SOUTH BEND — Only a Sunday shocker will save Notre Dame from the longest home losing streak in its women’s basketball history now.

Stoked up Boston College outscored the Irish 11-4 over the final five minutes of the first half, then 26-14 during the third quarter to seize control of a 75-65 victory Thursday night at Purcell Pavilion.

Notre Dame (6-10, 1-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) dropped its fourth consecutive home game, matching 2002-03 for its longest Purcell dry spell, and next welcomes No. 9 North Carolina State to town Sunday.

The Wolfpack were upset, 66-60, at rival North Carolina on Thursday, but still stand 14-1 overall, 3-1 in league play.

The Eagles (9-6, 2-2) not only halted a string of 14 losses overall to the Irish, winning for the first time since a 2006 NCAA Tournament first-round matchup, but defeated ND for the first time ever at Purcell, spanning 15 chances.

Notre Dame fell for the sixth time in its last eight games and dropped to 48-2 all-time in ACC home contests, the only other loss coming 11 days earlier against Clemson.

The Eagles took a 37-34 lead into the intermission thanks to that 11-4 run ending the first half.

They stretched the spread to 63-48 entering the final quarter with their 26-12 third-period dominance.

The Irish got no closer than nine points the rest of the way, doing so at the 5:52 and 3:44 marks.

BC ate up ND’s blend of defenses from both outside — draining 7-of-14 on 3-pointers over the first three quarters — and in the paint, collecting 34 points there.

Some of that was fueled by the Eagles outscrapping the Irish to the tune of 17 offensive rebounds during the initial three periods, which helped produce a 24-6 advantage in second-chance points entering the closing quarter.

Sophomore forward Taylor Soule scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for the winners. Sophomore guard Cameron Swartz added 14 points, and senior forward Emma Guy finished with 11 points and 12 boards.

Destinee Walker led all scorers with 21 points for the Irish, going 7-of-15 from the field and 6-of-6 at the line.

Sam Brunelle added 15 points and eight rebounds. Katlyn Gilbert scored 11 points, but was just 4-of-15 from the field. Anaya Peoples netted 10 points.

Mikki Vaughn paced ND rebounders with nine, to go with six points, and teammate Marta Sniezek paced all players in assists with eight. She took just one shot, though, missing it.

Sniezek also coaxed her 19th opposition charging foul of the season, tying Koko Nelson’s unofficial program standard of two seasons ago.

The first half was peppered with eight ties and four lead changes, with each team’s largest advantage being five points. BC took the lead for good at 33-32.

The surging Eagles won for the fourth time in their last five games, the lone loss being 72-54 to the Wolfpack.

Notre Dame slipped to 2-6 on the season at Purcell.

The Irish have never finished with a losing home record under 33rd-year head coach Muffet McGraw, the closest such being 7-7 in 1991-92.

Their lone losing home record over their 10 seasons prior to McGraw’s arrival came in 1980-81, their first year as an NCAA Division program, when they went 6-7.

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Jim Raynor

When do we play Guelph again? [unsure]

jim masterson

What! No comments from Muffy. Probably had a meltdown.

Mountain Man

But unfortunately had one from "Jimmy".


The issues remain the same nightly, poor shooting, Rebounding and no consistency on Defense. We all agree that Muffet is a Hall of Fame Coach. However, much of this current situation is on her shoulders. She played the 5 Starters insane minutes last season, thus slowing the growth and limiting playing time for younger players, leading to transfers and defections. Nobody will deny that that core group was a great group both on and off the court, but Muffet was short sighted in not using a bigger rotation to help build for the future. With the defections she was forced to bring in two Grad Students to fill out the Roster. Both are fine players and seem like good kids but using two Grads on a well below .500 team does no help the future. Everyone seems confident that the incoming class combined with the returnees will help get things back to the top. I'm hoping this is true and believe Muffet is a great Coach, but she needs to share some blame for the current situation.

Mountain Man

Agreed rebounding, shooting percentage and defense are continuing issue. I only partially agree with the player rotation last year. Going fo a National Championship requires that your best players play the vast majority of the time, because they will need to against the best teams. I do think Patterson left because of a lack of playing time and I think she should have played more, but Cosgrove no and Nixon was injured or sick much of the time. Where would N.D. be this year without Marta & Destiny? Unfortunately, Nat Marshall just had surgery yesterday so she may be out for the next year or much of it. I felt that behind Westbeld she would have made the biggest difference. Destiny will probably return next year so well worth getting. Nobody H.O.F. or not could have predicted the perfect storm that N.D. Women faced this year. (Gene said as much in the Post Game Interview following the N.D. game this year.)


Muffet and Brey were given lifetime contracts. Any second thoughts, Jack?

Mountain Man

Muffet has already been quoted as saying she wasn't going be coaching when she turned 70 and that was prior to this year.

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