November 11, 2014

Up next: Boston College

Nov 13 update: The game will not be streamed live due to NCAA contractual requirements of webcasting the women’s soccer tournament game about the same time.

The Cardinal kicks off the regular season, as it did last year, with a game against Boston College, but this year it's at Maples — Friday evening at 5:30.

The game will not be televised, but Stanford Athletics will stream a live video of the game. Click here at game time to watch it. KZSU will be at Maples to broadcast the game (listen online) and live stats will be shown here.

The game is a double-header with the men playing Wofford at 9:00. That leaves just enough time for a quick dinner between games. Show your ticket stub for free general admission to the men's game.

Ready to go!

BC (Boston College) plays in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), a very powerful league that sent eight teams to the NCAA Tournament last season. The ACC was led by Notre Dame, Duke, North Carolina State and Maryland. BC finished 13th (of 15) with a 12-19 win-loss record.

The ACC gets even tougher this season — Louisville has joined the league. BC has been picked to finish 15th by the ACC coaches.

The Eagles' road has been rough in another respect — they've had two head coaching changes in the past seven years.

Cathy Inglese headed a successful program at BC for 15 years that included eight 20+ win seasons and seven NCAA Tournament appearances. She resigned after the 2007-08 season. It was rumored that she was ordered to do so by the BC Director of Athletics.

Sylvia Crawley headed the program for the next four years, with moderate success. However, her last season was dreadful (7-23 overall), and she resigned in 2012 for health reasons.

Erik Johnson and Yvonne Hawkins, who had both been assistant coaches under Inglese, returned to BC in 2012-13 as head coach and associate head coach.

The Eagles are optimistic about the upcoming season. Team captain Nicole Boudreau says, " The new culture we are trying to develop is more about being one, being a team, and playing for each other. We're not the biggest or strongest team, that's just not the way we are, but we play together, we play smart and if we do that then I think we can be successful."

Stanford won the game in Boston last season 83-69.

The Eagles lost two starters to graduation and have added five freshmen. They haven't played any exhibition games, so I have no idea who will start on Friday. However, based on last season's statistics, I expect that these five will get the most playing time:

  • #11, 5'9" junior guard Nicole Boudreau has started every game in her two seasons at BC. She led the team in assists (95, 3.1 apg) and steals (44, 1.4 spg), was third on the team in scoring (11.1 ppg.) and fourth in rebounding (3.5 rpg.) last season.

  • #15, 5'11" senior guard Lauren Engeln transferred to BC in 2012 after playing two seasons at Connecticut. She sat out the 2012-13 season, then stepped in and played the point for the team last season. She started every game and averaged 7.4 points and 2.7 assists per game.

  • #20, 5'9" senior guard/forward Shayra Brown missed last season after injuring her foot in the first game vs. Stanford. She played in all but one game in the preceding three seasons and will add athleticism and speed to the Eagles this season.

  • #44, 6'0" RS junior guard/forward Kat Cooper played in all but one game last season and started 25 times. She averaged 8.7 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.

  • #23, 5'11" sophomore guard Kelley Hughes had an excellent rookie season last year. She played in every game and was second on the team in scoring (11.2 ppg). She was the most prolific three-pointer shooter, taking 67% of her shots from beyond the arc and making 42% of them.
As Nicole Boudreau said, the Eagles are not the biggest or strongest. They do have several taller (6'2") players, but combined they made just 12% of the Eagles' rebounds last season. Senior forward Victoria Lesko, junior forward Alexa Coulombe and junior forward/center Karima Gabriel will be joined in the front court this season by 6'3" freshman center Katie Quandt.

Here is BC's roster.

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