Boston College Women’s Basketball Defeats UMass 90-82 in Overtime

It was another big win for the women on Sunday as they escaped a furious UMass comeback to win 90-82 at home. Led by Taylor Soule’s 29 points the Eagles jumped out a fifteen point lead after the first quarter, but UMass would not be deterred as they fought and clawed back to tie the game. Full recap via BCEagles.com below.

Via BCEagles.com press release

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass – Junior forward Taylor Soule tied a career-high with 29 points and added 13 rebounds to lead Boston College past UMass 90-82 in overtime on Sunday afternoon at Conte Forum. BC moved to 2-0 on the season while UMass fell to 1-1.

Makayla Dickens added 15 points and 10 rebounds as five Eagles finished in double-figures. In her second career collegiate start, junior Clara Ford was fantastic in the contest as she notched 15 points and 16 points for her first career double-double.

Marnelle Garraud was a perfect 4-of-4 from the foul line and finished with 15 points, seven assists and three steals for BC. Cameron Swartz added 10 as BC nailed 24 of its 28 free throws in the overtime victory.

The Eagles outscored UMass 30-15 in the first quarter, which was kick started by three, three-point field goals in the first five minutes. Ford had a strong first quarter as she recorded eight points and eight rebounds.

Boston College’s strong offensive showing continued in the second quarter of Sunday’s contest. Soule added 10 points in the frame bringing her total to 14 in the first half. The Eagles led by a score of 48-35 at the break with help from 59% shooting, while out-rebounding UMass 24-12.

The Minutewomen came out of the locker room scoring the first 11 points of the third quarter. Boston College got on the board in the second half with 5:08 remaining in the third quarter on a Dickens jump shot. The Eagles led the contest 57-55 after three quarters of play despite being outscored 20-9 in the frame.

Boston College was unable to close out the game in regulation, as UMass hit a late three pointer to tie the game at 77. Soule led the Eagles in scoring in the quarter with seven points on 4-of-5 shooting.

Dickens and Ford led the charge in overtime with four points each to secure the victory for the Eagles. Boston College displayed strong defense in the extra frame by outscoring UMass 13-5 while holding the Minutewomen to just two field goals.


Boston College is back in action on Wednesday afternoon at 5 p.m. at Conte Forum as they look to remain undefeated against Providence. The game will air on ACC Network Extra.

Photo courtesy of BCEagles.com

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December arts scene a holiday gift for Boston

Living virtually doesn’t have to mean toggling between Zoom meetings and YouTube puppy videos. Everyone needs a few good dog clips now and then, but don’t forget to get outside (see the city holiday walk below) and swap Zooms for a few December arts offerings. Our arts organizations need your support, and you need their work to keep your soul warm this winter.

Downtown Holiday Magic, downtown Boston, now through Jan. 31

NOV. 30, 2020 – Detail from the Huntington Theatre’s Downtown Holiday Magic window. Photo courtesy Boston Improvement District

With arts institutions unable to perform for audiences, they have come together for a way to bring some cheer to December. Downtown Crossing windows have come alive with winter celebrations designed by Boston’s marquee arts organizations. The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company created a projection-based design for an audio performance of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at 467 Washington St. Boston Ballet came up with an installation showing off the handmade costumes from “The Nutcracker” at 101 Arch St. Cambridge’s historic Revels put a twist on the winter solstice showing off the troupe’s singular style and sets at 395 Washington St.

“In the Absence of Things,” online, debuts Tuesday

Somi Kakoma’s “In the Absence of Things,” an experimental short film, looks at the spiritual consequences of the global pandemic on creative practices, what Kakoma calls “the emotional vibration and undemocratic fragility of cultural space and the living stage.” Presented by a team of cultural and arts organizations, including ArtsEmerson, a first look at the film and a conversation with Kakoma takes place Tuesday. Details at artsemerson.org.

DJ WhySham, Genie Santiago, Trap Beat Tranny, online, Saturday

Once’s virtual venue has celebrated so many artists during the 2020 concert season that wasn’t. Not surprising considering what the Somerville ballroom puts on in a typical year. Boogie to beats of this three-act bill that will run from chill to raging, tender to radical. The revolution won’t be televised but it will be streamed via Once. (Double dip at the virtual stage and sign on to see Linnea’s Garden on Friday.) Details at oncesomerville.com/virtual-venue/.

“Twist & Shout: An Evening of Dance, Spoken Word and Music,” online, Saturday

NOV. 30, 2020 – OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center celebrates its 26th season with performances by its dancers. Photo courtesy OCAC.

OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center celebrates its 26th season with this virtual gala featuring performances by its professional dancers. The arts non-profit founded by dancer and teacher Shaumba-Yandje Dibinga, which focuses on bringing dance, theater and African history education programs to underserved Boston neighborhoods, has been hit hard by the pandemic. Tune in, bid on silent auction items and help raise funds for the hundreds of kids OrigiNation works with each year. Details at originationinc.org.

