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Jan. 3, 1998

Boston College vs. Villanova Game Notes

Boston College (8-3, 3-0 Big East) Vs. Villanova (7-4, 1-2 Big East) Date: Saturday, January 3, 1998
Site: Villanova, Pennsylvania
Arena: The Pavilion (6,500)
Time: 2:00 P.M.

Series vs. Villanova
Villanova leads, 19-10
(Home: 5-9; Away 5-8; N: 0-1)

Boston College and Villanova have played 29 games and the Wildcats have a 19-10 advantage in the series. Villanova has won seven of the last 10 games in the series, but the Eagles won the only game last season. Boston College defeated Villanova, 60-41, on January 25, 1997, in the only game between the two teams last season.

Last Meeting
The last time that the Eagles played the Wildcats was on January 25, 1997 at Villanova, Pennsylvania. Boston College's Holly Porter scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Eagles to a 60-41 win. The victory improved the Eagles' winning streak to six games, marking the longest in school history. Cal Bouchard added 15 points for Boston College. Jenn Beisel was Villanova's leading scorer with 18 points, including 12 in the second half. The Eagles jumped out to a 24-11 lead and extended that margin to 36-21 at halftime. Boston College opened the second half with a 10-4 run that improved its lead to 21 points. Villanova was never able to cut the lead to less than 14 points in the second half.

Scouting Villanova
The Wildcats are currently 7-4 overall and have a 1-2 record in the BIG EAST Conference. Three players are averaging double figures in scoring, led by senior forward Jenn Beisel's 13.7 points per game. Beisel is also leading the Wildcats in rebounding with an average of 5.3 per game.

Last Game
Five players scored in double figures to lead Boston College to a 74-54 win at St. John's on December 31. The Eagles jumped out to a 23-8 lead in the first 10 minutes of the game and Cal Bouchard's 12 points gave Boston College a 39-28 advantage at halftime.

Boston College connected on six-of-eight three-point field goal attempts in the second half and had a 24-point lead with 5:40 remaining in the game. Andrijana Bedalov netted 14 points in the second half for St. John's, but the Eagles shot 48.3 percent and recorded the victory. Bouchard finished with 17 points and junior forward Paula Bacso netted 12 points. Junior center Whitney Steele, senior guard Aimee McGuire, and freshman guard Danielle O'Banion each scored 11 points. Senior guard Kim Beezer pulled down nine rebounds for the Eagles. Bedalov led St. John's with 18 points and six rebounds.

Misc. Notes From St. John's Win Senior guard Kim Beezer pulled down a season-high nine rebounds and tied her season-high with six assists...Aimee McGuire netted a season-high 11 points and pulled down a season-high six rebounds. The senior guard also connected on a season-high three three-point field goals...Freshman guard Danielle O'Banion came off the bench to score a season-high 11 points, including three three-point field goals...The nine three-point field goals made and 60 percent (9-15) three-point field goal percentage were both season-highs.

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 game against Yale.

Boston College's 79-70 loss to Alabama on December 28 marked the first overtime game of the season for the Eagles. Prior to that loss, the last time that the Eagles played an overtime game was on December 29, 1995, when George Washington defeated Boston College, 70-67, at the Nationwide Lady Gator Classic in Gainesville, Florida. Boston College has an all-time record of 4-4 in overtime games.

Coaches Cathy Inglese (Southern Connecticut '80), currently in her fifth season at Boston College, has a record of 55-65 with the Eagles. Inglese's overall coaching record is 175-139 in 12 years. She is assisted by Pam Borton, Kelly Cole, and Bill Gould.

Harry Perretta (Lycoming '78) is in his 20th season at Villanova. The winningest coach in Villanova history, he is assisted by Joe Mullaney, Jr., Denise Dillon, and Cari-Lynn Piotrowski.

Probable Boston College Starters
F #23 Kim Beezer (5-8, Sr., 5.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg)
F #44 Paula Bacso (6-1, Jr., 9.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg)
C #32 Whitney Steele (6-4, Jr., 16.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg)
G #5 Cal Bouchard (5-7, So., 15.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg)
G #24 Aimee McGuire (5-8, Sr., 5.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg)
Eagles Off The Bench
G #12 Alissa Murphy (5-10, So., 8.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg)
C #33 Allison Booth (6-4, Jr., 6.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg)
C #20 Jamie Cournoyer (6-3, Fr., 2.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg)
G #4 Danielle O'Banion (5-7, Fr., 4.4 ppg, 1.3 rpg)

Undefeated In Big East
Boston College is currently 3-0 in BIG EAST Conference play, after defeating Georgetown (70-60) on December 2, West Virginia (64-45) on December 6, and St. John's (74-54) on December 31.

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.

The Eagles are averaging 74.9 points per game, and two players are averaging double figures in scoring. Boston College opponents are averaging 60.5 points per game. Junior center Whitney Steele leads the team in scoring with 16.8 points per game. Sophomore guard Cal Bouchard is second on the team in scoring with an average of 15.2 points per game.

In The Paint
Juniors Paula Bacso and Whitney Steele have been a tough frontcourt combination for opponents this season. Steele is currently averaging 16.8 points and 6.0 rebounds, and Bacso is averaging 9.2 points and 5.4 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 71.3 percent from the line, connecting on 179-of-251 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 (64) and Bouchard is seventh (57) in three-point field goals made. In career three-point field goals attempted, McGuire is sixth (176) and Bouchard is seventh (161).

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