NCAAW: Cameron Swartz, BC Eagles break through vs. No. 19 Notre Dame

Boston College Eagles guard Cameron Swartz balanced 7.8 points per video game through the very first 6 video games of this season — down 5.6 from what she balanced in 2015.

But something clicked for Swartz on Dec. 2 when she dropped 29 on Penn State and she has actually balanced 17.6 over her last 12 video games, consisting of that a person.

Swartz’s season high of 39 points began Jan. 9 at Clemson and it assisted her make ACC Player of the Week honors. Then, on Thursday night versus the No. 19 Notre Dame Fighting Irish, she taped her third-highest scoring overall of the season with 28 and made the game-winning jumper in the secret with 2:01 staying to lead BC to a 14-point resurgence and its very first ranked win of the season.

Swartz’s game-winner put the Eagles up 72-70 and Notre Dame missed out on a set of shot efforts in the last 4 seconds, permitting BC to hold on 73-71 at Conte Forum.

With the win, BC moved from the first string out of ESPN’s bracketology to among the last 4 groups with a bye. ESPN thinks they must be a 10-seed if the season were to end today.

“This can’t be ‘oh this is the biggest win,’” stated BC head coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee. “This is what we build on.”

Swartz was 5-of-8 from downtown and included 4 helps. She and sharpshooter Makayla Dickens (6-of-10 from range, 20 points, 5 helps) represented all of the Eagles’ 3-pointers. Dickens was 10th in the country in 3-point portion (45) in 2015 and was 22nd in triples made per video game (2.84).

BC leading scorer Taylor Soule included 15 points and 10 rebounds — her very first double-double of the season.

The Eagles tracked by 5 after one and by 8 at the break. The Irish went on an 8-0 run from 4:37 in the 3rd to 2:53 in the 3rd to put themselves up 14. The run included 6 points from Maya Dodson. Swartz ended it with a trey at 2:35 staying prior to the 4th. That began a 15-0 run for BC that included 5 points each from Swartz and Dickens and was topped by a Maria Gakdeng layup that put the Eagles up one 17 seconds into the last frame.

Notre Dame would resist to lead by 6 two times in the 4th, consisting of with 4:54 to play. But Swartz made a 3 to suffice to 67-64 and Dickens later on included a trey that connected it at 70.

“I think one thing that our team has always been about is feeding the hot hand,” Swartz stated. “And it wasn’t just my hot hand tonight, which helped a lot. It was Makayla too. … She’d hit something then I’d hit something. So I felt like tonight was a really big tag team.”

Freshmen Sonia Citron (13 points, 8 rebounds, 4 helps) and Olivia Miles (12 points, 7 helps, 2 takes) had the very best video games for the Irish, while Sam Brunelle and Dodson included 15 and 13 points, respectively. Miles leads the country with 7.8 assistants per video game.

Brunelle was 6-of-8 from the field and 2-of-3 from deep to speed a 50.9 percent shooting night from the field for Notre Dame. That quickly beat BC’s 41.5 percent efficiency. But the Eagles’ 11 3s compared to the Irish’s 5 made the distinction.

“We’ve come really close to beating UNC or even a Louisville,” Soule stated. “Makayla Dickens is one of the greatest shooters in the nation. I have confidence in myself and everyone else on the team. We just had to come out and play our hearts out and that’s what we did.”

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