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Paula Bacso scored 13 points in the last meeting of these teams. (file photo)
Jan. 21, 1998

Eagles Play Host to Pitt


DATE: Wednesday, January 21, 1998

GAME TIME: 7:00 p.m.

SITE: Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

ARENA (Capacity): Silvio O. Conte Forum (8,606)

SERIES RECORD: Pittsburgh leads, 15-14
Home: 8-6; Away: 6-7; Neutral: 0-2

Boston College and Pittsburgh have played 29 games and the Panthers have a 15-14 advantage in the series. The Eagles have won three of the last four games in the series, including both games last season. Pittsburgh's last win over Boston College was on January 20, 1996 when the Panthers defeated the Eagles, 72-69. Last season, Boston College defeated the Panthers, 70-66, in Conte Forum on January 15, and recorded an 84-59 win at Pittsburgh on February 22.

SCOUTING PITTSBURGH: The Panthers are currently 4-11 overall and have a 1-7 record in the BIG EAST Conference. Pittsburgh enters Wednesday's game with a three-game losing streak. Junior forward Alecia Balich leads the Panthers in scoring with an average of 9.2 points per game. Junior center Nickeia Morris is the top rebounder with an average of 9.0 per game.

LAST MEETING: Boston College defeated Pittsburgh, 84-59, at Fitzgerald Field House on February 22, 1997. Five Boston College players scored in double figures in the victory. Holly Porter netted 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Eagles and Paula Bacso scored 13 points. Aimee McGuire registered 12 points and Alissa Murphy and Mandy West each added 11 points. Boston College jumped out to an early lead and after a 30-9 run the Eagles had a 21-point advantage with 6:18 remaining in the first half. The Eagles led the Lady Panthers, 44-27, at halftime. Pittsburgh cut the lead to 13 points with 11:03 remaining in the game, but Boston College pulled away to register the victory outscoring the Lady Panthers 26-14 in the final 10 minutes. Latia Howard led Pittsburgh with 17 points and eight rebounds.

NAME        FG      3FG     FT      R   PF  TP  A   MIN
H. Porter   6-14    0-0     7-8     7   1   19  0   33
A. McGuire  4-7     2-3     2-2     1   0   12  2   25
W. Steele   1-3     0-0     0-2     6   1   2   0   27
C. Bouchard 2-6     2-5     0-0     1   3   6   5   23
A. Murphy   2-4     0-0     7-7     3   0   11  2   18
M. West     2-7     2-6     5-6     1   0   11  2   22
K. Beezer   2-3     0-1     4-4     3   4   8   2   21
T. Squair   1-1     0-0     0-0     0   0   2   1   10
P. Bacso    5-7     0-0     3-4     5   3   13  1   21
TOTALS      25-52   6-15    28-33   33  12  84  15  200
NAME            FG      3FG     FT  R   PF  TP  A   MIN
M. Thompson     6-10    0-0     0-2 4   1   12  4   25
K. Senneca      1-6     0-3     0-0 0   2   2   2   30
L. Howard       8-10    0-0     1-2 8   2   17  1   26
M. Katkowski    5-10    3-7     2-3 1   3   15  1   34
A. Balich       0-4     0-1     0-0 0   4   0   0   9
J. Guzman       0-1     0-1     0-0 0   1   0   3   14
T. Hunter       0-0     0-0     0-0 1   2   0   2   14
L. Lawrence     2-7     0-0     0-0 3   2   4   2   13
M. Krueger      1-4     0-0     0-0 0   0   2   0   5
N. Morris       0-0     0-0     0-0 1   1   0   1   4
K. Webb         0-3     0-0     0-0 5   3   0   0   7
F. Woods        3-6     0-0     1-2 5   3   7   0   19
TOTALS          26-61   3-12    4-9 32  24  59  16  200

Halftime Score - BC 44, Pitt 27; Team Rebounds - BC 6, Pitt 4; Turnovers - BC 14, Pitt 20; Technicals - None; Attendance - 812; Game Officials - Bill Titus, Dennis DeMayo, Marlene Smith.

