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Jan. 23, 1998

Eagles Face Tough Task vs. Connecticut

BOSTON COLLEGE (12-5, 7-2 BIG EAST)
VS.
NO. 2/3 CONNECTICUT (18-1, 8-0 BIG EAST)

DATE: Sunday, January 25, 1998
GAME TIME: 2:00 p.m.
SITE: Hartford, Connecticut
ARENA (Capacity):Hartford Civic Center (16,294)
COACHES: Cathy Inglese (Southern Connecticut '80), currently in her fifth season at Boston College, has a record of 59-67 with the Eagles. Inglese's overall coaching record is 179-141 in 12 years. She is assisted by Pam Borton, Kelly Cole, and Bill Gould. Geno Auriemma (West Chester '81) is in his 13th season at Connecticut. He is assisted by Chris Dailey, Tonya Cardoza, and Jamelle Elliott. In 12 years at Connecticut, Auriemma has led the Huskies to three Final Four appearances, five Final Eight appearances, and the 1995 NCAA National Championship.
SERIES RECORD: Connecticut leads, 23-11
Home: 6-8; Away: 3-12; Neutral: 2-3

Boston College and Connecticut have played 34 games and the Huskies have a 23-11 advantage in the series. Connecticut has won the last 15 games in the series. The last time that Boston College defeated the Huskies was on January 17, 1990. In that regular season meeting, the Eagles defeated Connecticut, 65-61, at Chestnut Hill. The last time that Boston College won at Storrs, Connecticut was on January 2, 1988 when the Eagles defeated the Huskies, 72-69, in overtime.

SERIES SCORES:
2/7/81  L   A   70-72
2/6/82  W   H   61-58
2/22/83 L   A   57-59
3/3/83  W   N   69-57
2/4/84  W   H   77-55
3/1/84  L   N   51-52
12/15/84W   A   75-63
1/26/85 W   H   64-55
1/11/86 W   H   62-55 (OT)
2/12/86 W   A   59-55
1/28/87 L   H   56-57
2/23/87 L   A   60-69
1/2/88  W   A   72-69 (OT)
1/30/88 W   H   55-49
3/3/88  W   N   71-56
1/4/89  L   A   46-62
2/1/89  L   H   54-57
3/4/89  L   N   45-65
1/17/90 W   H   65-61
2/17/90 L   A   51-56
3/4/90  L   A   51-72
1/2/91  L   A   67-92
1/30/91 L   H   65-68
1/29/92 L   A   66-72
2/29/92 L   H   67-98
1/9/93  L   A   69-81
2/10/93 L   H   52-79
12/13/94L   H   62-80
2/16/94 L   A   65-86
1/18/95 L   H   54-79
2/19/95 L   A   34-86
2/3/96  L   H   65-87
11/24/96L   N   38-76
1/30/97 L   A   39-60

SCOUTING CONNECTICUT: The Huskies are currently ranked No. 2 in the USA Today/ESPN poll and No. 3 by Associated Press with an 18-1 overall record and an 8-0 mark in the BIG EAST Conference. Connecticut's only loss of the season was on January 3 at No. 1 Tennessee (84-69). Four players are averaging double figures in scoring for Connecticut. Nykesha Sales leads the Huskies in scoring with an average of 21.6 points per game. Freshman Svetlana Abrosimova is second with 13.9 points per game. Abrosimova and Stacy Hansmeyer are Connecticut's top rebounders with an average of 5.6 per game.

