Jan. 16, 1998
Boston College to Battle Notre Dame
Boston College and Notre Dame have played four games and the Fighting Irish have a 3-1 advantage in the series. The Eagles defeated Notre Dame, 59-55, in the first game in the series on December 30, 1983. Notre Dame has won the last three games, including both contests last season.
SCOUTING NOTRE DAME: The Fighting Irish are currently 11-4 overall and have a 5-2 record in the BIG EAST Conference. Three players are averaging double figures in scoring, led by junior guard Sheila McMillen's 13.6 points per game. Senior Mollie Peirick is averaging 13.4 points per game. Junior guard Danielle Green is the team's leading rebounder with an average of 6.3 per game and is third on the team in scoring with 11.1 points per game.
LAST MEETING: Boston College lost its second game of the season to Notre Dame, as the Fighting Irish defeated the Eagles, 91-64, on February 12. The Fighting Irish shot 66.7 percent from the field, including four-of-six three-point field goals, to take a 36-19 lead at haftime. The Eagles shot only 23.8 percent from the field in the first half and were scoreless for six minutes. Notre Dame outscored the Eagles, 55-45, in the second half and shot 69 percent from the field. Five players scored in double figures for the Fighting Irish. Beth Morgan netted 17 points and pulled down seven rebounds and Rosanne Bohman and Sheila McMillen each added 16 points for Notre Dame. Holly Porter and junior Aimee McGuire each scored 14 points to lead the Eagles. Notre Dame outrebounded Boston College, 32-21.
Boston College Notre Dame Points Per Game 74.7 73.3 Opponents Points Per Game 62.5 66.5 Field Goals 47.1 (403-856) 44.1 (380-861) Opponents Field Goals 39.2 (347-885) 38.6 (330-855) Free Throws 73.9 (249-337) 68.3 (258-378) Opponents Free Throws 62.8 (182-290) 67.8 (278-410) 3-Pt. Field Goals 44.5 (65-146) 37.4 (82-219) Opp. 3-Pt. Field Goals 32.3 (62-192) 34.1 (60-176) Rebounds 37.9 41.1 Opponents Rebounds 35.1 36.3 Assists 14.8 16.2 Opponents Assists 10.7 12.7 Turnovers 15.6 22.5 Opponents Turnovers 16.7 22.5 Blocks 2.0 5.1 Opponents Blocks 1.1 2.8 Steals 5.7 10.4 Opponents Steals 8.1 11.1 PROBABLE BOSTON COLLEGE STARTERS F #23 Kim Beezer (5-8, Sr., 4.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg) F #44 Paula Bacso (6-1, Jr., 8.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg) C #32 Whitney Steele (6-4, Jr., 15.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg) G #5 Cal Bouchard (5-7, So., 16.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg) G #24 Aimee McGuire (5-8, Sr., 6.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg) EAGLES OFF THE BENCH G #12 Alissa Murphy (5-10, So., 9.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg) C #33 Allison Booth (6-4, Jr., 7.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg) C #20 Jamie Cournoyer (6-3, Fr., 3.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg) G #4 Danielle O'Banion (5-7, Fr., 3.5 ppg, 1.0 rpg)
COACHES: Cathy Inglese (Southern Connecticut '80), currently in her fifth season at Boston College, has a record of 57-67 with the Eagles. Inglese's overall coaching record is 177-141 in 12 years. She is assisted by Pam Borton, Kelly Cole, and Bill Gould. Muffet McGraw (St. Joseph's '77) is in her 11th season at Notre Dame. She is assisted by Carol Owens, Kevin McGuff, and Letitia Bowen. A year ago, McGraw led Notre Dame to a 31-7 record and an appearance in the NCAA Final Four. McGraw has led the Irish to a 37-6 league record in three years in the BIG EAST Conference.
BOSTON COLLEGE (10-5, 5-2 BIG EAST) VS. NOTRE DAME (11-4, 5-2 BIG EAST) DATE: Saturday, January 17, 1998 GAME TIME: 6:00 p.m. SITE: Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts ARENA (Capacity): Silvio O. Conte Forum (8,606) TELEVISION: Televised live on SportsChannel (New England, Chicago, and Florida) SERIES RECORD: Notre Dame leads, 3-1 Home: 1-1; Away: 0-2; Neutral: 0-0 12/30/83 H W 59-55 1/6/96 A L 51-80 1/7/96 H L 57-61 2/12/97 A L 64-91LAST GAME:
Cal Bouchard scored 28 points to lead Boston College to a 74-65 victory over Rutgers at Conte Forum on January 14. The sophomore forward connected on nine-of-10 field goal attempts, including six three-pointers, and led the Eagles in rebounding with six. Bouchard scored the Eagles' first 16 points as Boston College jumped out to an early lead and had a 14-point advantage with 2:00 remaining in the first half. The Eagles led the Scarlet Knights, 34-23, at halftime. Rutgers opened the second half with a 7-0 run and cut the Eagles' lead to 34-30. Boston College rallied and built a 12-point lead, but the Scarlet Knights continued to battle, and when freshman Natasha Pointer stole the ball, and scored with 1:56 left in the game, the lead was cut to 67-65. Boston College connected on five free throws in the final minutes to secure the 74-65 victory. Pointer led Rutgers with 19 points and Shawnetta Stewart added 10. Junior center Whitney Steele finished with 13 points for Boston College.
INJURY UPDATE: Allison Booth will be available to play after missing the Rutgers game with an injury to her right ankle. The junior forward sprained her right ankle five minutes into the game at Miami on January 10. Prior to her injury, Booth had played in all 14 games and was averaging 7.1 points and 4.4 rebounds. Booth played only seven games last season before suffering a second injury to her right knee. She had her second ACL surgery this past summer.
