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Dec. 1, 1997

Boston College (3-1) vs. Georgetown University (3-2) Game Notes

DATE:  Tuesday, December 2, 1997
GAME TIME: 8:00 p.m.
SITE: Washington, D.C.
ARENA (Capacity): McDonough Arena (2,400)
SERIES RECORD: Boston College leads, 16-14 (BC in Series: Home: 9-6; Away 7-7; Neutral 0-1)
Eagles vs. Hoyas

Boston College and Georgetown have played 30 times, and the Eagles lead the series 16-14. Georgetown has won five of the last seven games in the series, but Boston College defeated the Hoyas in the only meeting last season. On January 12, 1997 the Eagles defeated the Hoyas, 69-60, in Washington, DC.

Last Meeting

Four Boston College players scored in double figures as the Eagles won at Georgetown, 69-60, on January 12, 1997. Guard Cal Bouchard led the Eagles with 22 points (4-10 FG, 2-5 3-pt.,12-14 FT). Senior forward Holly Porter netted 15 points and pulled down seven rebounds, and center Whitney Steele scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds. Guard Alissa Murphy recorded the first double-double of her career with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Georgetown was led by Ebiho Ahonkhai's 13 points and nine rebounds. The Eagles trailed the Hoyas, 25-21, at halftime, but outscored Georgetown, 48-35, in the second half to register the win.

Coaches

Cathy Inglese (Southern Connecticut '80), currently in her fifth season at Boston College, has a record of 50-63 with the Eagles. Inglese's overall coaching record is 170-137 in 12 years. She is assisted by Pam Borton, Kelly Cole, and Bill Gould. Patrick Knapp (Widener '75), currently in his 12th season as the head coach at Georgetown University, has a 147-160 record with the Hoyas. He is assisted by Gail Beatty Davis, Niki Reid, and Jimmy Howard. Last season, Knapp led Georgetown to the BIG EAST 7 Division title.

Probable Boston College Starters
F   #23 Kim Beezer  (5-8, Sr., 7.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg)
F   #44 Paula Bacso (6-1, Jr., 6.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg)
C   #32 Whitney Steele (6-4, Jr., 17.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg)
G   #5  Cal Bouchard (5-7, So., 20.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg)
G   #24 Aimee McGuire (5-8, Sr., 4.5 ppg, 1.8 rpg)
Comfort Inn Downtown Classic

Four players scored in double figures as Boston College defeated Towson University, 82-53, in the opening game of the Comfort Inn Downtown Classic in Atlanta, Georgia. The Eagles shot 56.9 percent from the field and outrebounded the Tigers, 39-27. Boston College jumped out to a 27-15 lead and extended the advantage to 43-31 at halftime.

The Eagles outscored Towson, 39-22, in the second half for the win. Whitney Steele led all scorers with 24 points, connecting on 11 of 16 attempts from the field. Kim Beezer netted a season-high 16 points (8-11 FG), and added four rebounds and six assists. Freshman Jamie Cournoyer netted 12 points and pulled down six rebounds in 17 minutes of play. Cal Bouchard added 11 points in the win, and junior center Allison Booth grabbed nine rebounds.

In the championship game against host Georgia Tech, the Yellow Jackets rallied from a 21-point deficit to defeat Boston College, 81-79. Georgia Tech's Shelli Novotny scored the winning basket with 1.3 seconds remaining in the game. Bouchard led all scorers with 27 points and handed out seven assists. Steele netted 20 points and pulled down six rebounds and Murphy added 17 points for the Eagles. Boston College led Georgia Tech, 44-36, at halftime, but the Yellow Jackets went on a 20-6 run and tied the game at 64-64 with 7:33 remaining. The Eagles led 74-69 with 3:28 left in the game, but Georgia Tech's Carla Munnion scored five points and gave the Yellow Jackets a 75-74 lead with 2:44 remaining. With the score tied at 79-79, Novotny scored the winning basket with 1.3 seconds remaining.

