Ties that bind
Somehow, Zenevitch and Boudreau were assigned to be roommates this fall, in Boudreau’s freshman season and Zenevitch’s junior one at BC.
They were paired up again on an early-season trip to Seattle. Even the head coach was surprised how well that worked out. How could the two not hate each other?
“You’re not the only person who asked me that,” Zenevitch said. “I know Nicole gets these questions, too. We actually got really close. I call her my little freshman.”
“She’s funnier than I thought,” Boudreau said. “Obviously, she didn’t tell many jokes when I was playing against her in basketball.”
In a bizarre scene, Tildsley and Downer have even been spotted sitting next to each other at BC games.
And no one seems quite sure exactly how it happened, but there’s a strange chemistry between Zenevitch, the 6-foot-3-inch center, and Boudreau, the 5-11 point guard.
“My parents are saying the same thing,” Zenevitch said. “I don’t know what it is but we have a great connection on the floor. I think from practice, that communication, her telling me what I can do better, me helping her, telling her to take that shot — I don’t know where that came from.”
He might be biased, but Tildsley swears Boudreau is “the best player on the team.”
The Eagles, off to a 5-4 start this season, are 4-1 when Boudreau has at least eight field goal attempts. They’re 4-0 when she scores at least 13 points. And their two highest-scoring games, a 71-52 win over Holy Cross and a 68-40 win over Portland, have been the two games in which Boudreau has taken the most shots, combining to go 20 for 50 from the floor.
Tildsley thinks she needs to shoot more.
He think she fears disappointing her teammates. She wants to fit in. She wants to be the one to get everyone else involved.
“They certainly have a bond from the fact that they have some shared experiences,” Johnson said.
“I like that they both have a chip on their shoulder about New England. A lot of people say, ‘There isn’t enough talent in New England,’ and, ‘Boston College, they’re going to struggle in the ACC because they don’t have the athletes they have in North Carolina or Texas or Florida.
“Now you’ve got Nicole Boudreau and Katie Zenevitch with a chip on their shoulder. Let’s go show the ACC how we play.”