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Women's Basketball To Play Former Rival Providence on Sunday Afternoon

Junior Kat Cooper is averaging just over 14 points a game in the last three games for the Eagles.

Junior Kat Cooper is averaging just over 14 points a game in the last three games for the Eagles.

Dec. 27, 2013

Chestnut Hill, Mass. -

BOSTON COLLEGE (7-5) at PROVIDENCE (5-5)

WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 29

TIME: 3 p.m.

WHERE: Alumni Hall/Mullaney Gymnasium, Providence, RI

VIEW: FoxSports1

FOLLOW: www.bceagles.com

TWITTER: bc_wbb


Boston College improved to 7-5 after earning a, 77-60, victory over Holy Cross on Saturday, Dec.21. The Eagles were led by Katie Zenevitch (21 points and 12 rebounds) and Kristen Doherty (19 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists). It also marked the fifth straight game Boston College has won the battle of the boards (44-40). The Eagles went a perfect 11-for-11 from the foul line with Kat Cooper hitting 5-of-5 from the charity stripe.

  • Sunday's game at Providence marks the first time the Eagles and Friars have met since the Jan. 24, 2005. Providence leads the overall series against Boston College, 30-19.
  • The first meeting between BC and Providence took place in 1977. BC lost to the Friars, 48-40, at home on March 2, 1977. 
  • The Friars won the first seven games between the two teams, while BC has won the last 10 meetings. The Eagles first victory against Providence was on Jan. 8, 1985 at home (71-56). The two teams played three times in 1985. They split the regular season series 1-1, but the Eagles defeated the Friars in the Big East Tournament, 73-59, behind 22 points from Marie Grant. 
  • Hartford is the only common opponent between BC and Providence. BC defeated the Hawks, 65-45, on Dec. 8, while Providence earned a 79-53 victory on Nov. 20.

PROBABLE STARTERS 

LAST THREE GAMES

  • Boston College is 3-0 in the last three games. The Eagles are 4-1 in the month of December with the only loss at Wisconsin on Dec. 5.
  • The Eagles are shooting 43.4 percent from the floor. 
  • BC is shooting 41.7 percent from long range.
  • The Eagles have out-rebounded the last three opponents, 129-105.
  • The team is also averaging 18.0 assists per game.
  • Three players are averaging double-figures in the run - Kristen Doherty (14.7 ppg.), Katie Zenevitch (13.3 ppg.) and Kat Cooper (14.3 ppg.).
  • Alexa Coulombe, who is the second sub off the bench, has seven blocks in the last three games.
  • BC has outscored the last three opponents, 205-152.

FREE THROWS

  • Senior captain Katie Zenevitch's 21 point, 12 rebound performance against Holy Cross marked the third time in the last five games in which she posted a double-double. The Eagles center is currently averaging 10 points and 6.3 rebounds a game. She is currently shooting a team-high 55.2 percent from the floor. Zenevitch is just 60 points away from the 1,000 point plateau.
  • Boston College is 4-1 at home this season. The Eagles only loss came in the season opener vs. then No. 3 Stanford University on Nov 9.
  • At Conte Forum, Boston College is averaging 71.7 points per game and shooting 43.2 percent from long range. Kristen Doherty is averaging a team-high 15.3 point per game on the Conte Forum court. Kelly Hughes is shooting 50 percent from long range at home. 
  • On the road, Boston College is averaging 69.3 points per game and shooting 41 percent from the floor. The team is 19-for-54 from long range (72.2%). Nicole Boudreau leads BC in scoring on the road with a 14.7 ppg. average. She is also shooting 59.3% from the floor and 60% from long range away from Conte Forum.
  • Junior Lauren Engeln has led BC in assists in six of 12 games this season. She leads the team with a 3.9 assist per game average. She set a career-high of seven against FIU on Nov. 21.
  • Sophomore Karima Gabriel returns to the team after missing the first half of the season due to personal reasons. She has three years of eligibility.
  • Junior Kat Cooper has scored in double-figures in the last four games. She had a career-high 21 points in the win over UNH on Dec. 15. Cooper, who has started the last nine games, is averaging a career-high 9.1 points per game.
  • Freshman Kelly Hughes, who was an All-ACC Rookie of the Week on Dec. 23, is second in the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage (45.9%).

THIS DAY IN HISTORY 

  • In the 1999-2000 season, Boston College defeated Florida, 66-61, in the State Farm Classic, in Gainesville, Florida on Dec. 29. Becky Gottstein earned MVP honors of the tournament while Alissa Murphy was named to the All-Tournament team.

FAN INFORMATION

  • Fans can watch Sunday's game at Providence College on Fox Sports 1. Tipoff is at 3 p.m.
  • The Eagles next home game is on Wed., Jan 1 at 1 p.m. Fans interested in attending the game can purchase tickets at the gate.

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