LAST MEETING: Boston College's six-game winning streak came to an end on January 30, 1997 in Storrs, Connecticut as the No. 1 Huskies defeated the Eagles, 60-39. Three players scored in double figures for the Huskies, led by Carla Berube's 14 points. Shea Ralph and Paige Sauer each netted 12 points for the Huskies. Senior forward Holly Porter led the Eagles with 18 points and seven rebounds, and sophomore guard Mandy West scored nine points. Boston College jumped out to a 9-3 lead, but Connecticut went on a 10-2 run and the Huskies never trailed again in the contest. The Huskies led Boston College, 32-21, at halftime and extended that lead by outscoring the Eagles, 28-18 in the second half. The Eagles were scoreless for the first five minutes of the second half and when Porter scored at the 14:50 mark the Huskies had a 40-21 lead. Connecticut's victory was the 15th consecutive win over Boston College and the second of the season.

Boston College vs. Connecticut
                        Boston College  Connecticut
Points Per Game             74.9            85.4    
Opponents Points Per Game   63.4            57.6
Field Goals                 47.3 (456-965)  52.1 (588-1128)
Opponents Field Goals       39.8 (398-999)  37.3 (403-1081)
Free Throws                 74.0 (287-388)  68.3 (339-496)
Opponents Free Throws       65.2 (215-330)  64.2 (215-335)
3-Pt. Field Goals           45.4 (74-163)   39.4 (108-274)
Opp. 3-Pt. Field Goals      31.9 (67-210)   30.0 (73-243)
Rebounds                    37.2            40.4
Opponents Rebounds          34.9            31.9
Assists                     14.4            18.6
Opponents Assists           10.8            12.5
Turnovers                   15.4            20.9
Opponents Turnovers         16.7            25.9
Blocks                      1.9             4.5
Opponents Blocks            1.0             2.3
Steals                      5.9             14.6
Opponents Steals            8.0             9.1
PROBABLE BOSTON COLLEGE STARTERS
F   #23 Kim Beezer  (5-8, Sr., 5.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg)
F   #44 Paula Bacso (6-1, Jr., 8.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg)
C   #32 Whitney Steele (6-4, Jr., 15.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg)
G   #5  Cal Bouchard (5-7, So., 17.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg)
G   #24 Aimee McGuire (5-8, Sr., 6.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg)
EAGLES OFF THE BENCH
G #12  Alissa Murphy (5-10, So., 8.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg) 
C  #33  Allison Booth (6-4, Jr., 7.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg)
C  #20  Jamie Cournoyer (6-3, Fr., 3.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg)
G  #4   Danielle O'Banion (5-7, Fr., 3.5 ppg, 1.0 rpg)
Boston College Career Stats vs. Connecticut
Name            G-GS    FGM-A   3FGM-A  FTM-A   Reb.-Avg.   A   Pts.-Avg.
Cal Bouchard    2-2     5-18    2-9     3-5     6-3.0       4   15-7.5
Allison Booth   2-0     4-13    1-1     5-12    10-5.0      1   14-7.0
Kim Beezer      5-2     7-23    1-5     2-5     13-2.6      5   17-3.4
Alissa Murphy   2-1     1-7     0-1     3-4     4-2.0       1   5-2.5   
Whitney Steele  3-2     2-14    0-0     1-2     13-4.3      1   5-1.7
Aimee McGuire   2-0     1-6     1-2     0-0     1-0.5       3   3-1.5
Paula Bacso     3-0     2-13    1-3     0-0     11-3.7      2   5-1.7

LAST GAME: Boston College won its third consecutive game, defeating the University of Pittsburgh, 75-64, at Conte Forum on January 21. Three players scored in double figures for the Eagles, led by Whitney Steele's 23 points. The junior center also led Boston College in rebounding with seven. Sophomore guard Cal Bouchard netted 20 points, including three three-point field goals, and senior Kim Beezer added 11 points and six rebounds. With the score tied 12-12, Pittsburgh went on a 12-4 run and had an eight-point advantage with 6:33 left in the first half. Boston College rallied on two layups by Steele, a three-point field goal by Alissa Murphy, and a basket by Beezer, and regained the lead with 4:09 remaining. The Eagles led Pittsburgh, 31-28, at the half. Pittsburgh tied the game at 47-47, but the Eagles pulled away and had a 14 point lead, its largest lead of the night, with 3:27 remaining in regulation. Boston College outrebounded Pittsburgh, 30-26, and shot 53.1 percent from the field. Kenosha Chastang led Pittsburgh with 21 points. LaTonya Blanton scored 11 points, and Gina Montesano added 10.

