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Feb. 4, 1998

BC Travels to Providence

BOSTON COLLEGE 
(12-8, 7-5 BIG EAST)
VS.
PROVIDENCE 
(9-10, 5-6 BIG EAST)

DATE:  Wednesday, February 4, 1998
GAME TIME:  7:00 p.m.
SITE:  Providence, Rhode Island
ARENA (Capacity): Alumni Hall (2,620)

COACHES: Cathy Inglese (Southern Connecticut '80), currently in her fifth season at Boston College, has a record of 59-70 with the Eagles. Inglese's overall coaching record is 179-144 in 12 years. She is assisted by Pam Borton, Kelly Cole, and Bill Gould. Jim Jabir (Nazareth '84) is in his second season at Providence. He is assisted by Mary Helen Walker, Serry Jones, and Kerri Reaves. Jabir's overall coaching record is 180-145 in 12 years. Prior to his arrival at Providence, he served as the head coach at Marquette (1990-96), Siena (1989-90), and Buffalo State (1986-87).

SERIES RECORD:  Providence leads, 29-9 
Home: 5-16; Away: 2-12; Neutral: 2-1

Boston College and Providence have played 38 games and the Friars have a 29-9 advantage in the series. The Eagles have won the last two games in the series. Prior to last year's 85-80 victory over Providence on February 5, 1997, the Friars had a five-game winning streak in the series. Earlier this season, Boston College hosted Providence and defeated the Friars, 94-73, on January 8. The last time that the Eagles won at Providence was on February 13, 1994, when Boston College defeated the Friars, 90-84.

SERIES SCORES:

3/2/77  L   H   30-48
1/30/78 L   A   38-76
1/29/79 L   H   50-54
1/28/80 L   H   43-68
1/19/83 L   H   60-75
3/4/83  L   A   38-56
1/11/84 L   H   46-61
1/8/85  W   H   71-56
2/6/85  L   A   69-77
2/28/85 W   N   73-59
1/7/86  L   A   71-87
2/5/86  L   H   71-77
3/1/86  L   H   78-95
1/21/87 L   H   72-73
2/21/87 L   A   86-87
2/28/87 W   N   64-63
1/9/88  L   A   69-77
2/10/88 W   H   77-63
12/10/88    L   H   55-63
1/28/89 L   H   78-96
1/10/90 W   A   78-73
2/10/90 L   H   72-73
1/10/91 L   H   72-76
2/9/91  L   A   68-97
1/8/92  L   H   80-92
2/8/92  L   A   72-102
1/23/93 L   A   71-103
2/24/93 W   H   77-70
3/5/93  L   A   71-81
1/8/94  L   H   73-91
2/13/94 W   A   90-84
3/5/94  L   N   86-96 (OT)
1/25/95 L   A   61-92
2/22/95 L   H   75-82
1/27/96 L   A   56-63
2/17/96 L   H   56-83
2/5/97  W   H   85-80
1/8/98  W   H   94-73

SCOUTING PROVIDENCE: The Friars are currently 9-10 overall and have a 5-6 record in the BIG EAST Conference. Two players are averaging double figures in scoring, led by freshman forward Jen Gombotz and sophomore guard Meghan Hinds' 12.7 points per game. Gombotz also leads the Friars with an average of 5.0 rebounds per game. Senior forward Kerri Chatten's 16.6 points and 8.5 rebounds per game leads the Friars, but she has been sidelined with an ankle injury for seven games. Chatten is not expected to play in Wednesday's game.

LAST MEETING: Five players scored in double figures to lead Boston College to a 94-73 victory over Providence College at Conte Forum on January 8. The Eagles controlled the tempo of the game early, as sophomore guard Cal Bouchard scored 19 points and Boston College shot 70 percent in the first half. Providence opened the game with a 5-0 lead, but the Eagles went on a 33-16 run and connected on five-of-eight three point field goals. Boston College outrebounded the Friars, 22-13, and led 52-32 at halftime. Providence opened the second half with a 12-6 run and cut the Eagles lead to 14 points with 14:21 remaining in the game. The Friars made one last run that cut the Boston College lead to 11 points with 6:12 left in the contest, but the Eagles rallied to secure the 20-point victory.

Bouchard finished with 23 points and sophomore guard Alissa Murphy added 18 points and nine rebounds. Senior guard Aimee McGuire scored 16 points, and junior forward Allison Booth netted 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Eagles. Junior center Whitney Steele scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Five players scored in double figures for Providence, led by by Monika Roberts' 16 points and seven rebounds.

 January 8, 1998
PROVIDENCE 73   
NAME            FG      3FG     FT      R   PF  TP  A   MIN
J. Gombotz      4-12    2-5     3-6     4   4   13  0   33
D. Simonelli    4-7     0-0     0-0     5   2   8   0   19
M. Roberts      7-11    0-0     2-3     7   2   16  2   25
M. Saunders     4-12    3-6     2-2     3   3   13  4   38
M. Hinds        5-14    1-3     0-1     1   4   11  1   30
A. Charbonneau  0-1     0-0     0-0     1   2   0   0   15  
A. Drechsler    0-0     0-0     0-0     2   1   0   0   4
K. Sullivan     5-11    0-0     2-2     4   1   12  0   23
D. Trippany     0-4     0-0     0-0     1   1   0   1   13
TOTALS          19-50   6-14    9-14    33  20  73  8   200
BOSTON COLLEGE 94
NAME            FG      3FG     FT      R   PF  TP  A   MIN
K. Beezer       1-4     0-0     0-0     2   2   2   1   13
P. Bacso        3-6     0-0     2-2     1   2   8   1   20
W. Steele       4-8     0-0     4-6     8   3   12  1   29
C. Bouchard     8-11    3-4     4-4     1   1   23  1   36
A. McGuire      5-7     3-4     3-6     3   3   16  4   34
D. O'Banion     1-1     0-0     0-0     0   0   2   0   7
A. Murphy       7-9     0-0     4-4     9   0   18  3   30
J. Cournoyer    0-0     0-0     0-0     0   1   0   0   2
A. Booth        4-9     0-1     5-7     8   1   13  0   26
S. Rainer       0-1     0-0     0-0     0   0   0   0   3
TOTALS          33-56   6-9     22-29   33  13  94  11  200
Halftime Score - BC 52, PU 32; 
Team Rebounds - PU 5, BC 7;
Turnovers - PU 11, BC 11; 
Technicals - None; 
Attendance - 378; 
Game Officials - Patty Broderick, Angela Lewis, Mark Zentz.

