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Women's Basketball To Host No. 2 Notre Dame Thursday Night

The Eagles hope to welcome senior Kristen Doherty back into the lineup after missing the last two games.

The Eagles hope to welcome senior Kristen Doherty back into the lineup after missing the last two games.

Feb. 12, 2014

Chestnut Hill, MA -

GAME 26 No. 2 Notre Dame (23-0, 10-0) at Boston College (12-13, 3-8 ACC)

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 13

TIME: 7 p.m.

WHERE: Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, Masss

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The Boston College women’s basketball team will host former Big East foe and the No. 2 team in the country Notre Dame on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. The Eagles will try to avenge an early season loss at Notre Dame.

BC will then host Syracuse on Sunday afternoon. The program will participate in the Play4Kay initiative so fans wearing PINK to the game will gain free admission.

  • The Eagles are coming off a tough road loss to Florida State on Sunday. The Eagles were led by Kelly Hughes with 23 points (5-for-5 in 3-pointers) and Katie Zenevitch with 12 points and five rebounds.
  • Notre Dame (23-0, 10-0) arrives in Boston after defeating Syracuse, 101-64, behind 23 points from Jewell Loyd and 18 points apiece from Kayla McBride and Michaela Mabrey.
  • Boston College has played the last two games without senior captain Kristen Doherty. The guard will be a game-time decision vs. Notre Dame on Thursday night.

BC vs. #2/2 Notre Dame

  • Today's game is the 19th meeting between No. 2/2 Notre Dame and Boston College (13-5). 
  • The Fighting Irish lead the all-time series, 13-5. 
  • The Eagles fell to No. 2/2 Notre Dame, 95-53, on the road on January 9. The Eagles were down, 49-21, at the half. Senior Kristen Doherty led the Eagles with 13 points, while Notre Dame's Kayla McBride had 20 points and eight rebounds. 
  • BC has not defeated Notre Dame since March 19, 2006 when the Eagles earned a, 78-61, victory in the NCAA Tournament. Coach Johnson, as well as Coach Hawkins, were assistant coaches for the BC program in the win. The Eagles then defeated No.1 ranked Ohio State in the next round before losing to Utah by four points in the Sweet 16. 
  • BC and Notre Dame first played on Dec. 30, 1983 with the Eagles earning a, 59-55, victory. The last time the two teams played prior to this season was on November 23, 2008. Notre Dame beat BC, 102-54, at Conte Forum.

PROBABLE STARTERS

LONG RANGE PERFECTION 

  • Freshman Kelly Hughes hit all five of her attempts from the three point line on Sunday at Florida State. The last player to go 5-for-5 from the three-point arc was Kristen Doherty on October 20, 2010 at Vermont. She finished with 21 points.
  • Two other BC players have hit 5-for-5 from the 3-point line – Clare Droesch against W. Virginia in 2002 and Cal Bouchard against Northwestern in 1999.
  • The program record was set by Amber Jacobs in 2002. Jacobs hit 6-for-6 from the arc against Sienna in Conte Forum on Nov. 24.
  • Hughes leads BC in three’s made with 64. The New Jersey native is shooting 46 percent from the arc. In the last two games, Hughes is shooting 71 percent from long distance.

TRENDS

  • Three of five BC players have played every game this season – Nicole Boudreau, Katie Zenevitch and Lauren Engeln
  • Senior Katie Zenevitch has led the team in scoring five times and rebounding 11 times. 
  • The Eagles have shot over 40 percent from the three-point line in eight games this season, including the last two games. 
  • BC had a season-low 22 rebounds in the last game vs. Florida State. 
  • The Eagles are averaging 18 turnovers in the last four games. 
  • Sophomore Nicole Boudreau is shooting 87.5 percent from the foul line in ACC action. Overall, the Andover native is 38-for-48 from the charity stripe (79.2%).

FLASH BACK

On Feb. 13, 1999, the first year that Boston College advanced to the NCAA Tournament, the Eagles defeated Pittsburgh, 86-65, on the road. It was the first of four consecutive victories for BC. Becky Gottstein had 19 points, while Nicole Conway pitched in with 18. Brianne Stepherson had 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Eagles finished the season at 22-8 and defeated Ohio State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

FAN INFORMATION

  • Across the country all NCAA women’s basketball programs commemorate and raise money for the Play4Kay Fund every February. The BC family would like to take this opportunity to help one of their own – former BC guard Clare Droesch ’05. Many of you know that the Eagles alum is battling cancer and the program has run a number of fundraisers to help support Droesch in her fight against cancer. Pink Super Fan shirts will be sold on-site, and via the online BC bookstore. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of Crush Cancer Fund for Clare Droesch ( http://crushcancer.weebly.com/). 
  • Fans wearing PINK to the game will gain free admission on Sunday afternoon against Syracuse (1 p.m.). 
  • Remember to continue to follow the Eagles on Twitter/@bc_wbb or Coach Erik Johnson at - @BC_CoachJohnson 
  • Fans interested in obtaining a 2013-14 Women’s Basketball Media Guide can purchase one in the BC Communications Office for $10 during office house (9-5 p.m.)

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