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Dec. 27, 1997

Corestates Hawkeye Classic Preview

CORESTATES HAWK CLASSIC
at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
(St. Joseph's, Host)
THE PAIRINGS Sunday, December 28, 1997
Game #1: St. Joseph's vs. Yale (5:05 p.m.)
Game #2: Boston College vs. Alabama (7:05 p.m.)
Monday, December 29, 1997 Consolation Game: (5:05 p.m.)
Championship Game: (7:05 p.m.)

SERIES vs. ALABAMA: (Alabama leads, 1-0) In the only game in the series between Boston College and Alabama, the Crimson Tide defeated the Eagles, 78-69, on December 6, 1985, in the Northwestern Tournament in Evanston, Illinois.

SERIES vs. ST. JOSEPH'S: First Meeting

SERIES vs. YALE: First Meeting

RECORDS: Boston College enters the first round game of the Hawk Classic with a 6-2 overall record, and a 2-0 mark in the BIG EAST Conference. The Eagles opened the season with three consecutive wins, including an 82-68 victory over No. 25 Texas in the Reebok Classic. Boston College's two losses were to Georgia Tech (81-79) in the championship game of the Comfort Inn Downtown Classic on November 29 and Holy Cross (80-68) on December 9. Alabama enters the tournament with a 6-4 overall record and a 0-1 mark in the Southeastern Conference. The Crimson Tide lost their one league game to No. 15 Florida, 70-62, on December 21. St. Joseph's brings a 5-4 record into the tournament. Yale enters the tournament with a 3-4 record after losing three of its last four games.

SCOUTING ALABAMA: The Crimson Tide enters the tournament with a 6-4 overall record, and a 0-1 mark in the Southeastern Conference. Alabama was ranked No. 23 prior to the loss to No. 15 Florida (70-62) on December 21. Three of Alabama's losses were in tournament action. The Crimson Tide lost to Nebraska (74-66) in the second round of the Preseason WNIT, Iowa State (61-58) in the second round of the Rainbow Wahine Basketball Classic, and Stephen F. Austin (89-87) in the L'eggs Classic at New Mexico State. Junior guard Dominique Canty leads Alabama in scoring and rebounding with an average of 23.3 points and 7.5 rebounds. Senior center Tausha Mills is averaging 11.9 points for the Crimson Tide.

SCOUTING ST. JOSEPH'S: The Hawks enter the tournament with a 5-4 overall record. St. Joseph's returns two starters from last year's team that won a school record 26 games, captured the school's first-ever Atlantic 10 championship, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Three players are averaging double figures in scoring, led by senior forward Maureen Costello's 17.3 points per game. Costello is also the leading rebounder with an average of 7.7 per game. St. Joseph's has played two teams from the BIG EAST Conference. The Hawks lost to Villanova (67-54), but defeated Rutgers (67-54).

SCOUTING YALE: Yale enters the tournament with a 3-4 overall record, after losing three of its last four games. The Bulldogs return all five starters from last year's team that finished with a 10-16 record. Boston College and Yale have both played the University of Hartford this season. The Bulldogs defeated the Hawks, 54-47, on November 18, and Boston College defeated Hartford, 73-47, on December 11. Junior center Katy Grubbs leads Yale in scoring with 13.6 points per game. Senior forward Harmonee Williams leads the Bulldogs with an average of 4.9 rebounds per game. Junior forward Autumn Braddock is averaging 10.3 points.

COACHES: Cathy Inglese (Southern Connecticut '80), currently in her fifth season at Boston College, has a record of 53-64 with the Eagles. Inglese's overall coaching record is 173-138 in 12 years. She is assisted by Pam Borton, Kelly Cole, and Bill Gould. Rick Moody (Troy State '76) is currently in his ninth season at Alabama. The Crimson Tide's most successful coach, he has led the team to the NCAA Sweet 16 the last three seasons and a trip to the Final Four in 1994. Moody has a career record of 174-71. Stephanie Gaitley (Villanova '82) is in her eighth year at the helm of the St. Joseph's program. She has led the Hawks to three 20-win seasons and three NCAA Tournament appearances, and has a record of 119-55. Cecilia DeMarco (Bridgewater State '73) is in her eighth season as the head coach at Yale. She is Yale's all-time winningest coach with an overall record of 83-99. DeMarco's career record is 219-185 in 16 seasons.