All-Tournament Honors

Cal Bouchard and Whitney Steele were both named to the Comfort Inn Downtown Classic All-Tournament team. Bouchard scored 27 points and handed out seven assists in the loss to Georgia Tech in the championship game. The sophomore guard registered 11 points in the win over Towson. Steele led the Eagles in scoring against Towson with 24 points, connecting on 11 of 16 attempts from the field. The junior center scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds in the 81-79 loss to Georgia Tech.

Scoring

Three players are averaging double figures in scoring after four games. Sophomore guard Cal Bouchard leads the Eagles with 20.3 points per game. Junior center Whitney Steele is averaging 17.0 points and sophomore guard Alissa Murphy is averaging 12.8 points in four games. The team is averaging 86.8 points per game.

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 over Marist and Texas. 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 the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Poll on November 24, 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.

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.

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 (57) and Bouchard is eighth (48) in three-point field goals made. In career three-point field goals attempted, McGuire is sixth (163) and Bouchard is eighth (130).

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 four 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. Murphy also scored 17 points against Georgia Tech in the Comfort Inn Downtown Classic on November 29. Freshman Jamie Cournoyer scored a career-high 12 points in the win over Towson on November 28.
Eagles In The Big East Statistics (Through games of November 23, 1997)
TEAM
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)
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.

Eagles In The Big East Statistics (Through games of November 23, 1997)
INDIVIDUAL
Scoring 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)
Rebounding 7th- Paula Bacso (6.5 rpg)
Assists 6th- Cal Bouchard (4.5 apg)
Steals 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)

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 50-63, and has a career record of 170-137. 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) 
150-63 Career Record (12 Years) 
170-137 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)   

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.

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  Boston College 
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.

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.

NOVEMBER
20  MARIST          W- 104-60 
23  #25 TEXAS!      W-  82-68 
28  $Towson         W-  82-53 
29  $Georgia Tech   L-  79-81
DECEMBER
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.
JANUARY
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.
FEBRUARY
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
*BIG EAST Games
!Reebok Classic (at FleetCenter, Boston, MA) 
$Comfort Inn Downtown Classic (Atlanta, GA)

INDIVIDUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Led Team In Scoring Cal Bouchard (2 games) Whitney Steele (2 games)

Led Team In Rebounding Paula Bacso (2, 1 tie for the lead) Allison Booth (2 games) Whitney Steele (1 tie for the lead)

Led Team In Assists Kim Beezer (1 game) Cal Bouchard (3, 1 tie for the lead) Alissa Murphy (1 tie for the lead)

30+ Game Cal Bouchard (1 game)

20+ Games Cal Bouchard (1 game) Whitney Steele (2 games)

Eagles Record When...
Leading at the half:               3-1 
Trailing at the half:                   0-0 
Tied at the half:                       0-0 
BC outrebounds opponent:                2-0 
Opponent outrebounds BC:                1-1 
BC FG% is 50.0 or higher:               2-1 
BC FG% is below 50.0:                   1-0 
BC has more FT attempts than opponent:  2-1 
BC has fewer FT attempts than opponent: 1-0 
BC scores more than 80 points:          3-0 
BC scores 70-79 points:                 0-1 
BC scores 60-69 points:                 0-0 
BC scores fewer than 60 points:         0-0 
BC allows more than 80 points:          0-1 
BC allows 70-79 points:                 0-0 
BC allows 60-69 points:                 2-0 
BC allows fewer than 60 points:         1-0
Eagles By The Numbers...

Overall:    3-1 
Home Games: 1-0 
Road Games: 0-1 
Neutral Games:  2-0
Tournament Games:   1-1 
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: 3-1
Non BIG EAST Home Games:    1-0 
Non BIG EAST Away Games:    0-1 
Non BIG EAST Neutral Games: 2-0 
Day Games:  2-1 
Night Games:    1-0 
November Games: 3-1 
December Games: 0-0 
Overtime Games: 0-0 
Television Games:   0-0 
vs. Ranked Teams:   1-0

Eagle Updates

Paula Bacso (Jr., F, 6-1, Farmingdale, NY, Farmingdale HS) Leads the team in rebounding with an average of 5.5 per game...Has started all four games for the Eagles and is averaging 22 minutes...Averaging 6.5 points per game...Led the team in rebounding in two games.

