Dec. 11, 1997
Boston College Hosts HartfordBoston College (5-2, 2-0 Big East) vs. Hartford (1-3, 1-0 America East)
SERIES RECORD: Boston College leads, 5-0
Home: 3-0 Away: 2-0 Neutral: 0-0
December 14, 1985 at Chestnut Hill, MA W-80-40 December 9, 1986 at West Hartford, CT W-71-48 December 8, 1987 at Chestnut Hill, MA W-77-51 January 3, 1990 at Chestnut Hill, MA W-99-47 January 5, 1991 at West Hartford, CT W-70-55
HARTFORD CAPSULE: The Hawks enter tonight's game with a 1-3 overall record and a 1-0 mark in the AMERICA EAST Conference. Hartford opened the season with losses to Yale (54-47), Massachusetts (64-33), and Dartmouth (62-57), but defeated New Hampshire (68-67) in a conference game. Junior Tracy Stolle leads Hartford in scoring with 10.0 points per game. Senior forward Eryn Ivnik is the Hawks' leading rebounder with 8.8 per game. Hartford has 10 letterwinners returning, including three starters, from a team that registered a 15-12 overall record and a 12-6 mark in the AMERICA EAST Conference.
AMERICA EAST CONNECTIONS: Boston College has a number of connections with the schools in the AMERICA EAST Conference. Assistant coach Pam Borton joined the Eagles' staff this season after serving as the head coach at the University of Vermont for four years. She led the Catamounts to a 69-46 record and one conference championship. Borton replaced Sue Johnson on the Boston College staff, who accepted a position as the head coach at the University of New Hampshire. Borton was replaced as head coach at Vermont by Keith Cieplicki, who served as an assistant coach at Boston College for two seasons.
PROBABLE BOSTON COLLEGE STARTERS
EAGLES OFF THE BENCH
COACHES: Cathy Inglese (Southern Connecticut '80), currently in her fifth season at Boston College, has a record of 52-64 with the Eagles. Inglese's overall coaching record is 172-138 in 12 years. She is assisted by Pam Borton, Kelly Cole, and Bill Gould. Allison Jones (St. John's '81) is currently in her sixth season as the head coach at Hartford. She is assisted by Christine Michalopoulos and Sue Cahill. Jones has led the Hawks to a 57-80 mark in five seasons.
Boston College vs. Hartford
Boston College Hartford Points Per Game 78.4 51.3 Opponents Points Per Game 63.9 61.8 Field Goals 48.0 (208-433) 34.8 (72-207) Opponents Field Goals 39.2 (161-411) 40.6 (93-229) Free Throws 73.0 (111-152) 63.4 (52-82) Opponents Free Throws 64.8 (103-159) 65.4 (53-81) 3-Pt. Field Goals 36.1 (22-61) 28.1 (9-32) Opp. 3-Pt. Field Goals 25.6 (22-86) 22.9 (8-35) Rebounds 40.6 38.8 Opponents Rebounds 35.1 39.5 Assists 15.6 10.0 Opponents Assists 8.7 12.0 Turnovers 14.7 19.3 Opponents Turnovers 17.1 15.5 Blocks 2.7 2.3 Opponents Blocks 1.1 1.8 Steals 5.9 19.3 Opponents Steals 8.1 15.5
LAST GAME: Boston College dropped to 5-2 overall with an 80-68 loss to Holy Cross in Conte Forum on December 9. Junior Amy O'Brien led the Crusaders with 23 points and 15 rebounds, as four players scored in double figures for Holy Cross. The loss was the first for the Eagles at home this season, and it marked the second consecutive victory for the Crusaders in the series. Holy Cross jumped out early, and built leads of 11-4, 13-8, and 22-17, but Boston College rallied to take a 30-29 lead after a Cal Bouchard jumper and two free throws by Alissa Murphy. Junior center Whitney Steele scored 14 points (7-10 FG) in the first half. O'Brien's jumper with 1:28 left in the first half gave Holy Cross a 36-35 lead at halftime.
