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Breaking Down BC Women’s Basketball 2020-21 Schedule

The ACC announced its 2020-21 conference schedule on Wednesday. Boston College women’s basketball will play a 20-game conference slate, an increase of two games from last season. No fans will be allowed at home games, as is true with all of BC’s other winter sports this year. 

Dec. 9 at Georgia Tech (Atlanta, Ga.)

The Eagles will open ACC play on the road against the Yellow Jackets. BC also played Georgia Tech in Atlanta last season and came away with a narrow 55-48 victory. Taylor Soule dominated the Yellow Jackets last year, playing all but one minute and notching a double-double, and she will look to replicate her performance in the Eagles’ opener.

Dec. 13 vs. NC State (Chestnut Hill, Mass.)

Despite BC’s success last year, the Wolfpack played spoiler to the Eagles all season, destroying BC 72-54 early on in ACC play and then knocking the Eagles out of the ACC tournament. BC will hope for a better outcome this year in its home opener. 

Dec. 20 vs. Syracuse (Chestnut Hill, Mass.)

The Orange have historically dominated BC, beating the Eagles 12 times in a row since 2005 until BC’s victory against them last year in the final ACC game of the season broke the streak. The win was one of BC’s most memorable of the season, as Soule scored 26 points and the Eagles pulled away late in the fourth quarter to grab the road victory.

Dec. 30 at Pitt (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

Jan. 3 at NC State (Raleigh, N.C.)

Jan. 6 vs. Notre Dame (Chestnut Hill, Mass.)

The usually dominant Irish had a down year last season, stumbling to a 13-18 record after compiling a staggering 279-23 record over the eight preceding seasons. BC took full advantage of Notre Dame’s slide, sweeping the season series for the first time ever. The second victory was particularly memorable, as the Eagles clawed their way back from a 13-point deficit to win the game on a last second buzzer beater from Emma Guy.

Jan. 10 vs. Duke (Chestnut Hill, Mass.)

BC stunned the No. 3 seeded Blue Devils in the ACC tournament last year, scoring 14 unanswered points to finish the game with an 84-77 victory. Duke star Haley Gorecki graduated after starring in Durham for the past three seasons. Her departure bodes well for the Eagles, as she scored a combined 52 points in her two matchups against BC last season.

Jan. 14 at Louisville (Louisville, Ky.)

The Eagles will head on the road to face the Cardinals after the two-game home stint. BC has never beaten Louisville in ACC play, losing all seven of the teams’ matchups since the Cardinals joined the conference, including a pair of blowout losses last season. 

Jan. 17 at Notre Dame (South Bend, Ind.)

Jan. 21 vs. Clemson (Chestnut Hill, Mass.)

BC swept last season’s series, including a first-round win in the ACC tournament, and has historically dominated the Tigers with an all-time record of 12-5. This game will be crucial for the Eagles as they move into the second half of the schedule and recover after a brutal five-game stretch with NC State, Louisville, Duke, and two games against Notre Dame.

Jan. 24 vs. Pittsburgh (Chestnut Hill, Mass.)

Jan. 28 vs. Florida State (Chestnut Hill, Mass.)

There were many signs last season that head coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee had taken the Eagles to a new level of play. Beating Florida State was one of these indicators, as BC triumphed over the then-No. 14 Seminoles for the first time since 2010. The Eagles will aim to show that the win was not an aberration as they close out their three-game home stand against the ’Noles.

Jan. 31 at Miami (Coral Gables, Fla.)

Feb. 4 vs. Louisville (Chestnut Hill, Mass.)

Feb. 7 at Virginia (Charlotesville, Va.)

Feb. 11 at North Carolina (Chapel Hill, N.C.)

The Eagles’ historical success against the Tar Heels has been a tale of two halves. On one hand, BC coasted to a 93-75 victory last season and also beat North Carolina in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. On the other hand, the Eagles won just once in the decade prior to the 2016-17 season. 

Feb. 14 vs. Virginia Tech (Chestnut Hill, Mass.)

Feb. 18 at Wake Forest (Winston Salem, N.C.)

While the Deacons were a middling squad in the ACC last season, BC’s victory was yet another marker that the Eagles have overcome their past demons. Wake has historically handled BC to the tune of a 12-6 all-time record after the teams’ first met in 2006.

Feb. 21 vs. Georgia Tech (Chestnut Hill, Mass.)

Feb. 25 at Syracuse (Syracuse, N.Y.)

BC closes out the regular season against Syracuse, going on the road to the Carrier Dome after hosting the Orange in Chestnut Hill early on in the year.

Featured Image by Ikram Ali / Heights Editor

November 13, 2020

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