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Women's Basketball

Nov. 26, 1997

Boston College Competes in Downtown Classic

at Atlanta, Georgia
(Georgia Tech, Host)


Friday, November 28, 1997
Game #1: Georgia Tech vs. Charleston Southern (2 p.m.)
Game #2: Boston College vs. Towson (4 p.m.)

Saturday, November 29, 1997
Consolation Game: (2 p.m.)
Championship Game: (4 p.m.)


First Meeting


First Meeting


(Georgia Tech leads, 1-0)

In the only game in the series between Boston College and Georgia Tech, the Yellow Jackets defeated the Eagles, 91-61, on December 28, 1991. The game was a first round contest in the Pepsi-Church's Classic at the University of Miami.

RECORDS: Boston College enters the first round game of the tournament against Towson with a 2-0 record. The Eagles opened the season with a home victory over Marist (104-60), and defeated No. 25 Texas (82-68) in the Reebok Classic. Towson enters the game with a 1-0 record, after defeating Fairleigh Dickinson, 61-47, at home on November 25. Georgia Tech brings a 2-2 record into the tournament. The Yellow Jackets defeated Georgia State (72-59) and Mercer (70-65), but lost to American (82-66) and league opponent Maryland (74-42).

COACHES: Cathy Inglese (Southern Connecticut '80), currently in her fifth season at Boston College, has a record of 49-62 with the Eagles. Inglese's overall coaching record is 169-136 in 12 years. She is assisted by Pam Borton, Kelly Cole, and Bill Gould. Ellen Fitzkee (Lafayette '81), currently in her 10th season as the head coach at Towson University, has a 106-141 career record . Agnus Berenato is currently in her 10th season as head coach at Georgia Tech, and has compiled a 133-124 career record with the Yellow Jackets. Fred Francello is in his fifth season as head coach at Charleston Southern. He has a 36-73 record in four years with the Lady Buccaneers.

F   #23 Kim Beezer  (5-8, Sr., 6.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg)
F   #44 Paula Bacso (6-1, Jr., 8.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg)
C   #32 Whitney Steele (6-4, Jr., 12.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg)
G   #5  Cal Bouchard (5-7, So., 21.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg)
G   #24 Aimee McGuire (5-8, Sr., 6.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg)

BIG EAST CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Cal Bouchard was named BIG EAST Conference Co-Player of the Week after averaging 21.5 points in Boston College's two wins last week. In the 104-60 win over Marist on November 20, the sophomore guard netted 11 points (4-5 FG, 1-2 3-pt., 2-2 FT), pulled down four rebounds, and dished out a career-high eight assists. She led the Eagles to a 82-68 victory over No. 25 Texas at the Reebok Classic on November 23, scoring a career-high 32 points (9-17 FG, 2-6 3-pt., 12-14 FT), and added four assists, three rebounds, and two steals. She earned BIG EAST Rookie of the Week honors three times last year.

FIRST WIN OVER RANKED OPPONENT: When the Eagles defeated No. 25 Texas in the Reebok Classic on November 23, it marked the first victory in school history over a ranked opponent.

VOTES IN USA TODAY POLL: The Eagles received 49 votes in this week's USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Poll after defeating No. 25 Texas in the Reebok Classic.

REEBOK CLASSIC: Boston College and Arkansas were the two winners in the annual Reebok Classic held at the FleetCenter in Boston on November 23. The Eagles have participated in the Classic all three years, but the 82-68 win over Texas was the first victory for Boston College at the event. Arkansas defeated No.11 Iowa, 83-57, in the opening game of the Reebok Classic.

In last year's Classic, Boston College lost to Connecticut, 76-38, and Vanderbilt defeated Louisville, 63-60. The crowd of 9,337 attending the two games was the largest ever to watch a women's basketball game in Massachusetts. Last year's attendance figure broke the record set in the inaugural Reebok Classic, when 8,307 fans attended the two games. The first year of the Reebok Classic, Vanderbilt defeated UCLA, 70-64, and Ohio State defeated Boston College, 62-40. That event was the first collegiate event in the FleetCenter.