Boston College vs. Pittsburgh
                            Boston College  Pittsburgh
Points Per Game             74.9            60.5    
Opponents Points Per Game   63.4            66.7
Field Goals                 46.9 (430-916)  44.1 (363-884)
Opponents Field Goals       39.4 (372-944)  41.0 (348-849)
Free Throws                 74.1 (269-363)  61.9 (135-218)
Opponents Free Throws       64.8 (204-315)  71.7 (253-353)
3-Pt. Field Goals           44.2 (69-156)   31.1 (47-151)
Opp. 3-Pt. Field Goals      31.9 (66-207)   31.5 (51-162)
Rebounds                    37.6            38.0
Opponents Rebounds          35.4            37.2
Assists                     14.6            15.4
Opponents Assists           10.7            14.5
Turnovers                   15.3            22.7
Opponents Turnovers         16.7            19.0
Blocks                      1.9             4.0
Opponents Blocks            1.1             2.1
Steals                      5.8             8.6
Opponents Steals            8.0             9.5

F #23 Kim Beezer (5-8, Sr., 5.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg)
F #44 Paula Bacso (6-1, Jr., 8.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg)
C #32 Whitney Steele (6-4, Jr., 14.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg)
G #5 Cal Bouchard (5-7, So., 17.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg)
G #24 Aimee McGuire (5-8, Sr., 6.9 ppg, 2.2 rpg)

G #12 Alissa Murphy (5-10, So., 8.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg)
C #33 Allison Booth (6-4, Jr., 7.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg)
C #20 Jamie Cournoyer (6-3, Fr., 3.1 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 58-67 with the Eagles. Inglese's overall coaching record is 178-141 in 12 years. She is assisted by Pam Borton, Kelly Cole, and Bill Gould. Kirk Bruce (Pittsburgh '75) is in his 13th season at Pittsburgh. He is assisted by Carol Morton, Larry Anderson, and Jenine Joyce. Bruce's overall coaching record is 156-204 in 13 years. He has coached 15 all-conference selections and three Kodak Honorable Mention All-Americans.

LAST GAME: Cal Bouchard's driving layup with five seconds left in regulation lifted Boston College to a 78-76 victory over Notre Dame on January 17. The victory snapped an eight-game win streak for the Fighting Irish.

The Irish bounced back from a seven-point deficit in the second half to take a 48-47 lead on a three-pointer by senior Mollie Peirick with 11:48 remaining in the game. Both teams battled throughout the rest of the second half, and the Eagles had a 68-64 lead with 3:48 left in the contest. Notre Dame regained the lead on two free throws by freshman Ruth Riley that gave the Irish a 71-70 advantage with 2:35 remaining.

As the team's continued to battle, the Eagles held a 76-73 advantage with 13 seconds remaining, but Notre Dame's Peirick was fouled as she was attempting a three-point field goal. Peirick connected on all three free throws and tied the game at 76-76. Bouchard's layup with five seconds remaining gave the Eagles the victory. Notre Dame outrebounded Boston College, 40-33, but committed 17 turnovers compared to 11 for the Eagles.

Five Boston College players scored in double figures, led by Bouchard's 19 points. Allison Booth came off the bench to score 14 points, and Paula Bacso added 12. Aimee McGuire netted 11 points and Whitney Steele finished with 10. Peirick scored a career-high 26 points to lead three Notre Dame players in double figures. Riley netted 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Sheila McMillen finished with 13 points.

BIG EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Cal Bouchard was named BIG EAST Conference Player of the Week after leading the Eagles to victories over Rutgers and Notre Dame last week. Bouchard averaged 23.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 4.0 assists, in the two conference games. In the 74-65 win over Rutgers on January 14, the sophomore guard netted 28 points, including six three-pointers, and led the team with six rebounds. She led the Eagles to a 78-76 victory over Notre Dame on January 17, scoring a driving layup with five seconds remaining in the game. Bouchard finished the game with 19 points and six assists. In two games, she shot 61.5 percent (16-26) from the field.

SCORING: The Eagles are averaging 74.9 points per game, and two players are averaging double figures in scoring. Boston College opponents are averaging 63.4 points per game. Sophomore guard Cal Bouchard leads the team in scoring with 17.0 points per game. Junior center Whitney Steele is second on the team in scoring with an average of 14.9 points per game. Both players are among the top 10 (Bouchard-4th; Steele- 8th) in BIG EAST scoring.

BALANCED ATTACK: Boston College has had at least five players score in double figures in five games this season. The Eagles have won four of those games. 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 games against Notre Dame (January 17), Providence (January 8), and St. John's (December 31).

CHARITY STRIPE: The Eagles are first in the BIG EAST Conference in free throw percentage. Boston College is currently shooting 74.1 percent from the line, connecting on 269-of-363 free throw attempts. The Eagles shot a season-high 88.9 percent at Miami on January 10, connecting on 16-of-18 free throw attempts. Sophomore guard Alissa Murphy leads the BIG EAST in free throw percentage (81.8), connecting on 45-of-55 attempts. Cal Bouchard is second in the league, shooting 81.2 percent (56-69) from the 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 44.2 percent (69-156) of their three-point field goal attempts, including a season-high 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 is second in the league, shooting 43.8 percent (32-73), and McGuire is shooting 48.8 percent (20-41). Freshman Danielle O'Banion has played in 11 games and has shot 75.0 percent (6-8) from three-point range.

