Boston College Eagles women's basketball

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Boston College Eagles
Basketball current event.svg 2019–20 Boston College Eagles women's basketball team
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UniversityBoston College
Head coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee (2nd season)
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Location Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Arena Conte Forum
(Capacity: 8,606)
Nickname Eagles
ColorsMaroon and Gold [1]
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NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
2003, 2004, 2006
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
Conference Tournament Champions
2004 (Big East)

Boston College Women's Basketball is the NCAA Division I women's basketball program for Boston College. Their nickname is the Eagles. They are coached by Joanna Bernabei-McNamee, entering her first year. [2]



The Boston College women's basketball team played its first game January 9, 1973, and lost to Eastern Nazarene 42-35. In its next game BC downed Jackson, 52–30, to win its first game in the program's history. The Eagles finished their first season 4-6 with wins over Mount Ida, Stonehill College and Radcliffe. In her second season as head coach, Maureen Enos lead BC to a 9–4 record for the team's first-ever winning record.

Margo Plotzke took over in time for the 1980 season and she would finish her 14-season career on The Heights with only five losing seasons and a 177 wins.

In 1982 the women's team joined the Big East, finishing the season with a then-BC record 17 wins, but going only 3–7 in the conference. In the Big East tourney Boston College beat UConn 69–57, but bowed out after a loss to Providence, 56–38. In 1984–85 BC went 19–9 – its best season to that date – but found itself on the short end of a loss to Vilanova in the league tournament, ending its season.

Cathy Inglese arrives

In 1993 Cathy Inglese was named head coach of the basketball team and, after several years of rebuilding, turned the team into a perennial NCAA tournament team. Since the 1998-99 season, BC has been invited to the NCAA tournament six times, won the 2004 Big East title and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen twice—in 2003 and 2004.

In the 1998–99 season Inglese lead the Eagles to its first ever NCAA tournament appearance, a 22–8 overall record and the Eagles went 12–6 in the Big East. In its first-ever NCAA tourney game, BC beat Ohio State and then ran into Pat Summitt and Tennessee and lost in the second round.

The next season was even better for the Eagles as they won 26 total games, but again found themselves eliminated in the second round of the NCAA tournament when Virginia edged them out, 74–70. A season plagued by injuries marred the 2000-01 team which finished at 14-15 and on the outside looking into The Dance. In 2001–02, BC—who finished the season ranked 21st—received another invitation to the NCAA Tournament but were ousted in the first round this time when Mississippi State took care of the women's team 65–59.

Sweet Sixteen years

Coach Inglese lead Boston College to back-to-back appearances in the Sweet Sixteen in the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons. BC finished the 2003 season ranked No. 25 and entered the NCAA tourney with a 20-9 record and, as a No. 5 seed, squeaked by Old Dominion 73–72 in the first round, then won another thriller on an Amber Jacobs jumper, which blounced around the rim, and fell in with 2.5 seconds remaining — giving the Eagles an 86–85 overtime win over Vanderbilt. Boston College was then steamrolled by No. 1 UConn as Diana Taurasi and Co. bounced BC 70–49.

In 2004 the women's team exacted some postseason revenge when BC upset the University of Connecticut in the Big East Tournament, 73–70, in the semi-finals. Boston College, who defeated Syracuse and Miami en route to its March 8 win over the Huskies, downed Rutgers in the finals to capture the Big East Tournament title—becoming the first Big East team to win four games to take the tournament crown. For its tournament title, BC finished the year ranked No. 18 and headed into the NCAA's as a No. 3 seed. The Eagles downed Eastern Michigan 58-56 in the first round; BC had an easier time in the second round, routing Ohio State 63-48 to move onto its second Sweet Sixteen in as many years. The No. 7-seeded University of Minnesota scored a mild upset over the Eagles with a 76–63 win and eliminated BC from the tournament.

2004–05 season

In its final year in the Big East the Boston College women's team finished the year at 20–10 with another trip to the NCAA's. In the regular season, BC finished a respectable 10–6 in conference play, but got bounced in its only game in the league tourney, losing 41–37 to Villanova. Then BC beat the University of Houston 65–43 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, but with a tough draw, were edged out by Duke 70–65.