WINNING STREAK: The Eagles extended their winning streak to three games with a 75-64 victory over Pittsburgh on January 21. Boston College's last loss was on January 10 when Miami defeated the Eagles, 85-79. Since that loss, the Eagles have defeated Rutgers (74-65), Notre Dame (78-76), and Pittsburgh.

WHO'S HOT: Cal Bouchard has shot 61.2 percent in the last five games, connecting on 38-of-62 attempts from the field. The sophomore guard has also connected on 66.7 percent (18-27) of her three-point field goal attempts and 90.5 percent (19-21) of her free throw attempts in the last five games...The Eagles' three-point field goal percentage in the last five games is 60.4 percent (32-53) and 78.4 percent (98-125) from the free throw line.

LEADING THE NATION: Boston College is currently leading the nation in three-point field goal percentage (.454). The Eagles have connected on 74-of-163 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 shooting 45.5 percent (35-77), and McGuire is shooting 50.0 percent (21-42). Freshman Danielle O'Banion has played in 11 games and has shot 75.0 percent (6-8) from three-point range.

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 17.2 points per game. Junior center Whitney Steele is second on the team in scoring with an average of 15.4 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 74.0 percent from the line, connecting on 287-of-388 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 guards Alissa Murphy and Cal Bouchard are the BIG EAST leaders in free throw percentage. Murphy is shooting 80.7 percent, connecting on 46-of-57 attempts, and Bouchard has connected on 80.8 percent (59-73) from the line.

HOME COURT ADVANTAGE: The Eagles are currently undefeated in BIG EAST games at Conte Forum this season. Boston College has a 5-0 league record at home after defeating West Virginia (64-45), Providence (94-73), Rutgers (74-65), Notre Dame (78-76), and Pittsburgh (75-64). The Eagles are 7-1 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 is currently tied for fifth (76) and McGuire is seventh (74) in three-point field goals made. In career three-point field goals attempted, McGuire is fifth (195) and Bouchard is sixth (191).

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 59-67, and has a career record of 179-141. 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)             59-67
Career Record (12 Years)                    179-141
BIG EAST Regular Season Record (4 Years)    39-42
BIG EAST Tournament Record (4 Years)        1-4
BIG EAST Overall Record (4 Years)           40-46
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 8.4 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 15.4 points per game. The 6-4 center has led the team in scoring in six games, and has scored in double figures 15 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 17 games, Beezer is averaging 5.5 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 17 games for Boston College this season. Bouchard is currently leading the team in scoring with an average of 17.2 points per game. The sophomore guard has scored in double figures in 15 games, and was named to the Comfort Inn Downtown Classic and Corestates Hawk Classic All-Tournament Teams. McGuire is averaging 6.8 points and 2.1 rebounds and has connected on 50.0 percent (21-42) 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 8.2 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 7.1 points and 4.1 rebounds in 16 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 17.1 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 15 games and is averaging 3.5 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.