LAST GAME: The Eagles improved to 2-0 with an 82-68 victory over No. 25 Texas in game two of the Reebok Classic. Sophomore guard Cal Bouchard led Boston College with a career-high 32 points (9-17 FG, 2-6 3-pt., 12-14 FT). Alissa Murphy scored 17 points and junior center Allison Booth netted 15 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Freshman Jamie Cournoyer grabbed six rebounds in 12 minutes of play.

SEASON OPENER: Six players scored in double figures as the Eagles won their first regular season game, defeating Marist College, 104-60. Boston College led throughout the game and 12 of the 13 players scored in the contest. The Eagles led Marist, 43-27, at halftime and outscored the Red Foxes 61-33 in the second half for the victory. Junior center Whitney Steele led the Eagles with 20 points.

100 POINTS: When Boston College scored 104 points on November 20 in the victory over Marist, it marked only the third time in school history that the women's basketball team scored over 100 points in a single game. The other two times were during the 1990-91 season when the Eagles defeated New Hampshire, 104-76, on December 12, 1990, and St. John's, 101-75, on February 6, 1991.

EXPLOSIVE EAGLES: The 104-point performance in the season opener tied the most points ever by a Boston College women's basketball team in a single game. The only other time that the Eagles scored 104 points was on December 12, 1990 when Boston College defeated New Hampshire, 104-76.

BALANCED ATTACK: Six Boston College players scored in double figures in the 104-60 victory over Marist, and 12 of the 13 players on the roster scored in the game. Junior center Whitney Steele led Boston College with 20 points and sophomore guard Alissa Murphy added 12 points. Sophomore guard Cal Bouchard registered 11 points and dished out eight assists, and junior center Allison Booth netted 11 points. Junior forward Paula Bacso scored 10 points and pulled down 10 rebounds and senior guard Aimee McGuire netted 10 points.

CAREER HIGHS: A number of Boston College players have turned in career-high performances in the first two games of the season. Against Marist, Paula Bacso's 10 rebounds tied her previous career-high and Whitney Steele recorded five blocks which also tied her previous career-high performance. Cal Bouchard handed out a career-high eight assists in the home opener. In the victory over Texas, Bouchard scored a career-high 32 points and Alissa Murphy surpassed her previous top scoring performance with a career-high 17 points.

EAGLES ON CAREER CHARTS: Aimee McGuire and Cal Bouchard are both ranked among the top 10 on the Boston College career charts in three-point field goals made and three-point field goals attempted. McGuire is currently sixth (55) and Bouchard is eighth (44) in three-point field goals made. In career three-point field goals attempted, McGuire is sixth (158) and Bouchard is eighth (122).

(Through games of November 23, 1997)


Scoring Offense
1st- 93.0 ppg

Scoring Defense
9th- 64.0 ppg

Scoring Margin
1st- +29.0 (93 off.; 64.0 def)

Field Goal Percentage
1st- 53.7 (66-123)

3-Point FG Percentage
1st- 41.2 (7-17)

Free Throw Percentage
1st- 74.6 (47-63)

Assist/Turnover Ratio
1st- 1.19 (Asst. Avg. 15.5; TO Avg. 13.0)


T-1st- Cal Bouchard (21.5 ppg)
10th- Alissa Murphy (14.5 ppg)

Field Goal Pct.
2nd-Cal Bouchard - 59.1 (13-22)
T-4th-Whitney Steele - 52.4 (11-21)

7th- Paula Bacso (6.5 rpg)

6th- Cal Bouchard (4.5 apg)

T-10th- Cal Bouchard (2.0 per game)

Blocked Shots
1st- Whitney Steele (2.5 per game)

Free Throw Percentage
T-5th- Cal Bouchard- 87.5 (14-16)
T-5th- Allison Booth- 87.5 (7-8)
T-7th- Alissa Murphy- 83.3 (10-12)

3-Pt. FG Pct.
T-6th- Cal Bouchard- 37.5 (3-8)

3-Pt. FG Made
T-7th- Cal Bouchard- 1.5 (2-3)

Assist/Turnover Ratio
2nd- Aimee McGuire- 3.50 (Asst. Avg 3.5; TO Avg. 1.0)
6th- Cal Bouchard- 1.80 (Asst. Avg. 4.5; TO Avg. 2.5)

SEASON OPENERS: With the victory over Marist, Boston College is now 16-10 in season openers (home openers: 11-5 ; away openers: 5-3; neutral openers: 0-2).