2005–06 season

Boston College entered the 2005–06 season as a participant of the Preseason NIT. Following a 51–44 win over Drexel and a 62–51 victory over Richmond, BC ran into and were stuffed by former Big East rival UConn 60–46 in the semifinal round. The women rebounded with 41-point win over Vermont, topping the Catamounts 79–38. Boston College entered league play with a 12–2 record and ranked no. 19 in the country, including a stunning win against then top-10 ranked Stanford University. In BC's first-ever ACC game, the women lost in overtime to Maryland 67–64. After a rough 0–4 start to ACC play, the Eagles bounced back to win seven straight games, including wins in six consecutive conference games. BC won its first-ever ACC game as a league member on January 26 when it downed Virginia 57–43. The Eagles then won at NC State on January 30, 75–66.

The winning streak came to an end when BC was confronted with two straight games against top-5 opponents. On February 16, No. 4 Maryland downed the Eagles 86-59; then the BC women fell again, losing to the No. 2 team in the country when North Carolina dropped Boston College on Tobacco Road, 69–62. The regular season ended on a sour note for Boston College as NC State and Florida State handed BC two more losses on February 24 and February 26 respectively, closing the regular season with four straight losses for the Eagles. The Boston College women stand at 19–11 overall (6–8 ACC) and are No. 25 in the coaches' poll as of March 7. BC senior forward Brooke Queenan was named All-ACC Second Team. Queenan led the Eagles with 14.8 points and 8.0 rebounds-per-game for BC in the regular season.

Boston College lost its first-round game in its first-ever ACC tournament as the No. 8 seed, falling to Virginia 57-54 on March 2. BC earned an at-large bid in the NCAA field. The Eagles received a No. 8 seed beat Notre Dame 78-61 following 17 days off between games. BC advanced to the field of 32 to face No. 1 seeded Ohio State, a team which had won twenty straight games coming in. The underdog Eagles beat the Buckeyes 79–69 largely behind the performance of BC guard Kindyll Dorsey, who scored a school NCAA tournament record six 3-pointers and 24 points overall. BC then lost to the No. 5 seeded Utah Utes in the Sweet Sixteen 57–54, missing three potential game-tying shots in the last twenty seconds.

After the season, forward Brooke Queenan was drafted by the New York Liberty of the WNBA in the second round, [3] making her the third WNBA draft pick in BC history after Amber Jacobs and Cal Bouchard. Despite losing Queenan, All-ACC defensive teamer Aja Parham, and steady forward Lisa Macchia, BC headed into the offseason with a strong core of returning players including returning captain and point guard Sarah Marshall, senior guard Kindyll Dorsey, and senior center Kathrin Ress, as well as star incoming freshman, American Idol semifinalist, recording artist and McDonald's All-American Ayla Brown. [4]

2009–10 season

The Boston College Lady Eagles were off to a slow start with losses to teams such as Harvard and Vermont. The Eagles rebounded with eight wins against top 50 ranked schools. There were wins against #8 Duke, #6 Florida State, Miami and North Carolina. 2010 All-ACC First Team 6'6" JR Center Carolyn Swords who is ranked #1 in NCAA Div I for FG percentage for the 2009–10 and 2008–09 seasons and #3 her freshman year shot over 66% from the field. Swords scored 24 points in the semi-final of the 2010 ACC tournament but the BC Lady Eagles fell short 63-57 to NC State.