EAGLES IN THE BIG EAST STATISTICS (Through games of January 23, 1998)
TEAM
Scoring Offense
4th- 74.9 ppg
Scoring Defense
4th- 63.4 ppg
Scoring Margin
2nd- +11.5 (74.9 off.; 63.4 def)
Field Goal Percentage
2nd- 47.3 (456-965)
3-Point FG Percentage
1st- 45.4 (74-163)
Free Throw Percentage
1st- 74.0 (287-388)
Field Goal Percentage Defense
5th- 39.8 (398-999)
3-Point FG Percentage Defense
4th- 31.9 (67-210)
Rebounding Offense
10th- 37.2 rpg
Rebounding Defense
2nd- 34.9 rpg
Rebounding Margin
4th- +2.3 (BC Avg.- 37.2; Opp. Avg.- 34.9)
Assist/Turnover Ratio
2nd- 0.96 (Asst. Avg. 14.4; TO Avg. 15.4)
INDIVIDUAL
Scoring
4th- Cal Bouchard (17.2 ppg)
8th- Whitney Steele (15.4 ppg)
Field Goal Pct.
5th- Cal Bouchard- 50.3 (99-197) 
6th- Whitney Steele- 50.2 (110-219)
Free Throw Pct.
4th- Cal Bouchard - 80.8 (59-73)
5th- Alissa Murphy - 80.7 (46-57)
 
3-Pt. Field Goal Pct.
2nd- Cal Bouchard- 45.5 (35-77)
3-Pt. Field Goals Made
5th- Cal Bouchard- 2.06
Blocked Shots
9th- Whitney Steele (1.00 per game)
EAGLE UPDATES

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

Third on the team in scoring (8.4 ppg) and rebounding (4.9 rpg)...Has started all 17 games for the Eagles and is averaging 23.8 minutes...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)
            6 vs. Alabama (12/28/97)
    Steals      2 vs. four 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     6 vs. Alabama (12/28/97)
    Steals      2 vs. Alabama (12/28/97)
    Blocks      1 vs. Holy Cross (12/9/97)
            1 vs. Yale (12/29/97)
            1 vs. Notre Dame (1/17/98)

KIM BEEZER
(Sr., G, 5-8, River Vale, NJ, Pascack Valley HS)

Averaging 5.5 points and is second on the team with 5.1 rebounds per game...Has started all 17 games and is averaging 26.1 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    9 vs. St. John's (12/31/97)
    Assists     6 vs. Towson (11/28/97)
            6 vs. St. John's (12/31/97)
    Steals      3 vs. Marist (11/20/97)
    Blocks      None

ALLISON BOOTH
(Jr., C, 6-4, Kennebunk, ME, Kennebunk HS)

Averaging 7.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game...Sprained her right ankle at Miami on January 10 and missed the game against Rutgers on January 14...Returned on January 17 against Notre Dame and scored 14 points...Has played in 16 games, and is averaging 17.1 minutes...Recorded a double-double at Villanova on January 3, scoring 13 points and grabbing a career-high 14 rebounds...Earned her only start of the season in the December 21 exhibition game against Nor'Easter Storm... The teams' top rebounder in three games...Scored a season-high 15 points in the victory over Texas on November 23.

Booth's Career Highs
    Points      20 vs. West Virginia (1/19/97)  
    Rebounds        14 vs. Villanova (1/3/98)
    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    14 vs. Villanova (1/3/98)
    Assists     2 vs. West Virginia (12/6/97)
    Steals      1 vs. three opponents
    Blocks      1 vs. five opponents

CAL BOUCHARD
(So., G, 5-7, Aurora, Ontario, Aurora HS)

First on the team in scoring with an average of 17.2 points per game...Averaging 3.8 assists per game...Has started all 17 games and is averaging 35.0 minutes per game...Scored in double figures in 15 games...Earned BIG EAST Player of the Week honors twice (Nov. 24 and Jan. 19)...Earned All-Tournament honors at the Comfort Inn Downtown Classic and Corestates Hawk Classic...A Pre-Season All-BIG EAST Second-Team selection...Scored a career-high 32 points in the victory over Texas on November 23...Netted 28 points (9-10 FG, 6-7 3-pt., 4-5 FT) and grabbed a season-high six rebounds in the win over Rutgers on January 14...Hit a driving layup with five seconds remaining in regulation to give the Eagles a 78-76 win over Notre Dame on January 17...Has led the team in scoring in nine games... Registered a career-high six three-point field goals against Rutgers on January 14.