“Black Voices Boston: Our Stories in Words and Movement,” online, debuts Sunday

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Boston College Women’s Basketball Stomps UNH 80-44

Via BCEagles.com press release:

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The Boston College women’s basketball team started the 2020-21 season with an 80-44 victory over New Hampshire in non-conference play on Wednesday afternoon at Conte Forum. With the win, head coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee improved to 3-0 in season openers at the Heights.

All-ACC preseason pick Taylor Soule led the way for the Eagles as she recorded 22 points and 12 rebounds. Junior Makayla Dickens added 14 points of her own on 5-of-10 shooting while junior Marnelle Garraud powered the defensive attack by notching four steals.

Junior Clara Ford earned her first career start and finished the afternoon with a career-high 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor.

The Eagles led the Wildcats 20-10 after one quarter of play with six points and four rebounds from Soule. BC closed out the quarter on a 13-2 run with help from two three-pointers from Garraud.

Boston College outscored the Wildcats 23-17 in quarter number two with another strong stretch by Soule. She finished the first half with 16 points and nine rebounds. BC was also helped by their stern defense, forcing 13 first-half turnovers.

The Eagles opened the third on a 17-5 run led by three, three-pointers from Dickens. BC went on to extend its lead to 67-32 heading into the fourth quarter. Disciplined defense proved key in the contest as the Wildcats were held to just five points in the quarter.

Redshirt freshman center Akunna Konkwo played in her first game as an Eagle and helped Boston College close out the contest by scoring seven fourth quarter points. The Eagles went on to outscore UNH 13-12 in the final frame and eventually topped the Wildcats 80-44.

BC returns to the court on Sunday at Conte Forum versus UMass. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. with live broadcast coverage on ACC Network Extra.

Game Notes

  • BC opened its 49th season of women’s basketball with a 80-44 victory over New Hampshire
  • BC is 35-14 all-time in season openers
  • BC is 3-0 in season openers under Joanna Bernabei-McNamee
  • The Eagles are 19-8 all-time against the Wildcats, including 3-0 when opening a new season against UNH
  • BC has won nine straight in the series versus UNH and is 16-4 at home against the Wildcats
  • Taylor Soule finished with her 11th career double-double with game-highs in points (22) and rebounds (12)
  • Junior forward Clara Ford finished with a career-high 12 points in her first career start
  • BC totaled 14 steals on the afternoon, the most in a game for the Eagles since 17 steals last season against Syracuse (Feb. 6, 2020)
  • The Eagles held a 38-22 scoring advantage in the paint
  • BC finished with four players in double-figures, led by Taylor Soule’s 22 points. Clara Ford (12), Makayla Dickens (14) and Akunna Konkwo (10) rounded out the Eagles with double-figures in the win

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Rhyne Howard, Aliyah Boston top AP preseason All-America women’s basketball team

Rhyne Howard is rewriting the record books at Kentucky and she is only a junior.

Now the Wildcats star is the first player from the school to be honored as a preseason All-American by The Associated Press. Howard was a unanimous choice by the 30-member national media panel on the team released Thursday.

She was joined on the five-player team by sophomore Aliyah Boston of South Carolina, who was also a unanimous pick. Seniors Dana Evans of Louisville, Aari McDonald of Arizona and Michaela Onyenwere of UCLA round out the squad.

Howard averaged 23.4 points last season and became the first player in school history to score 25 or more points in five straight games.

“Rhyne Howard was one of the best players in the nation last season and after seeing how hard she has worked this offseason and preseason, I have no doubt she’ll be in those same conversations this year,” Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell said. “What makes Rhyne so special is how she lifts everyone around her up. She is an exceptional person and player and very deserving to be Kentucky’s first AP Preseason All-American. I cannot wait to see what she has in store this season.”

As a freshman, Boston helped the Gamecocks win the SEC and earn their first No. 1 ranking in the final poll of the season. Expectations are high this year as well for South Carolina, which this week earned its first No. 1 preseason ranking in the AP Top 25.

Boston, who averaged 12.5 points and 9.4 rebounds last season, spent a lot of her time during the pandemic working on her shot.

“I was skeptical at the beginning, but we got here and she’s been making them ever since,” South Carolina coach Dawn Staley said. “Aliyah’s a great player. I can say that I can see it every day. You see great players get better and how they did it. It’s unbelievable to me. Unbelievable how much better she’s gotten.”

Like Boston, Evans spent her downtime this offseason working on her shot. She turned down a chance to go pro and enter the WNBA draft to return to Louisville.

“Dana is an extremely talented player, but she put the time in the gym to get to where she is. She really worked to improve her 3-point shot, but most of all she went from being an elite scorer to a true point guard,” Louisville coach Jeff Walz said.

Onyenwere is the second player ever from UCLA to be honored as a preseason All-American, joining Maylana Martin (1999-2000). Onyenwere averaged 19.1 points and 8.6 rebounds last season.

“Competitive, consistent, athletic, still growing and totally selfless,” UCLA coach Cori Close said of her star. “I believe she is an All-American and an obvious top-three draft pick. But even better than that, she couldn’t care less. She just wants to play her butt off and help our team win.”