Boston College vs. Providence

                        Boston College  Providence
Points Per Game             70.9            75.4    
Opponents Points Per Game   63.8            83.6
Field Goals                 44.7 (509-1139) 42.6 (493-1157)
Opponents Field Goals       40.2 (468-1164) 43.1 (557-1292)
Free Throws                 73.2 (317-433)  68.8 (344-500)
Opponents Free Throws       66.0 (262-397)  68.5 (359-524)
3-Pt. Field Goals           40.0 (82-205)   33.9 (102-301)
Opp. 3-Pt. Field Goals      32.8 (78-238)   37.1 (115-310)
Rebounds                    37.2            37.7
Opponents Rebounds          35.8            43.4
Assists                     13.6            16.4
Opponents Assists           11.3            19.0
Turnovers                   15.7            20.7
Opponents Turnovers         16.4            18.5
Blocks                      2.0             3.8
Opponents Blocks            1.1             2.4
Steals                      5.6             7.6
Opponents Steals            8.2             12.5

PROBABLE BOSTON COLLEGE STARTERS

F   #23 Kim Beezer  (5-8, Sr., 4.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg)
F   #44 Paula Bacso (6-1, Jr., 8.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg)
C   #32 Whitney Steele (6-4, Jr., 14.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg)
G   #5  Cal Bouchard (5-7, So., 16.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg)
G   #24 Aimee McGuire (5-8, Sr., 6.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg)

EAGLES OFF THE BENCH

G  #12  Alissa Murphy (5-10, So., 8.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg) 
C  #33  Allison Booth (6-4, Jr., 6.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg)
C  #20  Jamie Cournoyer (6-3, Fr., 3.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg)
G  #4   Danielle O'Banion (5-7, Fr., 3.0 ppg, 0.8 rpg)

LAST GAME: Boston College lost its third straight game as Villanova defeated the Eagles, 48-35, at Conte Forum on January 31. The Eagles shot only 24.6 percent from the field, connecting on 14-of-57 attempts, and only scored 14 points in the second half.

The Eagles led Villanova, 21-19, at halftime, despite shooting only 29.6 percent (8-27) from the field. Villanova opened the second half with a 21-9 run and led the Eagles, 40-30, with 3:35 remaining in regulation. The Wildcats connected on eight free throws in the final minutes to secure the 48-35 victory. Boston College outrebounded Villanova, 45-36.

The game marked the second time this season that Villanova defeated the Eagles. Villanova's defense has held opponents under 60 points in 13 of the 14 victories.

Jenny Higgins led Villanova with 16 points, and Jenn Beisel added 12 points and eight rebounds. Alissa Murphy led Boston College with 10 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

MISC. VILLANOVA NOTES: The game marked the second loss of the season to Villanova. The Wildcats defeated Boston College, 50-49, on January 3...In the loss to the Wildcats, the three players coming off the bench netted 16 points and the five starters only accounted for 19 total points...The starters pulled down a total of 20 rebounds and the bench accounted for 17 in the loss...Boston College's total points (35), field goals made (14) and field goal percentage (24.6) were all season-lows...The Eagles committed a season-low seven turnovers against Villanova.

MURPHY'S DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Alissa Murphy registered the second double-double of her career on January 31 against Villanova. The sophomore guard led the Eagles in scoring and rebounding, registering 10 points and 10 rebounds in the 48-35 loss to the Wildcats. Murphy's 10 rebounds tied a previous career-high.

WHO'S HOT: Sophomore guard Alissa Murphy has provided a spark for the Eagles in the last three games. In the three contests, she has averaged 13.0 points and 7.0 rebounds, and has connected on 60 percent (6-10) of her free throw attempts. Murphy has scored in double figures in the last three games.

STREAKS: Boston College has a three-game losing streak after dropping games at Connecticut (86-53), Syracuse (64-56), and at home against Villanova (48-35)...Prior to the game at Connecticut, the Eagles had a three-game winning streak...Alissa Murphy has scored in double figures in three straight games...Cal Bouchard's streak of nine consecutive games scoring in double figures was snapped at Connecticut on January 25. The sophomore guard netted only nine points in the 86-53 loss...Whitney Steele had a streak of seven games scoring in double figures snapped in the loss to Villanova on January 31.

HOME SWEET HOME: The Eagles are 5-1 in BIG EAST games at Conte Forum this season. Boston College won its first five league games at home. The Eagles defeated West Virginia (64-45), Providence (94-73), Rutgers (74-65), Notre Dame (78-76), and Pittsburgh (75-64). Boston College is currently 7-2 overall in Conte Forum this season. The two losses were to Holy Cross (80-68) and Villanova (48-35).

