#38 Boston College Women's Basketball 2020-2021 Preview

Boston College Eagles
Overall Rank: #38
Conference Rank: #8 ACC
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Boston College is coming off one of their best seasons in decades. Way back in 2005-2006, their first season in the ACC, the Eagles went to the NCAA Tournament. They have not been back since. Last year they would have been close, but likely would have ended up in the WNIT. That still would have been a big deal for the Eagles since they have not been to the WNIT since 2011. But Coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee and company are already eyeing better things in 2020-2021 after finishing last season winning eight of the last ten games.
2019-20 Record: 20-12, 11-7
Coach: Joanna Bernabei-McNamee
Coach Record: 34-28 at Boston College, 160-93 overall
Key Departed Players (starters in bold)
Emma Guy, Forward, 13.3 ppg
Georgia Pineau, Forward, 7.0 ppg
Taylor Ortlepp, Guard, 3.7 ppg
Key Returning Players (starters in bold)
Taylor Soule, Junior, Forward, 14.5 ppg
Makayla Dickens, Junior, Guard, 10.4 ppg
Marnelle Garraud, Junior, Guard, 9.8 ppg
Cameron Swartz, Junior, Guard, 9.0 ppg
Milan Bolden-Morris, Senior, Guard, 5.0 ppg
Jaelyn Batts, Sophomore, Guard/Forward, 2.5 ppg
Key New Players
Kaylah Ivey, Freshman, Guard
Akunna Konkwo, RS Sophomore, Center
JoJo Lacey, Freshman, Guard/Forward
Sydney McQuietor, Freshman, Forward
With four starters returning, all juniors, Boston College hopes to pick up right where they left off. Taylor Soule was the team’s top scorer and rebounder last year, averaging 14.5 and 7.7, respectively. She will hold down the frontcourt, but will need some help this year since all of the other returning starters are on the perimeter. Makayla Dickens and Marnelle Garraud can both handle the ball and have proven to be very productive and efficient outside shooters. Cameron Swartz could not quite keep up with her backcourt mates when it came to three-point shooting percentage, but she can score even when her outside shot is not falling. Milan Bolden-Morris should again provide much of the backcourt depth off the bench. The key for this team will be finding options in the frontcourt to team up with Soule. Jaelyn Batts, a 6-0 wing, showed some promise in limited action as a freshman and the best of the incoming freshmen is 6-1 wing JoJo Lacey. For a true post player, BC will have to look to Akunna Konkwo. The 6-2 center will finally suit up for the Eagles after missing last year with an injury. If Boston College can be productive in the frontcourt, they will have the opportunity to finally end that long NCAA drought.
Projected Postseason Tournament: NCAA
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 73.7 (30th in nation, 1st in conference)
Scoring Defense: 68.5 (271, 14)
Field-Goal Percentage: 44.1 (34, 3)
Field-Goal Defense: 41.3 (254, 15)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 6.2 (145, 8)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 32.6 (104, 5)
Free-Throw Percentage: 69.2 (186, 10)
Rebound Margin: 4.2 (73, 7)
Assists Per Game: 14.8 (63, 3)
Turnovers Per Game: 17.5 (268, 11)
Madness 2020 Women’s Basketball Recruit Rankings:
#75 Josiah Lacey