EXHIBITION ACTION: Boston College opened the 1997-98 season with an exhibition game against Uralmash-Ural Mountains on November 13. The Eagles rallied from a 10-point deficit to register a 67-62 victory. Three Boston College players scored in double figures, led by junior center Whitney Steele's 14 points. Sophomore guard Cal Bouchard netted 13 points and led the team with nine rebounds, and junior forward Paula Bacso added 10 points for Boston College.

HEAD COACH CATHY INGLESE: Head coach Cathy Inglese is currently in her fifth season at the helm of the Boston College women's basketball program. Inglese arrived at Boston College in 1993 after serving as the head coach at the University of Vermont for seven seasons. In five seasons she has registered a record of 49-62, and has a career record of 169-136. During her stint at Vermont, she became the winningest college basketball coach in the nation over the 1991-92 and 1992-93 seasons. Inglese's teams were undefeated in regular-season play in both 1991-92 (29-0) and 1992-93 (28-0), and became the only Division I men's or women's team to have back-to-back perfect records. She earned District I Coach of the Year and North Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year honors in 1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93, and was a National Coach of the Year finalist all three years. A 1980 magna cum laude graduate of Southern Connecticut State College, Inglese was inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame.

Inglese's Record
Boston College Record (5 Years)              49-62
Career Record (12 Years)                    169-136
BIG EAST Regular Season Record (4 Years)     32-40
BIG EAST Tournament Record (4 Years)          1-4
BIG EAST Overall Record (4 Years)            33-44
NCAA Record (2 appearances)                   0-2

THIRD IN BIG EAST POLL: The Boston College women's basketball team was selected to finish third in the BIG EAST 6 division in a preseason poll of the league's head coaches. The University of Connecticut and Rutgers University were selected to win their respective divisions. In the BIG EAST 6, Notre Dame was predicted to finish second, followed by the Eagles. The University of West Virginia, Villanova University, and St. John's University rounded out the division in the preseason poll.

1997-98 BIG EAST Coaches' Preseason Poll
    BE 7            BE 6
    1.  Rutgers     1.  Connecticut
    2.  Georgetown  2.  Notre Dame
    3.  Miami       3. Boston College
    4.  Providence  4.  West Virginia
    5.  Seton Hall  5.  Villanova
    6.  Syracuse    6.  St. John's
    7.  Pittsburgh 

PRE-SEASON HONORS: Cal Bouchard was named to the preseason All-BIG EAST Second Team by a vote of the league's head coaches. A unanimous selection to the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team a year ago, the native of Aurora, Ontario, earned league Rookie of the Week honors three times during the 1996-97 season.

The sophomore guard led the Eagles in scoring in eight games and was second on the team with an average of 12 points per game.

1997-98 Preseason All-BIG EAST First Team
Name            Cl. Pos.    Ht. Team    
Octavia Blue    Sr. F       6-1 Miami   
Kerri Chatten   Sr. F       6-1 Providence  
Talisha Hargis  Sr. G       5-8 West Virginia
Kym Hope        Jr. F/C     6-2 Miami   
Nykesha Sales   Sr. G/F     6-0 Connecticut 
1997-98 Preseason All-BIG EAST Second Team
Name                Cl. Pos.    Ht.     Team        
Cal Bouchard        So. G       5-7     BC
Usha Gilmore        So. G/F     6-0     Rutgers 
Paige Sauer         So. C/F     6-5     Connecticut 
Maria Tchobanova    Jr. F       6-1     West Virginia
Rita Williams       Sr. G       5-7     Connecticut 
Tomora Young        Jr. G       5-10    Rutgers 

EAGLE EXPERIENCE: The Eagles return four starters (Cal Bouchard, Aimee McGuire, Alissa Murphy, and Whitney Steele) from last year's team that finished one victory short of tying the best record in school history. Boston College registered an 18-10 overall record and a 13-5 mark in the BIG EAST Conference. The Eagles finished third in the BIG EAST 6, behind NCAA Tournament participants Connecticut and Notre Dame.