ROAD WOES: The Eagles have not won away from Conte Forum since December 31. Boston College has a 2-5 record in road games, and a 2-4 mark in BIG EAST away contests. The last time that the Eagles won on the road was a 74-54 victory at St. John's on December 31. Last season, Boston College finished with a 9-3 record in away contests, including a 7-2 mark in league road games.

LEADING THE NATION: Boston College continues to lead the nation in three-point field goal percentage and is 15th in free throw percentage. The Eagles have connected on 82-of-205 (40 percent) three-point field goal attempts, including a season-high 72.7 percent (8-11) in the victory over Rutgers on January 14. Boston College is shooting 73.2 percent from the free throw line, connecting on 317-of-433 attempts in 20 games.

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.

BIG EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Cal Bouchard was named BIG EAST Conference Player of the Week on January 19, after leading the Eagles to victories over Rutgers and Notre Dame. 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.

BIG EAST PLAYER OF THE WEEK (continued): 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.

SCORING: The Eagles are averaging 70.9 points per game, and two players are averaging double figures in scoring. Boston College opponents are averaging 63.8 points per game.

Sophomore guard Cal Bouchard leads the team in scoring with 16.2 points per game. Junior center Whitney Steele is second on the team in scoring with an average of 14.6 points per game. Both players are among the top 10 (Bouchard-5th; Steele- 8th) in BIG EAST scoring. Boston College is currently first in the BIG EAST conference in three-point field goal percentage (40.0) and free throw percentage (73.2).

BALANCED OFFENSE: 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).

VS. RANKED OPPONENTS: This season the Eagles are 1-1 against teams ranked in the Top 25. On November 23, the Eagles defeated No. 25 Texas, 82-68, at the Reebok Classic. Boston College lost to No. 2 Connecticut, 86-53, at the Hartford Civic Center on January 25. 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.

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 fifth (77) and McGuire is seventh (75) in three-point field goals made. In career three-point field goals attempted, McGuire is fifth (205) and Bouchard is sixth (201).

DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Juniors Paula Bacso, Allison Booth, and Whitney Steele, and sophomore Alissa Murphy 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. Murphy scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the loss to Villanova on January 31.

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 59-70, and has a career record of 179-144. 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)              59-70
Career Record (12 Years)                    179-144
BIG EAST Regular Season Record (4 Years)     39-45
BIG EAST Tournament Record (4 Years)          1-4
BIG EAST Overall Record (4 Years)            40-49
NCAA Record (2 appearances)                   0-2

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.

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.

FRONTCOURT: Juniors Paula Bacso and Whitney Steele, and senior Kim Beezer have been a tough frontcourt combination for opponents this season. Bacso is averaging 8.0 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 14.6 points per game. The 6-4 center has led the team in scoring in seven games, and has scored in double figures 17 times this season. Steele has led the team in rebounding in eight games. Beezer has played a key role for the Eagles this season, providing a spark with her intense style of play. A starter in all 20 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 5.0 per game.

BACKCOURT: The backcourt tandem of Cal Bouchard and Aimee McGuire has started all 20 games for Boston College this season. Bouchard is currently leading the team in scoring with an average of 16.2 points per game. The sophomore guard has scored in double figures in 16 games, and was named to the Comfort Inn Downtown Classic and Corestates Hawk Classic All-Tournament Teams. McGuire is averaging 6.1 points and 2.1 rebounds and has connected on 42.3 percent (23-52) 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 third on the team in scoring with an average of 8.9 points per game. Murphy netted a career-high 18 points and pulled down nine rebounds against Providence on January 8.

Junior Allison Booth is averaging 6.4 points and 3.7 rebounds in 19 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 15.9 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 18 games and is averaging 3.3 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 13 games and is averaging 3.0 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.

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     

ACTIVE CAREER SCORING LIST

Paula Bacso- 395 Points Kim Beezer- 560 Points Allison Booth- 288 Points Cal Bouchard- 661 Points Jamie Cournoyer- 60 Points Aimee McGuire- 453 Points Alissa Murphy- 327 Points Danielle O'Banion- 39 Points Whitney Steele- 564 Points

ACTIVE CAREER REBOUNDING LIST

Paula Bacso- 269 Rebounds Kim Beezer- 564 Rebounds Allison Booth- 167 Rebounds Cal Bouchard- 128 Rebounds Jamie Cournoyer- 42 Rebounds Aimee McGuire- 161 Rebounds Alissa Murphy- 201 Rebounds Danielle O'Banion- 11 Rebounds Whitney Steele- 253 Rebounds

Women's Basketball Schedule/Results


(12-8, 7-5 BIG EAST) NOVEMBER 20 MARIST W- 104-60 23 No. 25 TEXAS! W- 82-68 28 Towson$ W- 82-53 29 Georgia Tech$ L- 79-81 DECEMBER 2 at Georgetown* W- 70-60 6 WEST VIRGINIA* W- 64-45 9 HOLY CROSS L- 68-80 11 HARTFORD W- 73-47 28 Alabama# L- 70-79 OT 29 Yale# W- 58-38 31 at St. John's* W- 74-54 JANUARY 3 at Villanova* L- 49-50 8 PROVIDENCE* W- 94-73 10 at Miami* L- 79-85 14 RUTGERS* W- 74-65 17 NOTRE DAME* (BIG EAST TV) W- 78-76 21 PITTSBURGH* W- 75-64 25 at No. 2 Connecticut* L- 53-86 28 at Syracuse* L- 56-64 31 VILLANOVA* L- 35-48 FEBRUARY 4 at Providence* 7:00 p.m. 7 GEORGETOWN* 1:00 p.m. 11 SETON HALL* 7:00 p.m. 18 at West Virginia* 7:00 p.m. 21 at Rutgers* (BIG EAST TV) 2:00 p.m. 24 ST. JOHN'S* 7:00 p.m. 28-Mar. 3 BIG EAST Tournament (at Piscataway, NJ) Home Games In Bold *BIG EAST Games !Reebok Classic (at FleetCenter, Boston, MA) $Comfort Inn Downtown Classic (Atlanta, GA) # Corestates Hawk Classic (Philadelphia, PA) EAGLES ON THE NET