PROBABLE BOSTON COLLEGE STARTERS
F   #23 Kim Beezer  (5-8, Sr., 6.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg)
F   #44 Paula Bacso (6-1, Jr., 8.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg)
C   #32 Whitney Steele (6-4, Jr., 17.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg)
G   #5  Cal Bouchard (5-7, So., 14.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg)
G   #24 Aimee McGuire (5-8, Sr., 3.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg)
EAGLES OFF THE BENCH
G #12  Alissa Murphy (5-10, So., 11.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg) 
C  #33  Allison Booth (6-4, Jr., 6.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg)
C  #20  Jamie Cournoyer (6-3, Fr., 3.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg)

LAST GAME: Boston College played an exhibition game on December 21 at Conte Forum, and defeated the Nor'Easter Storm, 70-67. Four Eagles scored in double figures, led by Cal Bouchard's 22 points. The sophomore guard also grabbed seven rebounds, and connected on four-of-six three-point attempts. Junior center Whitney Steele recorded a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds, and added three blocks. Junior Allison Booth scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds, and senior guard Kim Beezer netted 11 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

HARTFORD VICTORY: The last regular season game for the Eagles was on December 11, when the team improved to 6-2 with a 73-47 victory over Hartford. Junior forward Whitney Steele scored 22 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead the Eagles. After a quick start by Hartford, the Eagles went on a 10-0 run and led the Hawks, 18-8, with 8:54 left to play in the first half. Boston College added to its lead as junior foward Paula Bacso scored seven points and Allison Booth netted six in the closing minutes to give the Eagles a 34-21 lead at halftime. Boston College went on a 19-9 run in the first 10 minutes of the second half and outscored the Hawks, 39-26, to secure the victory. Sophomore guard Alissa Murphy finished with 13 points and five rebounds for the Eagles and Bacso added nine points. Tracy Stolle led the Hawks with 13 points and six rebounds.

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.

TIED BEST START: The Eagles' 5-1 record in the first six games tied 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.

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 77.8 points per game, and three players are averaging double figures in scoring. Boston College opponents are averaging 61.8 points per game. Junior center Whitney Steele leads the team in scoring with 17.5 points per game. Sophomore guards Cal Bouchard (14.9 ppg) and Alissa Murphy (11.1 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. Steele is currently averaging 17.5 points and 6.1 rebounds, and Bacso is averaging 8.5 points and 6.1 rebounds. 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: The Eagles are first in the BIG EAST Conference in free throw percentage. Boston College is currently shooting 72.7 percent from the line, connecting on 133-of-183 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.

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 (167) and Bouchard is seventh (143).

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 53-64, and has a career record of 173-138. 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)             53-64
Career Record (12 Years)                    173-138
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

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 four games, and is the top scorer with an average of 17.5 points per game. Steele has scored in double figures seven times this season. She is listed among the top 10 in a number of BIG EAST statistical categories, including scoring (6th- 17.5 ppg), field goal percentage (5th- 50.0), and blocked shots (6th- 1.3 per game).

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 eight games, Beezer is averaging 6.6 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 4.9 per game. In the Eagles' last three games (West Virginia, Holy Cross, and Hartford), she has averaged 6.0 rebounds 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 11.1 points per game. Murphy has netted a career-high 17 points against Texas and Georgia Tech. Freshman Jamie Cournoyer has played in all eight games and is averaging 3.3 points and 3.1 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 6.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. The 6-4 center is averaging 16.4 minutes per game.

STEELE'S CAREER PERFORMANCE: 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.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Juniors Paula Bacso and Whitney Steele have each registered double-doubles this season. Bacso turned in the top performance of her collegiate career at Georgetown on December 2, scoring a career-high 18 points and pulling down a career-high 11 rebounds in the Boston College victory. Steele netted 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the win over Hartford on December 11.

MISCELLANEOUS: On December 9, Holy Cross led the Eagles, 36-35, at halftime, marking the only 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 in the loss to Holy Cross...The Eagles shot 88.9 percent (8-9) from the line against Holy Cross, 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) in the loss to Holy Cross marked the most in a single game this season for the Eagles.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 TchobanovaJr. F       6-1     West Virginia
Rita Williams   Sr. G       5-7     Connecticut 
Tomora Young    Jr. G       5-10    Rutgers          

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).