The Crusaders opened the second half with a 9-3 run, but Boston College battled back to tie the score at 45-45 on a Paula Bacso layup with 14:27 remaining in the game. Holy Cross went on an 18-8 run and the Eagles were unable to close the gap. The Crusaders connected on 14 free throws in the final three minutes of the game to add to their lead and secure the victory. Steele led Boston College with 25 points and nine rebounds and Murphy added 15 points and seven rebounds.
STEELE VS. HOLY CROSS: Whitney Steele's top two career scoring performances have both been against Holy Cross. A year ago, the junior center netted a career-high 25 points in the loss to the Crusaders. Steele equaled that career-high scoring performance with 25 points (12-18 FG, 1-2 FT) in the 80-68 loss to Holy Cross on December 9.
MISC. HOLY CROSS NOTES: Holy Cross led the Eagles, 36-35, at halftime, marking the first time all season that Boston College trailed an opponent after the first half...Cal Bouchard's streak of six games scoring in double figures ended as the sophomore guard only netted eight points...Whitney Steele recorded four blocks...The Eagles shot 88.9 percent (8-9) from the line, marking the team's highest free throw percentage in a game this season...The field goals attempted (68) and three-point field goals attempted (16) marked the most in a single game this season for the Eagles.
UNDEFEATED IN BIG EAST: Boston College is currently 2-0 in BIG EAST Conference play, after defeating Georgetown (70-60) and West Virginia (64-45), but will not play another league opponent until December 31. The Eagles will play four non-conference games, before traveling to St. John's on December 31.
TIED BEST START: The Eagles' 5-1 record in the first six games was tied for the best start in school history. Boston College had started the season with a 5-1 record three other times (1995-96, 1984-85, and 1975-76). The last time that the Eagles opened with a 5-1 record was the 1995-96 season, but the team finished with a 10-17 overall record. A loss to Holy Cross on December 9 ended the Eagles' bid to register the best start in school history.
EAGLES IN THE POLLS: Boston College received eight votes in the Associated Press poll and three votes in the USA Today/ESPN poll this week (December 8th). The Eagles have never been ranked in the Top 25, but have received votes in the polls the last three weeks.
VS. RANKED OPPONENTS: This season the Eagles are 1-0 against teams ranked in the Top 25. On November 23, the Eagles defeated No. 25 Texas, 82-68, at the Reebok Classic. The win marked only the second time in Boston College history that the Eagles had defeated a ranked team. On January 4, 1995, the Eagles defeated No. 20 Seton Hall, 53-49.
SCORING: The Eagles are averaging 78.4 points per game, and three players are averaging double figures in scoring for Boston College. Boston College opponents are only averaging 63.9 points per game. Junior center Whitney Steele leads the team in scoring with 16.9 points per game. Sophomore guards Cal Bouchard (16.4 ppg) and Alissa Murphy (10.9 ppg) are also averaging double figures in scoring.
IN THE PAINT: Juniors Paula Bacso and Whitney Steele have been a tough frontcourt combination for opponents this season. In the victory at Georgetown, the duo combined for 32 of the Eagles' 70 points, including 10 in the final six minutes of the game. Bacso scored a career-high 18 points and a pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds against the Hoyas, and Steele added 14 points and eight rebounds.
CHARITY STRIPE: Boston College is currently shooting 73 percent from the line, connecting on 111-of-152 free throw attempts. In the win over Georgetown, the Eagles shot 87 percent (20-23) from the line. Cal Bouchard leads the team in free throw percentage (84.2), connecting on 32-of-38 attempts from the line.
SPECIAL GUEST: The Eagles had a special guest attend the game at Georgetown on December 2. Senator Ted Kennedy attended the game at McDonough Arena as the Boston College women's basketball team's guest and addressed the Eagles in the locker room following the victory.
BACSO'S DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Junior Paula Bacso turned in the top performance of her collegiate career at Georgetown on December 2, recording a double-double. The junior forward scored a career-high 18 points and pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds in the Boston College victory.