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BIG EAST CONFERENCE STANDINGS

                BIG EAST                        OVERALL
BE 6            W-L     Pct.    H   A   N       W-L     Pct.    H       A       N
Connecticut     11-0    1.000   6-0 5-0 0-0     21-1    .955    13-0    7-1     1-0
Notre Dame      8-4     .667    4-1 4-3 0-0     14-6    .700    8-1     6-5     0-0
Villanova       8-4     .667    5-1 3-3 0-0     14-6    .700    7-1     4-4     3-1
Boston College  7-5     .583    5-1 2-4 0-0     12-8    .600    7-2     2-5     3-1
West Virginia   6-6     .500    4-1 2-5 0-0     10-9    .526    6-2     4-7     0-0
St. John's      3-9     .250    2-4 1-5 0-0     5-15    .250    3-7     1-5     1-3

                BIG EAST                        OVERALL
BE 7            W-L     Pct.    H   A   N       W-L     Pct.    H       A       N
Rutgers         8-3     .727    6-0 2-3 0-0     12-7    .632    9-1     2-6     1-0
Miami           7-4     .636    5-0 2-4 0-0     12-7    .632    8-1     3-6     1-0
Syracuse        6-6     .500    5-2 1-4 0-0     11-9    .550    6-3     3-6     2-0
Providence      5-6     .455    3-2 2-4 0-0     9-10    .474    5-3     3-6     1-1
Seton Hall      3-8     .273    2-4 1-4 0-0     5-14    .263    2-6     2-6     1-2
Georgetown      2-9     .182    1-5 1-4 0-0     5-14    .263    4-7     1-7     0-0
Pittsburgh      1-11    .083    1-5 0-6 0-0     4-15    .211    3-7     0-8     1-0
BOSTON COLLEGE ROSTER
    00  Aisha BAIN
    4   Danielle O'BANION
    5   Cal BOUCHARD
    12  Alissa MURPHY
    15  Jill MIGLIERO
    20  Jamie COURNOYER
    22  Tish FEW
    23  Kim BEEZER
    24  Aimee MCGUIRE
    32  Whitney STEELE
    33  Allison BOOTH
    35  Shawna RAINER
    44  Paula BACSO

1997-98 Awards/Honors

Cal Bouchard
Pre-Season All-BIG EAST Second Team
BIG EAST Co-Player of the Week (Nov. 24)
BIG EAST Player of the Week (Jan. 19)
Comfort Inn Downtown Classic All-Tournament Team 
Corestates Hawk Classic All-Tournament Team 
Whitney Steele
Comfort Inn Downtown Classic All-Tournament Team 
Boston College Career Records
3-PT Field Goals Made
1.  133 Ann Odoy (1984-88)
2.  103 Sarah Behn (1989-93)
3.  100 Kerry Curran (1990-94)
4.  99  Joanie Gallagher (1991-95)
5.  77  Cal Bouchard (1996-)
6.  76  Mandy West (1995-97)
7.  75  Aimee McGuire (1994-)
8.  50  Amy LaCombe (1986-90)
    
3-PT Field Goals Attempted
1.  342 Ann Odoy (1984-88)
2.  321 Joanie Gallagher (1991-95)
3.  248 Sarah Behn (1989-93)
4.  226 Mandy West (1995-97)
5.  205 Aimee McGuire (1994-)
6.  201 Cal Bouchard (1996-)
7.  186 Kerry Curran (1990-94)
8.  138 Amy LaCombe (1986-90)

EAGLES IN THE BIG EAST STATISTICS

(Through games of February 2, 1998) 

TEAM
Scoring Offense
7th- 70.8 ppg
Scoring Defense
4th- 63.8 ppg
Scoring Margin
4th- +7.0 (70.8 off.; 63.8 def)
Field Goal Percentage
3rd- 44.7 (509-1139)
3-Point FG Percentage
1st- 40.0 (82-205)
Free Throw Percentage
1st- 73.2 (317-433)
Field Goal Percentage Defense
6th- 40.2 (468-1164)
3-Point FG Percentage Defense
5th- 32.8 (78-238)
Rebounding Offense
9th- 37.2 rpg
Rebounding Defense
4th- 35.8 rpg
Rebounding Margin
5th- +1.5 (BC Avg.- 37.2; Opp. Avg.- 35.8)
Assist/Turnover Ratio
3rd- 0.86 (Asst. Avg. 13.6; TO Avg. 15.8)
INDIVIDUAL
Scoring
5th- Cal Bouchard (16.2 ppg)
8th- Whitney Steele (14.6 ppg)
Field Goal Pct.
5th- Whitney Steele- 49.0 (124-253)
9th- Cal Bouchard- 47.0 (108-230) 
Free Throw Pct.
7th- Alissa Murphy- 77.6 (52-67)
8th- Cal Bouchard - 76.6 (72-94)
 
