By: Alex Smith
The lady Terriers begin their week continuing the quest for their first win. After a 19-point defeat to the Northeastern Huskies, BU (0-1) will hit the road for another away game against a beanpot opponent. This time, though, they’ll have to leave city limits as the Boston College Eagles are next on the list.
BC enters the contest after a season-opening loss of their own, that coming to University of Hartford. The Eagles have been an embarrassment in the ACC, posting a 2-14 mark last season that was only salvaged by a strong record out of the conference. No doubt this team is weaker than BU’s prior foe, and the Terriers have a great chance to grab a road win in arguably their biggest non-conference game of the season.
BU matches up well with their Jesuit rivals, who play mainly through Mariella Fasoula, a 6’4″ center from Athens, Greece. The sophomore dumped in 19 points and was her team’s lone bright spot in their defeat. She averaged 5.4 rebounds per game last season, and shot 54% last year, netting 13.5 ppg. She looks like the Eagles’ focal point offensively.
Fasoula proved a handful for the Terriers last season, and just missed a double-double with 11 points and 9 rebounds. This time, though, the Terriers possess a foreign post of their own.
Sophie Beaudry may have struggled shooting the ball (2-12) in her first game since March 2015, but her impact was felt throughout the game. She finished with 6 rebounds and 3 blocks in her 23 minutes, and at 6’5″, she’ll force Fasoula to look up for a change. Those two will battle on the inside, and this is the matchup to watch: The battle for Comm ave will be won and lost on the low block.
On the outside, these two squads also feature two remarkably similar players. Senior Kelly Hughes is just four 3-pointers away from becoming BC’s all time leader, and shot 41% from deep this year scoring 14.2 ppg. She’s BC’s answer to Sarah Hope, who connected on four triples and 13 points in the Terriers’ first game.
Each team should start three players over the six-foot threshold, and don’t expect to see a run-and-gun contest: In their first game, BC didn’t register a single point off fast breaks. The Terriers managed just one bucket in transition (though they didn’t give up a fast break score either) so expect a slower, more methodical pace tonight.
Last season’s matchup was ugly for BU, who only managed a paltry 37 points. They attempted 14 threes and didn’t make a single one, which doesn’t seem likely to repeat in 2016. The Terriers did hold BC to under 40% shooting on the night, in one of their better defensive performances of last year.
BC started two sophomores, two freshman and just one senior on opening day Friday, signaling a rebuilding year for a program already suffering in the conference. This is the perfect opportunity for the Terriers, themselves in the midst of a massive rebuild, to grab an early season win. Last year BU waited until game number 16 to get a win, and with Commonwealth Avenue pride on the line, it would certainly mean much more than one W.