Bouchard's Career Highs
    Points      32 vs. Texas (11/23/97) 
    3-pt. FG's      6 vs. Rutgers (1/14/98)
    Rebounds        6 vs. Weber State (12/20/96)
            6 vs. Rutgers (1/14/98)
    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  6 vs. Rutgers (1/14/98)
    Rebounds    6 vs. Rutgers (1/14/98)
    Assists     7 vs. Georgia Tech (11/29/97)
    Steals      3 vs. West Virginia (12/6/97)
            3 vs. Yale (12/29/97)
            3 vs. Notre Dame (1/17/98)
    Blocks      None

AIMEE MCGUIRE
(Sr., G, 5-8, Ridgewood, NJ, Ridgewood HS)

The team captain...Averaging 6.8 points and 2.1 rebounds... Has started all 17 games and is averaging 29.7 minutes... Averaging 2.6 assists per game...Has connected on 50.0 percent (21-42) of her three-point field goal attempts...Netted a season-high 16 points against Providence on Jan. 8...Pulled down a season-high six rebounds at St. John's on Dec. 31.

        McGuire's Career Highs
    Points      19 vs. Canisius (11/25/94)
    3-pt. FG's  4 vs. Miami (3/2/97)
    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      16 vs. Providence (1/8/98)
    3-pt. FG's  3 vs. St. John's (12/31/97)
            3 vs. Providence (1/8/98)
            3 vs. Notre Dame (1/17/98)
    Rebounds    6 vs. St. John's (12/31/97)
    Assists     6 vs. Marist (11/20/97)
    Steals      3 vs. Alabama (12/28/97)
    Blocks      None

ALISSA MURPHY
(So., G, 5-10, San Diego, CA, Scripps Ranch HS)

Fourth on the team in scoring with an average of 8.2 points per game...Averaging 22.9 minutes of play in 17 games...Has scored in double figures in seven games...Pumped in a career-high 18 points and pulled down a season-high nine rebounds against Providence on January 8...Scored 17 points against Texas on November 23 and Georgia Tech on November 29...Netted 15 points and pulled down seven rebounds against Holy Cross on December 9.

Murphy's Career Highs
    Points      18 vs. Providence (1/8/98)
    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. seven opponents
Murphy's Season Highs
    Points      18 vs. Providence (1/8/98)
    Rebounds    9 vs. Providence (1/8/98)
    Assists     5 vs. Georgetown (12/2/97)
    Steals      1 vs. six opponents
    Blocks      1 vs. four opponents

DANIELLE O'BANION
(Fr., G, 5-7, Arlington, VA, Episcopal HS)

Has played in 11 games, averaging 7.8 minutes...Averaging 3.5 points and 1.0 rebounds...Scored a season-high 11 points in the victory at St. John's on December 31, including three three-point field goals...Netted 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.

O'Banion's Season Highs
    Points      11 vs. St. John's (12/31/97)
    3-pt. FG's      3 vs. Holy Cross (12/9/97)
            3 vs. St. John's (12/31/97) 
    Rebounds        3 vs. Holy Cross (12/9/97)
            3 vs. St. John's (12/31/97)
    Assists     1 vs. Alabama (12/28/97)
            1 vs. St. John's (12/31/97)
    Steals      2 vs. Providence (1/8/98)
    Blocks      None

WHITNEY STEELE
(Jr., C, 6-4, Harrington Park, NJ, Northern Valley-Old Tappan HS)

Leads the team in rebounding (5.6 rpg) and is second in scoring (15.4 ppg)...Has started all 17 games and is averaging 28.8 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...Has led the team in scoring in six games... Named to the All-Tournament team at the Comfort Inn Downtown Classic... Netted 24 points in the victory over Towson on November 28...Led the Eagles in scoring, pumping in 23 points and grabbing seven rebounds against Pittsburgh on January 21.

        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. four opponents
    Blocks      5 vs. Marist (11/20/97)

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