3-Pt. Field Goal Pct.
2nd- Cal Bouchard- 41.4 (36-87)
3-Pt. Field Goals Made
8th- Cal Bouchard- 1.80
Blocked Shots
7th- Whitney Steele (1.10 per game)

INDIVIDUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Led Team In Scoring
Paula Bacso (1 game)
Allison Booth (1 game)
Cal Bouchard (10 games)
Alissa Murphy (2, 1 tie for the lead)
Whitney Steele (7 games, 1 tie for the lead)
Led Team In Rebounding
Paula Bacso (6, 3 ties for the lead)
Kim Beezer (4, 2 ties for the lead)
Allison Booth (3 games)
Cal Bouchard (1 game)
Jamie Cournoyer (1 tie for the lead)
Alissa Murphy (2 games)
Whitney Steele (8, 2 ties for the lead)
Led Team In Assists
Paula Bacso (2 games, 1 tie for the lead)
Kim Beezer (3 games, 2 ties for the lead)
Cal Bouchard (11, 5 ties for the lead)
Aimee McGuire (4, 3 ties for the lead)
Alissa Murphy (4, 2 ties for the lead)
Whitney Steele (1 game)
30+ Game
Cal Bouchard (1 game)
20+ Games
Cal Bouchard (6 games)
Whitney Steele (6 games) 
    RECORD OF BC STARTING LINEUPS:
Beezer, Bacso, Steele, Bouchard, McGuire    12-8

EAGLES RECORD WHEN...

Leading at the half:    12-2
Trailing at the half:   0-5
Tied at the half:   0-1
BC outrebounds opponent:    9-2
Opponent outrebounds BC:    3-6
BC FG% is 50.0 or higher:   5-2
BC FG% is below 50.0:   7-6
BC has more FT attempts than opponent:  10-2
BC has fewer FT attempts than opponent: 1-6
BC has equal FT attempts as opponent:   1-0
BC scores more than 80 points:  4-0
BC scores 70-79 points: 6-3
BC scores 60-69 points: 1-1
BC scores fewer than 60 points: 1-4
BC allows more than 80 points:  0-4
BC allows 70-79 points: 2-1
BC allows 60-69 points: 5-1
BC allows fewer than 60 points: 5-2

EAGLES BY THE NUMBERS...

Overall:    12-8    
Home Games: 7-2
Road Games: 2-5
Neutral Games:  3-1
Tournament Games:   2-2
BIG EAST Games: 7-5
BIG EAST Home Games:    5-1
BIG EAST Road Games:    2-4
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:  4-4
Night Games:    8-4
November Games: 3-1
December Games: 5-2
January Games:  4-5
Overtime Games: 0-1
Television Games:   2-2
vs. Ranked Teams:   1-1

DOUBLE FIGURE GAMES

Scoring
Paula Bacso (6)-        (18)- Dec. 2- Georgetown
            (13)- Dec. 29- Yale
            (12)- Dec. 31- St. John's
            (12)- Jan. 17- Notre Dame
            (11)- Jan. 10- Miami
            (10)- Nov. 20- Marist 
Kim Beezer (3)-     (16)- Nov. 28- Towson
            (12)- Dec. 2- Georgetown
            (11)- Jan. 21- Pittsburgh
Allison Booth (6)-  (15)- Nov. 23- Texas
            (14)- Jan. 17- Notre Dame 
            (13)- Jan. 3- Villanova
            (13)- Jan. 8- Providence
            (11)- Nov. 20- Marist 
            (11)- Dec. 28- Alabama
Cal Bouchard (16)-  (32)- Nov. 23- Texas
            (28)- Jan. 14- Rutgers
            (27)- Nov. 29- Georgia Tech
            (23)- Jan. 8- Providence
            (23)- Jan. 10- Miami
            (20)- Dec. 28- Alabama
            (20)- Jan. 21- Pittsburgh
            (19)- Jan. 17- Notre Dame
            (18)- Jan. 28- Syracuse
            (17)- Dec. 31- St. John's 
            (14)- Dec. 6- West Virginia
            (12)- Dec. 2- Georgetown
            (12)- Jan. 3- Villanova
            (11)- Nov. 20- Marist
            (11)-Nov. 28- Towson
            (11)-Dec. 29- Yale
Jamie Cournoyer (2)-    (12)- Nov. 28- Towson   
            (11)- Jan. 10- Miami
Aimee McGuire (6)-      (16)- Jan. 8- Providence
            (11)- Dec. 31- St. John's
            (11)- Jan. 17- Notre Dame
            (10)- Nov. 20- Marist 
            (10)- Dec. 29- Yale
            (10)- Jan. 10- Miami
Alissa Murphy (10)-     (18)- Jan. 8- Providence
            (17)- Nov. 23- Texas
            (17)- Nov. 29- Georgia Tech
            (17)- Jan. 28- Syracuse 
            (15)- Dec. 9- Holy Cross
            (13)- Dec. 11- Hartford
            (12)- Nov. 20- Marist
            (12)- Jan. 25- Connecticut
            (11)- Jan. 10- Miami
            (10)- Jan. 31- Villanova
Danielle O'Banion (1)-  (11)- Dec. 31- St. John's
Whitney Steele (17)-    (25)- Dec. 9- Holy Cross
            (24)- Nov. 28- Towson
            (23)- Jan. 21- Pittsburgh
            (22)- Dec. 11-Hartford
            (20)- Nov. 20- Marist
            (20)- Nov. 29- Georgia Tech
            (19)- Dec. 28- Alabama
            (15)- Dec. 29- Yale
            (14)- Dec. 2- Georgetown
            (13)- Jan. 10- Miami
            (13)- Jan. 14- Rutgers 
            (12)- Jan. 8- Providence
            (12)- Jan. 25- Connecticut
            (11)- Dec. 6- West Virginia
            (11)- Dec. 31- St. John's
            (10)- Jan. 17- Notre Dame
            (10)- Jan. 28- Syracuse
Rebounding
Paula Bacso (2)-        (11)- Dec. 2- Georgetown
            (10)- Nov. 20-Marist
Allison Booth (1)-  (14)- Jan. 3-Villanova
Alissa Murphy (1)-  (10)-Jan. 31- Villanova
Whitney Steele (1)- (11)- Dec. 11- Hartford
    Assists Steals
    None    None