KIM BEEZER: Senior Kim Beezer has played a key role for the Eagles this season, providing a spark with her intense style of play. A starter in all seven games, Beezer is averaging 7.1 points per game. The senior guard netted a season-high 16 points (8-11 FG) and added four rebounds and six assists in the victory over Towson on November 28. Although she is only 5-8, Beezer is third on the team in rebounds with an average of 5.0 per game. In the Eagles' last three games (Georgetown, West Virginia, and Holy Cross), she has averaged 7.3 rebounds per game.
WHITNEY STEELE: Junior Whitney Steele has developed into a major force at center for the Eagles this season. The 6-4 center has led the team in scoring in three games, and is the top scorer with an average of 16.9 points per game. Steele has scored in double figures six times this season. She is listed among the top 10 in a number of BIG EAST statistical categories, including scoring (8th- 15.5 ppg), field goal percentage (10th- 50.0), and blocked shots (5th- 1.2 per game).
OFF THE BENCH: Three players off the bench have played major roles in the Eagles success this season. Alissa Murphy started 27 games as a freshman a year ago, but has already enjoyed a more productive season this year, coming off the bench. The sophomore guard is currently third on the team in scoring with an average of 10.9 points per game. Murphy has netted a career-high 17 points against Texas and Georgia Tech.
Freshman Jamie Cournoyer has played in all seven games and is averaging 3.7 points and 3.6 rebounds. The 6-3 center netted 12 points and grabbed six rebounds in 17 minutes of play against Towson on November 28. Junior Allison Booth's return from knee surgery last spring has been impressive, and she is averaging 6.6 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. The 6-4 center is averaging 16.3 minutes per game.
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, on November 28. 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 on November 29, 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.
BIG EAST CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Cal Bouchard was named BIG EAST Conference Co-Player of the Week on November 24, 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.
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.
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 (58) and Bouchard is tied for seventh (50) in three-point field goals made. In career three-point field goals attempted, McGuire is sixth (166) and Bouchard is seventh (141).
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.
SEASON OPENERS: With the victory over Marist on November 20, Boston College is now 16-10 in season openers (home openers: 11-5 ; away openers: 5-3; neutral openers: 0-2).
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 52-64, and has a career record of 172-138. 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) 52-64 Career Record (12 Years) 172-138 BIG EAST Regular Season Record (4 Years) 34-40 BIG EAST Tournament Record (4 Years) 1-4 BIG EAST Overall Record (4 Years) 35-44 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 Connecticut1997-98 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.
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).
BIG EAST Conference Standings
BIG EAST OVERALL BE 6 W-L Pct. H A N W-L Pct. H A N Connecticut 2-0 1.000 1-0 1-0 0-0 8-0 1.000 7-0 1-0 0-0 Boston College 2-0 1.000 1-0 1-0 0-0 5-2 .714 2-1 1-1 2-0 Villanova 1-1 .500 0-0 1-1 0-0 3-2 .600 0-0 1-1 2-1 St. John's 1-1 .500 0-0 1-1 0-0 2-5 .286 1-2 1-1 0-2 West Virginia 0-1 .000 0-0 0-1 0-0 2-3 .400 1-0 1-3 0-0 Notre Dame 0-2 .000 0-1 0-1 0-0 3-3 .500 1-1 2-2 0-0 BIG EAST OVERALL BE 7 W-L Pct. H A N W-L Pct. H A N Syracuse 2-0 1.000 2-0 0-0 0-0 5-0 1.000 2-0 1-0 2-0 Rutgers 1-0 1.000 1-0 0-0 0-0 4-1 .800 4-1 0-0 0-0 Miami 1-0 1.000 1-0 0-0 0-0 4-1 .800 2-0 1-1 1-0 Georgetown 0-1 .000 0-1 0-0 0-0 3-4 .429 3-3 0-1 0-0 Providence 0-1 .000 0-0 0-1 0-0 3-4 .429 0-1 1-2 2-1 Seton Hall 0-1 .000 0-1 0-0 0-0 1-3 .250 0-1 0-1 1-1 Pittsburgh 0-2 .000 0-1 0-1 0-0 2-4 .333 2-3 0-1 0-0