Date & Time: Sunday, March 3 at 2 p.m. ET
Location: Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, M.A.
TV/Streaming: ACC Network Extra/WatchESPN
BC blog: BC Interruption
Series History: Syracuse leads, 30-23
Last meeting: Syracuse 96, Boston College 69
When these teams meet three weeks ago Syracuse shot a season-high 60.6% from the field and hit 46.2 percent of their 26 three-point attempts. Miranda Drummond had a dominant game with 24 points and three boards (she also hit 6-of-9 threes), while Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi added 16 points and Emily Engstler had 10. Though Tiana Mangakahia had just five points in the contest, she also dished 12 assists on the game.
The Orange led by 11 after one quarter, and 19 at the half. they were able to coast from there.
Head coaches: SU: Quentin Hillsman (13th season, 284-143); Joanna Bernabei-McNamee (1st year, 14-14)
Coach’s Bio: Things haven’t gone as planned in Joanna Bernabei-McNamee’s first season with the Eagles. Before arriving at BC, she was the head coach at Albany, amassing a 45-20 record in two years. Albany made the 2017 NCAA Tournament, while finishing in the WNIT last year. In 2017, she was named the Women’s Division I Coach of the Year by the Basketball Coaches Associate of New York.
Prior to coaching at Albany, Bernabei-McNamee was the head coach at the University of Pikeville (NAIA). There, she had a 63-36 record and led them to the NAIA D-1 Final Four during the 2015-2016 season.
She also served as an assistant coach in the ACC and Big East. She was on the coaching staff of Maryland’s 2006 National Championship team.
As a player at West Liberty State, Bernabei-McNamee was the 1997 West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) Player of the Year. She holds the NCAA Division II career assists record of 1, 107 and the record for assists in a game with 24. She is one of four players to score at least 1,000 points and record 1,000 or more assists in NCAA history. She holds the NCAA record for career assists per game, averaging 9.5 assists over here four years at West Liberty State. Bernabei-McNamee was named first-team All-West Virginia Athletic Conference all four years and was inducted into the West Liberty State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Hall of Fame in 2011.
Last season: Boston College finished 7-23, with a 2-14 record in the ACC. After a rough season, the Eagles parted ways with coach Erik Johnson, who finished with a 61-92 record with the program.
Last game: BC dropped its seventh straight contest, an 87-51 defeat at Louisville. Sydney Lowery had 12 points and Emma Guy added five, but that was really the only offensive firepower the Eagles could muster. Louisville shot over 50 percent from the field and won the rebounding battle by double digits. The Cards were up 12 after a quarter, and that pretty much sealed it.
“Fear Me, I’ve Killed Hundreds of Timelords”: Emma Guy is the team’s leading scorer, chipping in 13.9 points per game this season. The Penfield, N.Y. native is also the Eagles’ top rebounder at 6.6 per. She shoots over 58 percent from the field and gets to the line. Last time out against Syracuse, she put up 30 points on 11-of-18 shooting, with 14 rebounds.
If Syracuse Wins: It’s a nice bit of momentum heading into the ACC Tournament. Syracuse would finish 22-7 overall and own an 11-5 record in league play — though they’re the five-seed win or lose. It would also tie the full season win total for SU from each of the past two seasons — a subtle sign of the program on the upswing.
If Syracuse Losses: It won’t matter for the ACC Tournament, but it could dash any last hopes of getting one of the top 16 seeds in the NCAAs, and the hosting duties that affords you. A loss to a bad Boston College team would likely mean at least two wins in the ACC Tournament to keep that opportunity for subregional alive.