Coming off back-to-back losses against Pittsburgh and Miami—plus four more losses before a string of postponements—Boston College women’s basketball looked to bounce back against Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets entered the game in third place in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Eagles, on the other hand, sit 10 spots below Georgia Tech in the conference rankings.
As part of the winter sports season’s Unity Week across the ACC, BC celebrated Black History Month in its final home game of the season. BC warmed up in shirts reading “Black History is Our History” and honored LaVerne Mosley, BC’s first Black member of the women’s basketball program from 1973-77 and Rita Roach, the program’s first Black scholarship athlete, who played from 1982-86.
Despite the differential in ranking, BC (6-10, 2-10 Atlantic Coast) downed Georgia Tech (13-6, 11-5 Atlantic Coast) for its second ACC win on the year, 49-43.
“It’s almost like when you have something when you’re playing for something bigger than just yourself,” head coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee said in her postgame press conference. “It kind of makes those wins a little bit more special.”
The game was a defensive battle, as the final score would indicate. Well over halfway through the first quarter, the game was still tied 2-2.
Coming out of the first media timeout with three minutes left in the first, Georgia Tech’s Nerea Hermosa hit two free throws to reopen the scoring. The Eagles responded with consecutive scores from Cameron Swartz and Marnelle Garraud. Despite a last-second half-court shot