also hit half of their 14 3-point shots, adding to their insurmountable offense.
The third quarter was much of the same. The Yellow Jackets pushed their lead to almost 30 points, leading the Eagles 74-45. BC appeared unprepared for a competitive game after easily beating most opponents so far this season.
The Eagles woke up in the fourth quarter, finally looking like a team that can compete in the ACC. They outscored Georgia tech 23-12 in the final frame, finally finding the spark they had been missing most of the game.
Dickens and Taylor Soule were instrumental in igniting this fourth quarter attempted comeback, with triples just a minute apart. These allowed for a 13-1 run for the Eagles. Still, they couldn’t overcome the Yellow Jackets’ lead.
Soule’s effort from behind the arc in the fourth marked her first career made three-pointer. If she can develop this aspect of her game, she will be nearly unstoppable on the court. Soule again led the Eagles across the stat sheet, finishing with 19 points, two steals, and a block.
Other Eagles who made an impact in the game were Cameron Swartz, with 14 points, two steals, and a block, and Clara Ford, with 9 points and six boards.
Freshman Kaylah Ivey and sophomore Jaelyn Batts, who both had career games in last game’s 50 point win over UMass Lowell, played 25 and 16 minutes, respectively, but neither notched a single point. They made their impact in other ways however, with Ivey’s six assists and Batts’ four rebounds.
The game was BC’s first loss of the season, bringing the team to 4-1 on the season. It was also the first game of its ACC schedule, marking a sharply different pace of play from its out-of-conference opponents.
This game showed the Eagles how much tougher they will need to play in order to match up against ACC opponents. The fourth quarter was a glimpse of what BC could look like when they play hard the entire game.
The Eagles dropped this game but are looking forward to another tough opponent in No. 3 North Carolina State at home Sunday at 2:00 p.m.