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Howard, Boston lead AP women’s basketball All-America team

Rhyne Howard is rewriting the record books at Kentucky and she is only a junior.

Now the Wildcats star is the first player from the school to be honored as a preseason All-American by The Associated Press. Howard was a unanimous choice by the 30-member national media panel on the team released Thursday.

She was joined on the five-player team by sophomore Aliyah Boston of South Carolina, who was also a unanimous pick. Seniors Dana Evans of Louisville, Aari McDonald of Arizona and Michaela Onyenwere of UCLA round out the squad.

Howard averaged 23.4 points last season and became the first player in school history to score 25 or more points in five straight games .

“Rhyne Howard was one of the best players in the nation last season and after seeing how hard she has worked this offseason and preseason, I have no doubt she’ll be in those same conversations this year,” Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell said. “What makes Rhyne so special is how she lifts everyone around her up. She is an exceptional person and player and very deserving to be Kentucky’s first AP Preseason All-American. I cannot wait to see what she has in store this season.”

As a freshman, Boston helped the Gamecocks win the SEC and earn their first No. 1 ranking in the final poll of the season. Expectations are high this year as well for South Carolina, which this week earned its first No. 1 preseason ranking in the AP Top 25.

Boston, who averaged 12.5 points and 9.4 rebounds last season, spent a lot of her time during the pandemic working on her shot.

“I was skeptical at the beginning, but we got here and she’s been making them ever since,” South Carolina coach Dawn Staley said. “Aliyah’s a great player. I can say that I can see it every day. You see great players get better and how they did it. It’s unbelievable to me. Unbelievable how much better she’s gotten.”

Like Boston, Evans spent her downtime this offseason working on her shot. She turned down a chance to go pro and enter the WNBA draft to return to Louisville.

“Dana is an extremely talented player, but she put the time in the gym to get to where she is. She really worked to improve her 3-point shot, but most of all she went from being an elite scorer to a true point guard,” Louisville coach Jeff Walz said.

Onyenwere is the second player ever from UCLA to be honored as a preseason All-America, joining Maylana Martin (1999-00). Onyenwere averaged 19.1 points and 8.6 rebounds last season.

“Competitive, consistent, athletic, still growing and totally selfless,” UCLA coach Cori Close said of her star. “I believe she is an All-American and an obvious top three draft pick. But even better than that, she couldn’t care less. She just wants to play her butt off and help our team win.”

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Women’s March demonstrators take over Boston streets chanting ‘Vote Him Out’

Chanting “My Body My Choice,” and “Vote Him Out,” roughly 1,000 demonstrators took over the streets around Boston Common in a show of resistance to President Trump, one of more than 400 such events staged in all 50 states on Saturday.

The demonstrations were planned by the Women’s March organization that staged marches around the world the day after Trump’s inauguration to protest the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett and to rally voter opposition to Trump’s reelection.

“We’re not going to allow the Trump administration to decide who has equal rights and who doesn’t,” Siobhan Reidy, the lead organizer of the event, told demonstrators gathered across the street from the State House before the march. “We are here today to tell the temporary occupant of the White House that his sham of a nomination process is not supported by the American people.”

Starr Felder was in the crowd at a women's rally on Boston Common.
Starr Felder was in the crowd at a women’s rally on Boston Common.Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

Reidy pointed to liberal concerns that, with the addition of Barrett, a more conservative Supreme Court may overturn the rulings that legalized abortion and same-sex marriage, and may not uphold the Affordable Care Act instituted by President Obama.

“We are here to tell Amy Coney Barrett that Roe v. Wade, Obergefell v. Hodges and the ACA are settled law, and she will not take that away from us,” Reidy said.

“Tell them that we refuse to be handmaids,” she added.

Toiell Washington, of Black Boston, led the crowd in a call-and-response chant saying, “I will protect Black women. I will support women. I will believe Black women.”

And speaker Rosario Ubiera-Minaya used a cheeky reminder of the president’s preelection comments about women captured by Access Hollywood when she urged demonstrators from the Boston Common steps: “Let’s amplify our voices. Let’s grab him by the ballot.”

With polls indicating a gaping gender divide in the Nov. 3 election between Trump and Democratic nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden, women’s votes will be key to defeating Trump, Rachel O’Leary Carmona, Women’s March executive director, said in an interview. One recent poll found Biden’s lead over Trump to be 59 percent to 36 percent among women, the widest margin for a presidential candidate in exit polls since 1976.

“They’re about to learn what happens when you subvert the will of the people, when you come for women and when you come for democracy itself,” said O’Leary Carmona.

O’Leary Carmona called Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic “mind-blowingly incompetent.”

“By any kind of measure, we are sicker, we are poorer, we are unhappier than we were four years ago,” O’Leary Carmona said. “Oftentimes we talk about, are we thriving or are we surviving? I would say we’re not even surviving at this point.”

A person with their sign at a women's rally on Boston Common.
A person with their sign at a women’s rally on Boston Common.Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

State Representative Lindsay Sabadosa, who decided to run for office after organizing the women’s march in Northampton in 2017, told participants at the march that

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