HOME COURT ADVANTAGE: The Eagles are currently undefeated in BIG EAST games at Conte Forum this season. Boston College has a 4-0 league record at home after defeating West Virginia (64-45), Providence (94-73), Rutgers (74-65), and Notre Dame (78-76). The Eagles are 6-1 overall in Conte Forum this season. Holy Cross defeated Boston College, 80-68, on December 9, to give the Eagles their only loss at home.

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 and McGuire are currently tied for sixth (73) in three-point field goals made. In career three-point field goals attempted, McGuire is fifth (194) and Bouchard is sixth (187).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 58-67, and has a career record of 178-141. 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)             58-67
Career Record (12 Years)                    178-141
BIG EAST Regular Season Record (4 Years)    38-42
BIG EAST Tournament Record (4 Years)        1-4
BIG EAST Overall Record (4 Years)           39-46
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 8.7 points and 5.0 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 14.9 points per game. The 6-4 center has led the team in scoring in five games, and has scored in double figures 14 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 16 games, Beezer is averaging 5.2 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 16 games for Boston College this season. Bouchard is currently leading the team in scoring with an average of 17.0 points per game. The sophomore guard has scored in double figures in 14 games, and was named to the Comfort Inn Downtown Classic and Corestates Hawk Classic All-Tournament Teams. McGuire is averaging 6.9 points and 2.2 rebounds and has connected on 48.8 percent (20-41) of her three-point field goal attempts. The senior captain netted a season-high 16 points in the victory over Providence on January 8.

OFF THE BENCH: Four 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 this season she plays a key role in the backcourt coming off the bench. The sophomore guard is currently fourth on the team in scoring with an average of 8.4 points per game. Murphy netted a career-high 18 points and pulled down a season-high nine rebounds against Providence on January 8.

Junior Allison Booth is averaging 7.5 points and 4.4 rebounds in 15 games. After missing the game against Rutgers on January 14 with an ankle injury suffered at Miami, the 6-4 center returned to action against Notre Dame and scored 14 points. She is averaging 17.9 minutes per game. Booth registered a double-double at Villanova on January 3, scoring 13 points and grabbing a career-high 14 rebounds.

Freshman Jamie Cournoyer has played in 14 games and is averaging 3.1 points and 2.3 rebounds. The 6-3 center netted 12 points and grabbed six rebounds in 17 minutes of play against Towson on November 28. Danielle O'Banion has played in 11 games and is averaging 3.5 points per game. The freshman guard scored a season-high 11 points in the victory at St. John's on December 31.

TOURNAMENT HONORS: Boston College participated in two tournaments during the season and Cal Bouchard and Whitney Steele both earned all-tournament honors. Both players were 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.

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.

SPECIAL GUEST: The Eagles had a special guest attend the game at Georgetown on December 2. Senator Edward 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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                OVERALL
BE 6            W-L Pct.    H   A   N   W-L     Pct.    H       A   N
Connecticut     7-0 1.000   4-0 3-0 0-0 17-1    .941    10-0    5-1 1-0
Boston College  6-2 .750    4-0 2-2 0-0 11-5    .688    6-1     2-3 3-1
Notre Dame      5-3 .625    2-1 3-2 0-0 11-5    .688    6-1     5-4 0-0
Villanova       5-3 .625    3-1 2-2 0-0 11-5    .688    5-1     3-3 3-1
West Virginia   3-5 .375    3-1 0-4 0-0 7-8     .467    5-2     2-6 0-0
St. John's      2-6 .250    1-3 1-3 0-0 4-12    .250    2-6     1-3 1-3

                BIG EAST                OVERALL
BE 7            W-L Pct.    H   A   N   W-L     Pct.    H   A   N
Miami           5-3 .625    4-0 1-3 0-0 10-6    .625    7-1 2-5 1-0
Syracuse        5-3 .625    4-1 1-2 0-0 10-6    .625    5-2 3-4 2-0
Rutgers         5-3 .625    4-0 1-3 0-0 9-7     .563    7-1 1-6 1-0
Providence      4-4 .500    3-1 1-3 0-0 8-8     .500    5-2 2-5 1-1
Georgetown      2-6 .250    1-2 1-4 0-0 5-10    .333    4-4 1-6 0-0
Seton Hall      1-6 .143    0-3 1-3 0-0 3-12    .200    0-5 2-5 1-2
Pittsburgh      1-7 .125    1-4 0-3 0-0 4-11    .267    3-6 0-5 1-0

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