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Kim Beezer is averaging 5.8 rebounds per game.

Dec. 31, 1997

Boston College vs. St. John's Game Notes

Boston College (7-3, 2-0 Big East)
vs.
St. John's (3-7, 1-1 Big East)

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 1997
Site: Jamaica, New York
Arena: Alumni Hall (6,008)
Time: 2 P.M.

Series vs. St. John's
BC leads, 19-11 (Home: 13-4; Away 5-7; N: 1-0)

Boston College and St. John's have played 30 games and the Eagles have a 19-11 advantage in the series. The Eagles have won the last four games in the series, including three victories last season. St. John's last victory over Boston College was on February 1, 1995, when the Red Storm defeated the Eagles, 90-75, in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

Last Meeting
The last time that the Eagles played St. John's was on March 1, 1997 in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament in Storrs, Connecticut. Cal Bouchard scored a season-high 24 points to lead No. 5 seed Boston College to a 65-58 victory over No. 12 seed St. John's. The Eagles bounced back from a 31-26 deficit at halftime for the victory. St. John's extended its lead to nine points early in the second half, but the Eagles went on a 24-4 run to take a 51-40 lead with 8:33 remaining in the game. Bouchard scored eight points in the final minutes to lead the Eagles to victory. Holly Porter netted 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for Boston College. Kerry Duggan led the Red Storm with 16 points and Tanya Mrdjen registered a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Scouting St. John's
The Red Storm are currently 3-7 overall and have a 1-1 record in the BIG EAST Conference. St. John's defeated Seton Hall, 65-56, on December 2, but lost to Syracuse, 61-50, on December 6. Four starters return from last year's team that finished with a 5-22 overall record (3-15 BIG EAST). Junior guard Ebony Dickinson is the leading scorer with 13.4 points per game. Dickinson also leads the Red Storm in rebounding with an average of 5.4 per game. St. John's has lost three of its last five games.

Corestates Hawk Classic
Boston College lost to Alabama, 79-70,in overtime, in the opening round of the Corestates Hawk Classic on December 28, but bounced back to defeat Yale, 58-38, in the consolation game on December 29.

In the game against Alabama, the Eagles trailed 29-25 at halftime, but went on a 24-11 run and led the Crimson Tide, 49-40, with 10:50 remaining in regulation. Alabama battled back to tie the game at 60 at the end of regulation.

The Crimson Tide secured the victory when Leah Goss scored a three-point field goal and Pam Duncan followed with two three-pointers and a jumper to give Alabama a 71-62 lead with 2:49 left in overtime. Dominque Canty led the Crimson Tide with 28 points and 10 rebounds and Goss added 13. Cal Bouchard led Boston College with 20 points. Whitney Steele scored 19 points and Allison Booth added 11.

Four players scored in double figures to lead Boston College to a 58-38 victory over Yale in the consolation game. The Eagles led the Bulldogs, 32-19, at halftime, and Steele scored nine points in the second half to secure the win for Boston College. Steele finished with 15 points and five rebounds. Paula Bacso scored 13 points, Bouchard netted 11 points, and Aimee McGuire added 10 points for the Eagles.

All-Tournament Honors Cal Bouchard earned Corestates Hawk Classic All-Tournament honors after scoring 31 points and recording nine assists and five steals in two games. The sophomore guard led Boston College in scoring against Alabama, netting 20 points, including three three-point field goals, in the overtime loss. Bouchard scored 11 points and added five assists and three steals in the consolation against Yale.

Coaches
Cathy Inglese (Southern Connecticut '80), currently in her fifth season at Boston College, has a record of 54-65 with the Eagles. Inglese's overall coaching record is 174-139 in 12 years. She is assisted by Pam Borton, Kelly Cole, and Bill Gould.

Charlene Thomas-Swinson (Auburn '92) is her second season at St. John's. She is assisted by Carla Berry, Joe Westerfer, and Ronalda Smitherman.

Probable Boston College Starters
F   #23 Kim Beezer  (5-8, Sr., 5.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg)
F   #44 Paula Bacso (6-1, Jr., 8.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg)
C   #32 Whitney Steele (6-4, Jr., 17.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg)
G   #5  Cal Bouchard (5-7, So., 15.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg)
G   #24 Aimee McGuire (5-8, Sr., 4.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg)
Eagles Off The Bench
G #12  Alissa Murphy (5-10, So., 9.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg) 
C  #33  Allison Booth (6-4, Jr., 6.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg)
C  #20  Jamie Cournoyer (6-3, Fr., 2.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg)
Hartford Victory
On December 11, the Eagles 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. The Eagles went on a 19-9 run in the first 10 minutes of the second half to secure the victory. Sophomore guard Alissa Murphy finished with 13 points and five rebounds and Bacso added nine points.

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).

Tied Best Start
The Eagles' 5-1 record in their first six games tied the best start in school history. A loss to Holy Cross on December 9 ended the Eagles' bid to register 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.

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 75.0 points per game, and three players are averaging double figures in scoring. Boston College opponents are averaging 61.1 points per game. Junior center Whitney Steele leads the team in scoring with 17.4 points per game. Sophomore guards Cal Bouchard (15.0 ppg) and Alissa Murphy (9.3 ppg) follow Steele in the scoring department.

In The Paint
Juniors Paula Bacso and Whitney Steele have been a tough frontcourt combination for opponents this season. Steele is currently averaging 17.4 points and 6.2 rebounds, and Bacso is averaging 8.9 points and 5.6 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 71.6 percent from the line, connecting on 164-of-229 free throw attempts. In the win over Georgetown, the Eagles shot 87 percent (20-23) 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 (61) and Bouchard is seventh (54) in three-point field goals made. In career three-point field goals attempted, McGuire is sixth (173)and Bouchard is seventh (153).

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 54-65, and has a career record of 174-139. 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) 54-65
Career Record (12 Years) 174-139
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 five games, and is the top scorer with an average of 17.4 points per game. Steele has scored in double figures nine times this season.

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 10 games, Beezer is averaging 5.5 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 5.3 per game. In her last five games, Beezer has averaged 6.4 rebounds a 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 9.3 Points per game. Murphy has netted a career-high 17 points against Texas and Georgia Tech. Freshman Jamie Cournoyer has played in all 10 games and is averaging 2.6 points and 2.5 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 6.9 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. The 6-4 center is averaging 17.6 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.

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