Aisha Bain (So., C/F, 6-2, Trumbull, CT, Trumbull HS) Has played in two games for the Eagles this season...Scored one point in two minutes against Marist on November 20... Also played two minutes against Towson on November 28.

Kim Beezer (Sr., G, 5-8, River Vale, NJ, Pascack Valley HS) Averaging 7.0 points and 3.3 rebounds...Has started all four games and is averaging 21 minutes per game...Scored a season-high 16 points, connecting on eight-of-11 field goal attempts, against Towson on November 28...Also registered six assists in the win over Towson.

Allison Booth (Jr., C, 6-4, Kennebunk, ME, Kennebunk HS) Second on the team in rebounding with an average of 5.0 per game...Averaging 8.0 points and 5.0 rebounds...Has played in all four games, averaging 18.5 minutes...The teams' top rebounder in two games...Pulled down nine rebounds in the win over Towson on November 28.

Cal Bouchard (So., G, 5-7, Aurora, Ontario, Aurora HS) Leads the team in scoring with an average of 20.3 points per game...Averaging 4.5 assists per game...Has started all four games and is averaging 33 minutes per game...Leads the team in three-point field goal percentage (43.8), connecting on 7 of 16 attempts...Named BIG EAST Co-Player of the Week on November 24...Earned All-Tournament honors at the Comfort Inn Downtown Classic...A Pre-Season All-BIG EAST Second-Team selection...Scored a career-high 32 points in the victory over Texas on November 23...Led the team in scoring in two games.

Jamie Cournoyer (Fr., C, 6-3, North Attleboro, MA, N. Attleboro HS) Tied for third in rebounding with an average of 4.3 per game...Averaging 5.5 points per game...Has played in all four games and is averaging 11.5 minutes...Scored 12 points against Towson on November 28...Registered six rebounds in games against Texas on November 23 and against Towson on November 28.

Latisha Few (So., F, 5-10, Stafford, VA, North Stafford HS) Has played in two games, averaging 6.5 minutes...Averaging 2.5 points and 1.5 rebounds...Scored 12 points (6-9 FG) and pulled down six rebounds in 17 minutes in the win over Towson on November 28.

Aimee Mcguire (Sr., G, 5-8, Ridgewood, NJ, Ridgewood HS) The team captain...Averaging 4.5 points and 1.8 rebounds... Has started all four games and is averaging 27.5 minutes... Averaging 3.3 assists per game...Has connected on 40 percent (4-10) of her three-point field goal attempts.

Jill Migliero (Fr., G, 5-6, Lynnfield, MA, Lynnfield HS) Joined the team this fall as a walk-on...Has played in two games...Appeared in games against Marist and Towson...A four-year letterwinner on the basketball team at Lynnfield High School...An all-league selection...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... An all-league selection in soccer and tennis.

Alissa Murphy (So., G, 5-10, San Diego, CA, Scripps Ranch HS) Third on the team in scoring with an average of 12.8 points per game...Leads the team in field goal percentage (61.5), connecting on 16 of 26 attempts from the field...Averaging 26 minutes of play in four games...Scored 17 points in games against Texas on November 23 and Georgia Tech on November 29.

Danielle O'Banion (Fr., G, 5-7, Arlington, VA, Episcopal HS) Has played in two games, averaging 7.0 minutes...Averaging 1.5 points and 1.0 rebounds...Played in games against Marist on November 20 and Towson on November 28.

Shawna Rainer (Jr., F, 6-0, Spokane, WA, North Idaho College) Has played in two games, averaging 9.0 minutes...Averaging 6.0 points and 3.5 rebounds...Scored five points and pulled down five rebounds in seven minutes against Marist...Played 12 minutes and registered seven points and two rebounds against Towson.

Whitney Steele (Jr., C, 6-4, Harrington Park, NJ, Northern Valley-Old Tappan HS) Second on the team in scoring with an average of 17.0 points per game...Tied for third in rebounding with 4.3 per game...Has started all four games and is averaging 26.8 minutes...Recorded five blocks against Marist on November 20...Led the team in scoring in two games, including a 24-point performance in the victory over Towson on November 28...Named to the All-Tournament team at the Comfort Inn Downtown Classic.

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