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One of women’s basketball’s best teams is coming to Boston College

The Eagles will face a big test against ACC rival and perennial national power Louisville.

Joanna Bernabei-McNamee
Coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee and her Boston College team will be looking to shake up the ACC, and avenge an earlier loss, when Louisville arrives in Chestnut Hill. AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley

The Boston College women’s basketball team put together a pretty good start to its season, winning eight of its first nine at home, and 10 of its first 14 overall. That said, there was one eye-popping blip on their ledger: a 30-point loss at Louisville in late December.

Make no mistake, though. That result says much more about the caliber of the team coming to Conte Forum on January 16 than it does about the Eagles.

The Cardinals have established themselves as one of – if not the single – best teams in women’s college basketball this season, with BC just one of several quality opponents that they’ve overcome. Ranked No. 2 in the coaches’ poll 10 days before heading to Chestnut Hill, Louisville opened the year with a loss to Arizona, another heavyweight, but then proceeded to win its next 13 games. In the course of that streak the Cards beat Michigan, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, as well as the mighty UConn, all ranked teams, and won six other games by at least as wide a margin as they beat BC. 

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Leading the way for Lousiville are guards Kianna Smith and Hailey Van Lith (whose popularity extends beyond the court), as the ACC favorites as they look to build toward a fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA’s Elite Eight and potentially their first Final Four since 2018. With tickets at $10 for adults and $5 for those age 13 and under, the price is right for a prime chance to watch some of the best talent in the nation. (If attending, be mindful that as of Jan. 15, BC is requiring fans 12 and older to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination before entering the arena.)

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