DOUBLE FIGURE GAMES
Scoring
Paula Bacso (2)- (18)- Dec. 2- Georgetown
            (10)- Nov. 20- Marist 
Kim Beezer  (2)-(16)- Nov. 28- Towson
            (12)- Dec. 2- Georgetown
Allison Booth (2)-  (15)- Nov. 23- Texas 
             (11)- Nov. 20- Marist 
Cal Bouchard (6)-   (32)- Nov. 23- Texas
             (27)- Nov. 29- Georgia Tech
             (14)- Dec. 6- West Virginia
             (12)- Dec. 2- Georgetown
             (11)-Nov. 28- Towson
             (11)- Nov. 20- Marist
Jamie Cournoyer  (1) -(12)- Nov. 28- Towson
Aimee McGuire (1)-  (10)- Nov. 20- Marist 
Alissa Murphy (5)-  (17)- Nov. 23- Texas
             (17)- Nov. 29- Georgia Tech 
             (15)- Dec. 9- Holy Cross
             (13)- Dec. 11- Hartford
             (12)- Nov. 20- Marist
Whitney Steele (7)- (25)- Dec. 9- Holy Cross
             (24)- Nov. 28- Towson
             (22)- Dec. 11-Hartford
             (20)- Nov. 20- Marist
             (20)- Nov. 29- Georgia Tech
             (14)- Dec. 2- Georgetown 
             (11)- Dec. 6- West Virginia
Rebounding
Paula Bacso (2)- (11)- Dec. 2- Georgetown
            (10)- Nov. 20-Marist
Whitney Steele (1)- (11)- Dec. 11- Hartford
 
Assists
None
            
Steals
None

RECORD OF BC STARTING LINEUPS: Beezer, Bacso, Steele, Bouchard, McGuire - 6-2

EAGLES RECORD WHEN...
Leading at the half:    6-1
Trailing at the half:   0-1
Tied at the half:   0-0
BC outrebounds opponent:    5-0
Opponent outrebounds BC:    1-2
BC FG% is 50.0 or higher:   2-1
BC FG% is below 50.0:   4-1
BC has more FT attempts than opponent:  5-1
BC has fewer FT attempts than opponent: 1-1
BC scores more than 80 points:  3-0
BC scores 70-79 points: 2-1
BC scores 60-69 points: 1-1
BC scores fewer than 60 points: 0-0
BC allows more than 80 points:  0-2
BC allows 70-79 points: 0-0
BC allows 60-69 points: 3-0
BC allows fewer than 60 points: 3-0
EAGLES BY THE NUMBERS...
Overall:    6-2 
Home Games: 3-1
Road Games: 1-1
Neutral Games:  2-0
Tournament Games:   1-1
BIG EAST Games: 2-0
BIG EAST Home Games:    1-0
BIG EAST Road Games:    1-0
BIG EAST Neutral Games: 0-0
Non BIG EAST Games: 4-2
Non BIG EAST Home Games:    2-1
Non BIG EAST Away Games:    0-1
Non BIG EAST Neutral Games: 2-0
Day Games:  3-1
Night Games:    3-1
November Games: 3-1
December Games: 3-1
Overtime Games: 0-0
Television Games:   1-0
vs. Ranked Teams:   1-0

EAGLE UPDATES

PAULA BACSO
(Jr., F, 6-1, Farmingdale, NY, Farmingdale HS)

Tied for the team lead in rebounding with an average of 6.1 per game...Has started all eight games for the Eagles and is averaging 23.5 minutes...Averaging 8.5 points per game...Led the team in rebounding in four games...Registered a double-double at Georgetown on December 2, scoring a career-high 18 points and pulling down a career-high 11 rebounds.

Bacso's Career Highs
    Points      18 vs. Georgetown (12/2/97)
    Rebounds    11 vs. Georgetown (12/2/97)
    Assists     6 vs. Syracuse (1/31/96)
    Steals      2 vs. three opponents
    Blocks      2 vs. Pittsburgh (1/15/97)
Bacso's Season Highs
    Points      18 vs. Georgetown (12/2/97)
    Rebounds    11 vs. Georgetown (12/2/97)
    Assists     4 vs. Georgetown (12/2/97)
    Steals      1 vs. four opponents
    Blocks      1 vs. Holy Cross (12/9/97)
AISHA BAIN
(So., C/F, 6-2, Trumbull, CT, Trumbull HS)

Joined the team this fall after competing on the Boston College volleyball and track teams as a freshman...Has played in four games for the Eagles this season...Scored one point in two minutes against Marist on November 20... Also played in games against Towson (Nov. 28), West Virginia (Dec. 6), and Hartford (Dec. 11).

Bain's Season Highs
    Points      1 vs. Marist (11/20/97)
    Rebounds    None
    Assists     None
    Steals      None
    Blocks      None
KIM BEEZER
(Sr., G, 5-8, River Vale, NJ, Pascack Valley HS)

Averaging 6.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game...Has started all eight games and is averaging 25.6 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...Scored 12 points and pulled down eight rebounds against Georgetown on December 2.