NEWCOMERS: The addition of five newcomers to the Boston College women's basketball roster will provide the Eagles with more depth and versatility. Freshman guard Danielle O'Banion, freshman center Jamie Cournoyer, and junior college transfer Shawna Rainer comprise the 1997-98 recruiting class. Sophomore center Aisha Bain and freshman guard Jill Migliero joined the team this fall. Bain was a member of the volleyball and track teams at Boston College last year.

EAGLE CAPTAIN: Senior Aimee McGuire will serve as the captain for the Boston College women's basketball team during the 1997-98 campaign. McGuire was a co-captain with Holly Porter last season.

NEW FACES: Head coach Cathy Inglese has three new assistant coaches for the 1997-98 season, Pam Borton, Kelly Cole, and Bill Gould. Borton joined the Boston College women's basketball staff after serving as the head coach at the University of Vermont for four years. She led the Catamounts to a 69-46 record and a North Atlantic Conference Championship. Cole comes to Boston College from Northwestern University, where she served as an assistant coach for two seasons. Gould was an assistant coach at Stonehill College for three years before becoming a member of Inglese's staff.

MIGLIERO JOINS EAGLES: Freshman guard Jill Migliero joined the women's basketball team this fall. The native of Lynnfield, Massachusetts, was a four-year letterwinner on the basketball team at Lynnfield High School. Migliero was an all-league selection and became the second girl in Lynnfield history to score 1,000 points. As a senior, she served as captain and averaged 23 points per game. Migliero was also an all-league selection in soccer and tennis.

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCES: Cal Bouchard and Aimee McGuire gained international playing experience this past summer. Bouchard competed internationally as a member of the Canadian National Team. McGuire represented Boston College on the 1997 BIG EAST/Nike All-Star Team that toured Denmark and Sweden (June 1-11).

HALL OF FAME HONORS: Head coach Cathy Inglese was inducted into two Hall of Fames this past fall. In September, she was inducted into the Sheehan High School Hall of Fame. Inglese had been honored in the past for her outstanding high school career in Wallingford, CT. In April of 1996, she was inducted into the Connecticut Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. Inglese's second honor was an induction into the Tap-Off Club of Greater New Haven Hall of Fame in October.

Women's Basketball Schedule/Results
(2-0, 0-0 BIG EAST)

20  MARIST          W- 104-60
23  #25 TEXAS!      W- 82-68
28  at Comfort Inn Downtown Classic 
    (at Atlanta, GA)    
    Georgia Tech vs. Charleston Southern    2:00 p.m.
    BC vs. Towson   4:00 p.m.
29  at Comfort Inn Downtown Classic 2/4:00 p.m.
2   at Georgetown*  8:00 p.m.
6   WEST VIRGINIA*  1:00 p.m.
9   HOLY CROSS  7:00 p.m.
11  HARTFORD    7:00 p.m.
21  Nor'Easter Storm (Exhibition)   2:00 p.m.
28  at Hawk Classic 
    (at Philadelphia, PA)           
    St. Joseph's vs. Yale   5:05 p.m.
    BC vs. Alabama  7:05 p.m.
29  at Hawk Classic
    Consolation/Championship   5:05/7:05 p.m.
31  at St. John's*  2:00 p.m.
3   at Villanova*   2:00 p.m.
8   PROVIDENCE* 7:00 p.m.
10  at Miami*   7:00 p.m.
14  RUTGERS*    7:00 p.m.
17  NOTRE DAME* (BIG EAST TV)   6:00 p.m.
21  PITTSBURGH* 7:00 p.m.
25  at Connecticut* 2:00 p.m.
28  at Syracuse*    7:00 p.m.
31  VILLANOVA*  1:00 p.m.
4   at Providence*  7:00 p.m.
7   GEORGETOWN* 1:00 p.m.
11  SETON HALL* 7:00 p.m.
18  at West Virginia*   7:00 p.m.
21  at Rutgers* (BIG EAST TV)   2:00 p.m.
24  ST. JOHN'S* 7:00 p.m.
28-Mar. 3   BIG EAST Tournament  (at Piscataway, NJ)
Home Games In Bold
!Reebok Classic (at FleetCenter, Boston, MA)