Production Breakdown

                    Points  Rebounds
Opponent        Starters/Reserves   Starters/Reserves
Marist (11/20)      59/45           26/16
Texas (11/23)       48/34           13/19
Towson (11/28)      56/26           14/20
Georgia Tech (11/29)51/30           22/12
Georgetown (12/2)   58/12           32/11
W. Virginia (12/6)  44/20           26/22
Holy Cross (12/9)   44/24           28/11
Hartford (12/11)    44/29           21/10
Alabama (12/28)     57/13           21/13
Yale (12/29)        49/9            22/12
St. John's (12/31)  53/21           24/9
Villanova (1/3)     32/17           20/18
Providence (1/8)    61/33           15/17
Miami (1/10)        57/22           14/7
Rutgers (1/14)      62/12           15/6
Notre Dame (1/17)   61/17           24/7
Pittsburgh (1/21)   63/12           19/6
Connecticut (1/25)  34/19           21/6
Syracuse (1/28)     35/21           21/9
Villanova (1/31)    19/16           20/17

EAGLE UPDATES

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

Third on the team in rebounding with 4.9 per game...Fourth on the team in scoring with 8.0 points per game...Has started all 20 games for the Eagles and is averaging 25.0 minutes...Led the team in rebounding in six 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)
AISHA BAIN
(So., C/F, 6-2, Trumbull, CT, Trumbull HS)

Joined the team this fall after competing on the Boston College volleyball and track teams as a freshman...Has played in five games for the Eagles this season...Scored one point in two minutes against Marist on November 20... Also played in games against Towson (Nov. 28), West Virginia (Dec. 6), Hartford (Dec. 11), and Yale (Dec. 29).

Bain's Season Highs
    Points      1 vs. Marist (11/20/97)
    Rebounds    None
    Assists     None
    Steals      None
    Blocks      None
KIM BEEZER
(Sr., G, 5-8, River Vale, NJ, Pascack Valley HS)

Averaging 4.9 points and is second on the team with 5.0 rebounds per game...Has started all 20 games and is averaging 26.8 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 6.4 points and 3.7 rebounds per game...Has played in 19 games, and is averaging 15.9 minutes...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...Recorded a double-double at Villanova on January 3, scoring 13 points and grabbing a career-high 14 rebounds...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. four 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 16.2 points per game...Averaging 3.6 assists per game...Has started all 20 games and is averaging 36.4 minutes per game...Scored in double figures in 16 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 10 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
JAMIE COURNOYER
(Fr., C, 6-3, North Attleboro, MA, N. Attleboro HS)

Averaging 3.3 points and 2.3 rebounds per game...Has played in 18 games and is averaging 9.8 minutes...Scored 12 points against Towson on November 28...Netted 11 points at Miami on January 10 ...Pulled down a career-high seven rebounds against West Virginia on December 6.

 Cournoyer's Season Highs
    Points      12 vs. Towson (11/28/97)    
    Rebounds    7 vs. West Virginia (12/6/97)
    Assists     2 vs. Miami (1/10/98)
    Steals      1 vs. four opponents
    Blocks      1 vs. six opponents
TISH FEW
(So., F, 5-10, Stafford, VA, North Stafford HS)

Has played in five games, averaging 4.8 minutes...Averaging 1.0 points and 0.8 rebounds...Scored a season-high five points in the win over Marist on Nov. 20.

Few's Season Highs
    Points      5 vs. Marist (11/20/97) 
    Rebounds   2 vs. Towson (11/28/97)
    Assists     3 vs. Marist (11/20/97)
    Steals      1 vs. Marist (11/20/97)
    Blocks      None
AIMEE MCGUIRE
(Sr., G, 5-8, Ridgewood, NJ, Ridgewood HS)

The team captain...Averaging 6.1 points and 2.1 rebounds... Has started all 20 games and is averaging 30.7 minutes... Averaging 2.3 assists per game...Has connected on 42.3 percent (22-52) 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
JILL MIGLIERO
(Fr., G, 5-6, Lynnfield, MA, Lynnfield HS)

Joined the team this fall as a walk-on...Has played in five games...A four-year letterwinner on the basketball team at Lynnfield High School...An all-league selection...Became the second girl in Lynnfield history to score 1,000 points... As a senior, she served as captain and averaged 23 points per game... An all-league selection in soccer and tennis.