Beezer's Career Highs
    Points      21 vs. Pittsburgh (2/11/95) 
    Rebounds    12 vs. Pittsburgh (2/11/95)
    Assists     9 vs. Providence (2/22/95)
    Steals      6 vs. G. Washington (12/29/96)
    Blocks      2 vs. Holy Cross (11/29/96)
                2 vs. Pittsburgh (1/20/06)
Beezer's Season Highs
    Points      16 vs. Towson (11/28/97)
    Rebounds    8 vs. Georgetown (12/2/97)
    Assists     6 vs. Towson (11/28/97)
    Steals      3 vs. Marist (11/20/97)
    Blocks      None
ALLISON BOOTH
(Jr., C, 6-4, Kennebunk, ME, Kennebunk HS)

Averaging 6.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game...Earned her first start of the season in the December 21 exhibition game against Nor'Easter Storm...Has played in all eight games, averaging 16.4 minutes...The teams' top rebounder in two games...Scored a season-high 15 points in the victory over Texas on November 23...Pulled down nine rebounds in the win over Towson on November 28.

Booth's Career Highs
    Points      20 vs. West Virginia (1/19/97)  
    Rebounds        13 vs. West Virginia (1/19/97)
    Assists     2 vs. four opponents
    Steals      2 vs. two opponents
    Blocks      2 vs. four opponents
Booth's Season Highs
    Points      15 vs. Texas (11/23/97)
    Rebounds    9 vs. Towson (11/28/97)
    Assists     2 vs. West Virginia (12/6/97)
    Steals      1 vs. two opponents
    Blocks      1 vs. three opponents
CAL BOUCHARD
(So., G, 5-7, Aurora, Ontario, Aurora HS)

Second on the team in scoring with an average of 14.9 points per game...Averaging 3.6 assists per game...Has started all eight games and is averaging 33.6 minutes per game...Scored in double figures in six games...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 three games.

Bouchard's Career Highs
    Points          32 vs. Texas (11/23/97) 
    3-pt. FG's      4 vs. Syracuse (2/15/97)
                    4 vs. St. John's (3/1/97)
    Rebounds        6 vs. Weber State (12/20/96)
    Assists         8 vs. Marist (11/20/97)
    Steals          5 vs. Notre Dame (2/12/97)
    Blocks          1 vs. Weber State (12/20/96)
                1 vs. West Virginia (1/19/97)
Bouchard's Season Highs
    Points      32 vs. Texas (11/23/97)
    3-pt. FG's  3 vs. Georgia Tech (11/29/97)
    Rebounds    4 vs. three opponents
    Assists     7 vs. Georgia Tech (11/29/97)
    Steals      3 vs. West Virginia (12/6/97)
    Blocks      None
JAMIE COURNOYER
(Fr., C, 6-3, North Attleboro, MA, N. Attleboro HS)

Averaging 3.3 points and 3.1 rebounds per game...Has played in all eight games and is averaging 8.6 minutes...Scored 12 points against Towson on November 28...Registered six rebounds in games against Texas on November 23 and against Towson...Pulled down a career-high seven rebounds against West Virginia on December 6.

Cournoyer's Season Highs
    Points      12 vs. Towson (11/28/97)    
    Rebounds    7 vs. West Virginia (12/6/97)
    Assists     1 vs. Marist (11/20/97)
                1 vs. Towson (11/28/97)
    Steals      1 vs. Towson (11/28/97)
                1 vs. West Virginia (12/6/97)
    Blocks      1 vs. Georgetown (12/2/97)
                1 vs. West Virginia (12/6/97)
TISH FEW
(So., F, 5-10, Stafford, VA, North Stafford HS)

Has played in four games, averaging 4.3 minutes...Averaging 1.3 points and 0.8 rebounds...Scored 12 points (6-9 FG) and pulled down six rebounds in 17 minutes in the win over Towson on November 28.

Few's Season Highs
    Points      5 vs. Marist (11/20/97) 
    Rebounds    2 vs. Towson (11/28/97)
    Assists     3 vs. Marist (11/20/97)
    Steals      1 vs. Marist (11/20/97)
    Blocks      None
AIMEE MCGUIRE
(Sr., G, 5-8, Ridgewood, NJ, Ridgewood HS)

The team captain...Averaging 3.9 points and 2.1 rebounds... Has started all eight games and is averaging 24.3 minutes... Averaging 2.9 assists per game...Has connected on 35.7 percent (5-14) of her three-point field goal attempts.

