NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale Bulldogs will put their six-game winning streak on the line Wednesday night when they host the Boston College Eagles. Yale (7-2) also looks to improve to 4-0 at home, while Boston College (2-6) looks to avoid losing a third straight game.
Yale is fresh off a dramatic win over Albany in its last game. The 64-53 win was Yale's second overtime victory in its six-game winning streak. Over the course of the streak, Yale has blown teams out and won games with big plays in the final stages. Four different players are scoring in double figures for Yale: Jen Berkowitz, Lena Munzer, Tamara Simpson and Meghan McIntyre. The team's depth has given it the ability to win games in many different ways and gain confidence as a result.
Last Time These Teams Met
Boston College defeated Yale 73-60 last season on Jan. 10, 2016. Yale struggled on the boards, being outrebounded 37-26. Center Mariella Fasoula grabbed nine of those rebounds for the Eagles, and she leads the team this year with 17.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.
This season, Yale has only been outrebounded once, and the team averages 43.9 rebounds compared to Boston College's 35.4. Improvement in that area should give Yale a much better chance in this year's matchup.
Last season, Jen Berkowitz came off the bench against Boston College and delivered an outstanding performance. Growing up in Wayland, Mass., Boston College was one of the most attractive local schools. She was motivated in her return near her hometown, and she scored a career-high 18 points.
She has built upon that performance since, surpassing her career high with 20 points against Wagner last week. In fact, she has scored 18+ points three times in the last five games. Her recent performance earned her Ivy League Player of the Week honors last week. This week, she was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll, along with fellow junior Tamara Simpson and senior Lena Munzer.
Report on the Boston College Eagles
After defeating Yale last season, Boston College was 12-3. The Eagles have struggled since, finishing last season 3-13 in their last 16 games, and starting this season 2-6. The Eagles are 1-4 away from home and 0-3 in true road games this season.
While Mariella Fasoula has been Boston College's best player this year, senior guard Kelly Hughes ranks second on the team behind her with 14.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. For Yale to earn its seventh straight win, limiting those two players will be a primary focus.
Next up, Yale travels to play the University of New Hampshire, Sunday at 1 p.m.
Filed by Andy Dougherty, Yale Sports Publicity