Boston College Career Records

3-PT Field Goals Made
1.  133 Ann Odoy (1984-88)
2.  103 Sarah Behn (1989-93)
3.  100 Kerry Curran (1990-94)
4.  99  Joanie Gallagher (1991-95)
5.  76  Mandy West (1995-97)
6.  55  Aimee McGuire (1994-)
7.  50  Amy LaComb (1986-90)
8.  44  Cal Bouchard (1996-)
3-PT Field Goals Attempted
1.  342 Ann Odoy (1984-88)
2.  321 Joanie Gallagher (1991-95)
3.  248 Sarah Behn (1989-93)
4.  226 Mandy West (1995-97)
5.  186 Kerry Curran (1990-94)
6.  158 Aimee McGuire (1994-)
7.  138 Amy LaComb (1986-90)
8.  122 Cal Bouchard (1996-)

Returning In 1997-98:

7 Letterwinners (4 Frontcourt, 3 Backcourt) 
4 Starters (Cal Bouchard, Aimee McGuire, Alissa Murphy, Whitney Steele)
1,155 of the 1,824 total points scored (63.3 %)
401 of the 624 total field goals made (64.3 %)
79 of the 114 three-point field goals made (69.3 %)
274 of the 462 free throws made (59.3 %)
732 of the 1,001 total rebounds (73.1 %)
289 of the 367 total assists (78.7 %)
53 of the 58 total blocks (91.4 %)
117 of the 179 total steals (65.4 %)
4024 of the 5600 total minutes played (71.9 %)


    00  Aisha BAIN
    4   Danielle O'BANION
    5   Cal BOUCHARD
    12  Alissa MURPHY
    15  Jill MIGLIERO
    20  Jamie COURNOYER
    22  Tish FEW
    23  Kim BEEZER
    24  Aimee MCGUIRE
    32  Whitney STEELE
    33  Allison BOOTH
    35  Shawna RAINER
    44  Paula BACSO


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Boston College Women's Basketball

    Press Release   1130
    Notes           1132
    Statistics      1133
    Box Scores      1134
Location:   Chestnut Hill, MA
Founded:    1863
Enrollment: 8,957
President:  Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J.
Athletic Director:  Gene DeFilippo
Nickname:   Eagles
Colors: Maroon and Gold
Arena (Capacity):   Silvio O. Conte Forum (8,606)
Conference: BIG EAST


Beezer, Bacso, Steele, Bouchard, McGuire 2-0


Leading at the half: 2-0
Trailing at the half: 0-0
Tied at the half: 0-0
BC outrebounds opponent: 1-0
Opponent outrebounds BC: 1-0
BC FG% is 50.0 or higher: 1-0
BC FG% is below 50.0: 1-0
BC has more FT attempts than opponent: 2-0
BC has fewer FT attempts than opponent: 0-0
BC scores more than 80 points: 2-0
BC scores 70-79 points: 0-0
BC scores 60-69 points: 0-0
BC scores fewer than 60 points: 0-0
BC allows more than 80 points: 0-0
BC allows 70-79 points: 0-0
BC allows 60-69 points: 2-0
BC allows fewer than 60 points: 0-0


Overall: 2-0
Home Games: 1-0
Road Games: 0-0
Neutral Games: 1-0
Tournament Games: 0-0
BIG EAST Games: 0-0
BIG EAST Home Games: 0-0
BIG EAST Road Games: 0-0
BIG EAST Neutral Games: 0-0
Non BIG EAST Games: 2-0
Non BIG EAST Home Games: 1-0
Non BIG EAST Away Games: 0-0
Non BIG EAST Neutral Games: 1-0
Day Games: 1-0
Night Games: 1-0
November Games: 2-0
Overtime Games: 0-0
Television Games: 0-0
vs. Ranked Teams: 1-0

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