Migliero's Season Highs
    Points      1 vs. Hartford (12/11/97)
    Rebounds    None
    Assists     None
    Steals      1 vs. West Virginia (12/6/97)
    Blocks      None
ALISSA MURPHY
(So., G, 5-10, San Diego, CA, Scripps Ranch HS)

Third on the team in scoring with an average of 8.9 points per game...Averaging 24.3 minutes of play in 20 games...Has scored in double figures in 10 games...Fourth on the team in rebounding with an average of 4.6...Pumped in a career-high 18 points and pulled down nine rebounds against Providence on January 8...Scored 17 points in three games (vs. Texas on November 23; vs. Georgia Tech on November 29; vs. Syracuse on January 28)...Netted 15 points and pulled down seven rebounds against Holy Cross on December 9...Registered a double-double against Villanova on January 31, scoring 10 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

Murphy's Career Highs
    Points      18 vs. Providence (1/8/98)
    Rebounds    10 vs. Georgetown (1/12/97)
                10 vs. Villanova (1/31/98)
    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    10 vs. Villanova (1/31/98)
    Assists     5 vs. Georgetown (12/2/97)
    Steals      2 vs. Connecticut (1/25/98)
    Blocks      1 vs. four opponents
DANIELLE O'BANION
(Fr., G, 5-7, Arlington, VA, Episcopal HS)

Has played in 13 games, averaging 7.6 minutes...Averaging 3.0 points and 0.8 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)
                    1 vs. Connecticut (1/25/98)
    Steals          2 vs. Providence (1/8/98)
    Blocks          None
SHAWNA RAINER
(Jr., F, 6-0, Spokane, WA, North Idaho College)

Has played in eight games, averaging 6.4 minutes...Averaging 2.1 points and 2.0 rebounds...Scored five points and pulled down five rebounds in seven minutes against Marist...Played 12 minutes and registered seven points and two rebounds against Towson.

Rainer's Season Highs
    Points      7 vs. Towson (11/28/97) 
    Rebounds        5 vs. Marist (11/20/97)
    Assists     2 vs. St. John's (12/31/97)
    Steals      None
    Blocks      None
WHITNEY STEELE

(Jr., C, 6-4, Harrington Park, NJ, Northern Valley-Old Tappan HS) Leads the team in rebounding (5.8 rpg) and is second in scoring (14.6 ppg)...Has started all 20 games and is averaging 29.7 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 seven 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)

LAST GAME: The Eagles improved to 2-0 with an 82-68 victory over No. 25 Texas in game two of the Reebok Classic. Sophomore guard Cal Bouchard led Boston College with a career-high 32 points (9-17 FG, 2-6 3-pt., 12-14 FT). Alissa Murphy scored 17 points and junior center Allison Booth netted 15 points and pulled down eight rebounds. Freshman Jamie Cournoyer grabbed six rebounds in 12 minutes of play.

Boston College dropped to 5-2 overall with an 80-68 loss to Holy Cross in Conte Forum on December 9. Junior Amy O'Brien led the Crusaders with 23 points and 15 rebounds, as four players scored in double figures for Holy Cross. The loss was the first for the Eagles at home this season, and it marked the second consecutive victory for the Crusaders in the series. Holy Cross jumped out early, and built leads of 11-4, 13-8, and 22-17, but Boston College rallied to take a 30-29 lead after a Cal Bouchard jumper and two free throws by Alissa Murphy. Junior center Whitney Steele scored 14 points (7-10 FG) in the first half. O'Brien's jumper with 1:28 left in the first half gave Holy Cross a 36-35 lead at halftime.

The Crusaders opened the second half with a 9-3 run, but Boston College battled back to tie the score at 45-45 on a Paula Bacso layup with 14:27 remaining in the game. Holy Cross went on an 18-8 run and the Eagles were unable to close the gap. The Crusaders connected on 14 free throws in the final three minutes of the game to add to their lead and secure the victory. Steele led Boston College with 25 points and nine rebounds and Murphy added 15 points and seven rebounds.

EAGLES IN THE POLLS: Boston College received eight votes in the Associated Press poll and three votes in the USA Today/ESPN poll this week (December 8th). The Eagles have never been ranked in the Top 25, but have received votes in the polls the last three weeks.

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.

COMFORT INN DOWNTOWN CLASSIC: Four players scored in double figures as Boston College defeated Towson University, 82-53, in the opening game of the Comfort Inn Downtown Classic in Atlanta, Georgia, on November 28. The Eagles shot 56.9 percent from the field and outrebounded the Tigers, 39-27. Boston College jumped out to a 27-15 lead and extended the advantage to 43-31 at halftime. The Eagles outscored Towson, 39-22, in the second half for the win. Whitney Steele led all scorers with 24 points, connecting on 11 of 16 attempts from the field. Kim Beezer netted a season-high 16 points (8-11 FG), and added four rebounds and six assists. Freshman Jamie Cournoyer netted 12 points and pulled down six rebounds in 17 minutes of play. Cal Bouchard added 11 points in the win, and junior center Allison Booth grabbed nine rebounds.

COMFORT INN DOWNTOWN CLASSIC (cont.): In the championship game against host Georgia Tech on November 29, the Yellow Jackets rallied from a 21-point deficit to defeat Boston College, 81-79. Georgia Tech's Shelli Novotny scored the winning basket with 1.3 seconds remaining in the game. Bouchard led all scorers with 27 points and handed out seven assists. Steele netted 20 points and pulled down six rebounds and Murphy added 17 points for the Eagles. Boston College led Georgia Tech, 44-36, at halftime, but the Yellow Jackets went on a 20-6 run and tied the game at 64-64 with 7:33 remaining. The Eagles led 74-69 with 3:28 left in the game, but Georgia Tech's Carla Munnion scored five points and gave the Yellow Jackets a 75-74 lead with 2:44 remaining. With the score tied at 79-79, Novotny scored the winning basket with 1.3 seconds remaining.

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.