Year by year results

Conference tournament winners noted with # Source [5]

SeasonTeamOverallConferenceStandingPostseasonCoaches' pollAP poll
Maureen Enos(Independent)(1972–1976)
1972-73Maureen Enos4–6
1973-74Maureen Enos9–4
1974-75Maureen Enos8–7MAIAW Tournament
1975-76Maureen Enos11–8EAIAW Invitational
Maureen Enos:32–25
Mary Ellen Martin(Independent)(1976–1978)
1976-77Mary Ellen Martin7–12
1977-78Mary Ellen Martin5–11
Mary Ellen Martin:12–23
Carol Swindler(Independent)(1978–1980)
1978-79Carol Swindler5–15
1979-80Carol Swindler11–12
Carol Swindler:16–27
Margo Plotzke(Independent, Big East)(1980–1993)
1980-81Margo Plotzke12–11
1981-82Margo Plotzke10–15
Big East Conference (1979–2013)
1982-83Margo Plotzke17–92–68th
1983-84Margo Plotzke11–162–6T-7th
1984-85Margo Plotzke19–911–53rd
1985-86Margo Plotzke16–39–75th
1986-87Margo Plotzke17–128–86th
1987-88Margo Plotzke17–1110–6T-3rd
1988-89Margo Plotzke15–139–7T-4th
1989-90Margo Plotzke16–139–74th
1990-91Margo Plotzke12–166–106th
1991-92Margo Plotzke5–233–1510th
1992-93Margo Plotzke10–174–14T-9th
Margo Plotzke:177–16873–91
Cathy Inglese(Big East, ACC)(1993–2008)
1993-94Cathy Inglese13–149–95th
1994-95Cathy Inglese6–213–1510th
1995-96Cathy Inglese10–177–11T-4th (BE 6)
1996-97Cathy Inglese18–1013–53rd (BE 6)
1997-98Cathy Inglese17–1111–74th (BE 6)
1998-99Cathy Inglese22–812–64thNCAA Second Round
1999-2000Cathy Inglese26–912–4T-3rdNCAA Second Round1717
2000-01Cathy Inglese14–157–97th
2001-02Cathy Inglese23–812–4T-3rdNCAA First Round21
2002-03Cathy Inglese22–912–4T-3rdNCAA Sixteen1725
2003-04Cathy Inglese27–711–5T-4thNCAA First Round1418
2004-05Cathy Inglese20–1010–6T-4thNCAA Second Round2325
Atlantic Coast Conference
2005-06Cathy Inglese21–126–8T-6th (ACC)NCAA Sixteen19
2006-07Cathy Inglese13–163–1110th
2007-08Cathy Inglese21–127–7T-5thWNIT Sixteen
Cathy Inglese:273–179119–85
Sylvia Crawley(ACC)(2008–2012)
2008-09Sylvia Crawley23–127–77thWNIT Semifinals
2009-10Sylvia Crawley17–156–8T-7thDeclined WNIT
2010-11Sylvia Crawley20–125–9T-7thWNIT Sixteen
2011-12Sylvia Crawley7–232–14T-11th
Sylvia Crawley:67–6220–38
Erik Johnson(ACC)(2012–2018)
2012-13Erik Johnson12–195–13T-9th
2013-14Erik Johnson12–193–13T-14th
2014-15Erik Johnson13–175–1112th
2015-16Erik Johnson15–162–1414th
2016-17Erik Johnson9–212–1415th
2017-18Erik Johnson7–232–14T-13th
Erik Johnson:68–11510–40
Joanna Bernabei-McNamee(ACC)(2019–Present)
2018-19Joanna Bernabei-McNamee14–163–1313th
Joanna Bernabei-McNamee:14–163–13

      National champion        Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion        Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion      Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

NCAA Tournament results

1999 #8First Round
Second Round
#9 Ohio State
#1 Tennessee
W 72-59
L 89-62
2000 #5First Round
Second Round
#12 Nebraska
#4 Virginia
W 93-76
L 74-70
2002 #5First Round#12 Mississippi StateL 65-59
2003 #5First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#12 Old Dominion
#4 Vanderbilt
#1 Connecticut
W 73-72
W 86-85
L 70-49
2004 #3First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#14 Eastern Michigan
#6 Ohio State
#7 Minnesota
W 58-56
W 63-48
L 76-63
2005 #7First Round
Second Round
#10 Houston
#2 Duke
W 65-43
L 70-65
2006 #8First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#9 Notre Dame
#1 Ohio State
#5 Utah
W 78-61
W 79-69
L 57-54

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