        McGuire's Career Highs
    Points      19 vs. Canisius (11/25/94)
    Rebounds    8 vs. Northwestern (12/11/94)
    Assists     11 vs. Loyola (Chicago) (12/9/94)
    Steals      4 vs. Fordham (12/4/94)
    Blocks      None
McGuire's Season Highs
    Points      10 vs. Marist (11/20/97)
    3-pt. FG's  2 vs. Marist (11/20/97)
    Rebounds    4 vs. West Virginia (12/6/97)
    Assists     6 vs. Marist (11/20/97)
    Steals      1 vs. two opponents
    Blocks      None
JILL MIGLIERO
(Fr., G, 5-6, Lynnfield, MA, Lynnfield HS)

Joined the team this fall as a walk-on...Has played in four games...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.

Migliero's Season Highs
    Points      1 vs. Hartford (12/11/97)
    Rebounds    None
    Assists     None
    Steals      1 vs. West Virginia (12/6/97)
    Blocks      None
ALISSA MURPHY
(So., G, 5-10, San Diego, CA, Scripps Ranch HS)

Third on the team in scoring with an average of 11.1 points per game...Averaging 27.3 minutes of play in eight games... Scored 17 points in games against Texas on November 23 and Georgia Tech on November 29...Netted 13 points in the win over Hartford on December 11...Pulled down seven rebounds and handed out five assists at Georgetown on December 2...Netted 15 points and pulled down seven rebounds against Holy Cross on December 9.

Murphy's Career Highs
    Points      17 vs. Texas (11/23/97)
                17 vs. Georgia Tech (11/29/97)  
    Rebounds    10 vs. Georgetown (1/12/97)
    Assists     6 vs. Toledo (12/19/96)
    Steals      3 vs. Holy Cross (12/6/96)
                3 vs. Seton Hall (1/9/97)
    Blocks      1 vs. six opponents
Murphy's Season Highs
    Points      17 vs. Texas (11/23/97)
                17 vs. Georgia Tech (11/29/97)
    Rebounds    7 vs. Georgetown (12/2/97)
                7 vs. Holy Cross (12/9/97)
    Assists     5 vs. Georgetown (12/2/97)
    Steals      1 vs. four opponents
    Blocks      1 vs. two opponents
DANIELLE O'BANION
(Fr., G, 5-7, Arlington, VA, Episcopal HS)

Has played in five games, averaging 8.4 minutes...Averaging 4.6 points and 1.0 rebounds...Netted a season-high nine points, including three 3-pt. field goals, in the loss to Holy Cross on December 9...In the win over Hartford on December 11, she scored seven points...Scored four points against West Virginia on December 6.

O'Banion's Season Highs
    Points      9 vs. Holy Cross (12/9/97)
    3-pt. FG's  3 vs. Holy Cross (12/9/97)  
    Rebounds    3 vs. Holy Cross (12/9/97)
    Assists     None
    Steals      1 vs. four opponents
    Blocks      None
SHAWNA RAINER
(Jr., F, 6-0, Spokane, WA, North Idaho College)

Has played in four games, averaging 6.5 minutes...Averaging 3.0 points and 2.3 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.

Rainer's Season Highs
    Points      7 vs. Towson (11/28/97) 
    Rebounds    5 vs. Marist (11/20/97)
    Assists     None
    Steals      None
    Blocks      None
WHITNEY STEELE
(Jr., C, 6-4, Harrington Park, NJ, Northern Valley-Old Tappan HS)

Leads the team in scoring with an average of 17.5 points per game...Also tied for first on the team in rebounding with 6.1 per game...Has started all eight games and is averaging 28.1 minutes... Tied her career-high scoring performance with 25 points and added nine rebounds in the loss to Holy Cross on December 9...Registered a double-double against Hartford on December 11, scoring 22 points and grabbing 11 rebounds...Recorded five blocks against Marist on November 20...Led the team in scoring in four games... Named to the All-Tournament team at the Comfort Inn Downtown Classic... Netted 24 points in the victory over Towson on November 28...Scored 14 points and pulled down eight rebounds at Georgetown on December 2.

        Steele's Career Highs
    Points      25 vs. Holy Cross (12/6/96)
                25 vs. Holy Cross (12/9/96)
    Rebounds    12 vs. Dartmouth (12/29/96)
    Assists     3 vs. five opponents
    Steals      4 vs. Toledo (12/19/96)
    Blocks      5 vs. Toledo (12/19/96)
                5 vs. Marist (11/20/97)
Steele's Season Highs
    Points      25 vs. Holy Cross (12/9/97)
    Rebounds    11 vs. Hartford (12/11/97)
    Assists     3 vs. Towson (11/28/97)
                3 vs. West Virginia (12/6/97)
    Steals      2 vs. two opponents
    Blocks      5 vs. Marist (11/20/97)

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.

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.

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.

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

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