SCORING: The Eagles are averaging 74.7 points per game, and two players are averaging double figures in scoring. Boston College opponents are averaging 62.5 points per game. Sophomore guard Cal Bouchard leads the team in scoring with 16.9 points per game. Junior center Whitney Steele is second on the team in scoring with an average of 15.3 points per game.
BALANCED ATTACK: Boston College has had at least five players score in double figures in four games this season. In the season opener against Marist, six Eagles scored in double figures in the 104-60 victory. Six players also scored in double figures in the 85-79 loss at Miami on January 10. Five Eagles registered double digits in scoring in the 94-73 win over Providence on January 8 and the 74-54 victory at St. John's on December 31.
CHARITY STRIPE: The Eagles are first in the BIG EAST Conference in free throw percentage. Boston College is currently shooting 73.9 percent from the line, connecting on 249-of-337 free throw attempts. The Eagles shot 88.9 percent at Miami on January 10, connecting on 16-of-18 free throw attempts. Sophomore guard Alissa Murphy has shot 81.8 percent (45-55) from the line. Junior forward Paula Bacso (20-25) and sophomore guard Cal Bouchard (52-65) are both shooting 80 percent from the free throw line.
THIRD IN THE NATION: Boston College is leading the BIG EAST Conference, and is third in the nation, in three-point field goal percentage. The Eagles have connected on 44.5 percent (65-146) of their three-point field goal attempts, including 72.7 percent (8-11) in the victory over Rutgers on January 14. The backcourt duo of Cal Bouchard and Aimee McGuire are the top two three-point threats for Boston College. Bouchard has connected on 45.6 percent (31-68) of her three-point field goal attempts, and McGuire is shooting 47.2 percent (17-36). Freshman Danielle O'Banion has played in 11 games and has shot 75.0 percent (6-8) from three-point range.
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. Bouchard is currently sixth (72) and McGuire is seventh (70) in three-point field goals made. In career three-point field goals attempted, McGuire is fifth (189) and Bouchard is seventh (182).
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.
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.
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.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Juniors Paula Bacso, Allison Booth, 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 Eagles' victory. Booth registered her first double-double of the season at Villanova on January 3, netting 13 points and grabbing a career-high 14 rebounds. Steele scored 22 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in the win over Hartford on December 11.
OVERTIME: 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.
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 57-67, and has a career record of 177-141. 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) 57-67 Career Record (12 Years) 177-141 BIG EAST Regular Season Record (4 Years) 37-42 BIG EAST Tournament Record (4 Years) 1-4 BIG EAST Overall Record (4 Years) 38-46 NCAA Record (2 appearances) 0-2
FRONTCOURT: Juniors Paula Bacso and Whitney Steele, and senior Kim Beezer have been a tough frontcourt combination for opponents this season. Bacso is averaging 8.5 points and 4.9 rebounds. The junior forward scored a career-high 18 points and pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds in the victory at Georgetown on December 2. Steele has developed into a major force at center and is currently second on the team in scoring with an average of 15.3 points per game. The 6-4 center has led the team in scoring in five games, and has scored in double figures 13 times this season. Beezer has played a key role for the Eagles this season, providing a spark with her intense style of play. A starter in all 15 games, Beezer is averaging 4.9 points per game. Although she is only 5-8, Beezer is second on the team in rebounding with an average of 5.1 per game.
BACKCOURT: The backcourt tandem of Cal Bouchard and Aimee McGuire has started all 15 games for Boston College this season. Bouchard is currently leading the team in scoring with an average of 16.9 points per game. The sophomore guard has scored in double figures in 13 games, and was named to the Comfort Inn Downtown Classic and Corestates Hawk Classic All-Tournament Teams. McGuire is averaging 6.6 points and 2.1 rebounds and has connected on 47.2 percent (17-36) of her three-point field goal attempts. The senior captain netted a season-high 16 points in the victory over Providence on January 8.
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.
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.RECORD OF BC STARTING LINEUPS:
Beezer, Bacso, Steele, Bouchard, McGuire 10-5
EAGLES RECORD WHEN... Leading at the half: 10-1 Trailing at the half: 0-3 Tied at the half: 0-1 BC outrebounds opponent: 8-1 Opponent outrebounds BC: 2-4 BC FG% is 50.0 or higher: 4-2 BC FG% is below 50.0: 6-3 BC has more FT attempts than opponent: 8-2 BC has fewer FT attempts than opponent: 1-3 BC has equal FT attempts as opponent: 1-0 BC scores more than 80 points: 4-0 BC scores 70-79 points: 4-3 BC scores 60-69 points: 1-1 BC scores fewer than 60 points: 1-1 BC allows more than 80 points: 0-3 BC allows 70-79 points: 1-1 BC allows 60-69 points: 4-0 BC allows fewer than 60 points: 5-1 EAGLES BY THE NUMBERS... Overall: 10-5 Home Games: 5-1 Road Games: 2-3 Neutral Games: 3-1 Tournament Games: 2-2 BIG EAST Games: 5-2 BIG EAST Home Games: 3-0 BIG EAST Road Games: 2-2 BIG EAST Neutral Games: 0-0 Non BIG EAST Games: 5-3 Non BIG EAST Home Games: 2-1 Non BIG EAST Away Games: 0-1 Non BIG EAST Neutral Games: 3-1 Day Games: 4-2 Night Games: 6-3 November Games: 3-1 December Games: 5-2 January Games: 2-2 Overtime Games: 0-1 Television Games: 1-0 vs. Ranked Teams: 1-0