Boston College defeated Syracuse, 72-55, on February 15, 1997 at Conte Forum to sweep the 1996-97 season series with the Orangewomen. Senior Holly Porter scored 27 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead the Eagles. Boston College dominated in the first half, jumping out to a 37-9 lead and extended that margin to 46-15 at halftime. Boston College shot 53.8 percent from the field in the first half, and Porter led all scorers with 15 points.

Syracuse bounced back in the second half with a 20-7 run in the first nine minutes, cutting the Eagles lead to 18 points, 53-35, with 10:51 left in the game. The Orangewomen outscored Boston College 40-26 in the second half, but the Eagles registered their 10th conference win of the year.

Four Boston College players scored in double figures in the victory. In addition to Porter's 27 points, Aimee McGuire netted 13 points, and Whitney Steele and Cal Bouchard each added 12 points. Bouchard scored four three-point baskets for the Eagles. Teakyta Barnes led Syracuse with 13 points and seven rebounds, and Carmen Glover added 10 points and five rebounds.

Boston College's three-game winning streak was snapped on January 25, as No. 2 Connecticut defeated the Eagles, 86-53, at the Hartford Civic Center. The Eagles dropped to 12-6 overall and 7-3 in the BIG EAST Conference. Sunday's game marked the 16th consecutive loss in the series with the Huskies.

Connecticut led from the beginning and three players scored in double figures to give the Huskies a 46-22 lead at halftime. Boston College shot only 32.0 percent (8-25) from the field in the first half and committed 15 turnovers.

The Huskies extended their lead in the second half, outscoring Boston College 41-30. Four players finished in double figures in scoring as Connecticut shot 51.6 percent from the field. Freshman Svetlana Abrosimova finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, and four steals for the Huskies. Nykesha Sales netted 19 points, Paige Sauer scored 13 points, and Kelly Schumacher added 12. Whitney Steele and Alissa Murphy both scored 12 points to lead Boston College.

Boston College's three-game winning streak was snapped on January 25, as No. 2 Connecticut defeated the Eagles, 86-53, at the Hartford Civic Center. The Eagles dropped to 12-6 overall and 7-3 in the BIG EAST Conference. Sunday's game marked the 16th consecutive loss in the series with the Huskies.

Connecticut led from the beginning and three players scored in double figures to give the Huskies a 46-22 lead at halftime. Boston College shot only 32.0 percent (8-25) from the field in the first half and committed 15 turnovers.

The Huskies extended their lead in the second half, outscoring Boston College 41-30. Four players finished in double figures in scoring as Connecticut shot 51.6 percent from the field. Freshman Svetlana Abrosimova finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, and four steals for the Huskies. Nykesha Sales netted 19 points, Paige Sauer scored 13 points, and Kelly Schumacher added 12. Whitney Steele and Alissa Murphy both scored 12 points to lead Boston College.

Boston College lost its second consecutive game on Wednesday night, as Syracuse defeated the Eagles, 64-56. The loss dropped the Eagles record to 12-7 and 7-4 in the BIG EAST Conference.

Boston College shot only 28.6 percent (8-28) from the field in the first half and trailed Syracuse, 25-24, at halftime. The Eagles opened the second half with a 7-0 run and led the Orangewomen, 31-25, with 17:13 left in the game. Syracuse bounced back with a 12-4 run and regained the lead for good with 9:52 remaining in regulation.

Jakia Ervin led Syracuse with 13 points and eight rebounds and Raquel Nurse added 12 points and seven rebounds. The Eagles shot only 33.9 percent and were outrebounded 46-38. Three Boston College players scored in double figures, led by Cal Bouchard's 18 points. Alissa Murphy netted 17 points and grabbed six rebounds and Whitney Steele added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Eagles.

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.

January 3, 1998
BOSTON COLLEGE 49
NAME        FG      3FG     FT      R   PF  TP  A   MIN
K. Beezer   3-8     0-0     0-1     7   2   6   3   37
P. Bacso    2-7     0-0     0-0     8   1   4   0   30
W. Steele   3-9     0-0     0-0     1   0   6   1   25
C. Bouchard 4-10    1-3     3-4     3   4   12  3   28
A. McGuire  1-3     0-1     2-2     1   3   4   3   30
A. Murphy   1-2     0-1     0-0     3   0   2   1   16
A. Booth    4-9     0-2     5-5     14  2   13  1   25
D. O'Banion 1-2     0-0     0-0     1   1   2   0   9
TOTALS      19-50   1-7     10-12   40  13  49  12  200
VILLANOVA 50
NAME        FG      3FG     FT      R   PF  TP  A   MIN
J. Beisel   3-6     0-0     4-7     6   1   10  0   33
J. Skeeters 3-10    0-3     0-3     0   2   6   0   27
J. Sliwa    2-10    1-6     0-0     5   1   5   2   35
S. Lee      2-5     0-0     0-0     5   0   4   9   31
J. Higgins  8-14    5-10    0-1     4   3   21  0   33
M. Stewart  0-4     0-1     0-0     3   2   0   1   8
M. Riley    1-2     0-0     0-0     6   1   2   2   17
S. Ferretti 1-3     0-0     0-0     1   3   2   0   10
M. Snell    0-1     0-1     0-0     0   0   0   0   6
TOTALS      20-55   6-21    4-11    33  13  50  14  200
Halftime Score - BC 23, VU 23; 
Team Rebounds - VU 3, BC 2; 
Turnovers - VU 7, BC 14; 
Technicals - None; 
Attendance - 512; 
Game Officials - Bill Titus, Tom Danaher, Wesley Dean.

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