2002-02-09 / Sports

Droesch Continues To Shine At Boston College

By Elio Velez

Droesch Continues To
Shine At Boston College
By Elio Velez

As the Boston College Eagles continue their winning ways, the Big East is beginning to take notice of the emerging talents of Freshman Clare Droesch.

The Belle Harbor native Droesch continues to display hot shooting from the field. She helped the 20th ranked Boston College (17-4 overall, 8-2 Big East) gain two wins against Big East conference foes, Georgetown and West Virginia.

In those two wins, Droesch averaged 21 points, 3 assists a game and hit 10 of 14 three pointers. For her efforts, she was named the Big East Rookie of the Week for the second time in the 2001-2002 season. Her previous win was for the week of December 23.

Droesch was on fire against West Virginia as the Eagles stormed out to a 28-10 lead in the first half. That was sparked by Droesch’ s three-3-pointers and she finished with a game high 17 points.

In BC’s game against Georgetown, her excellent play was sorely needed. The injury bug has hit the Eagles as they were missing three key players in Centers Kim Mackie and Maureen Leahy and Brianne Stephenson. Due to the physical play from Georgetown, BC Coach Cathy Inglese was very worried after trailing at halftime 40-37. ''They were making it hard for us to get the shots we wanted, and we had to pick up the defense,'' Inglese said.

As the second half began, Droesch admitted that she did not have a good first half and she needed to pick up her game. She exploded in the second half by draining 25 points and 5 three-pointers. Her three-pointer broke a 52-52 tie and sparked them to a 20-10 run in winning 74-62 Droesch explained her second half outburst afterwards by saying '' …my shot started to fall, and I started taking it to the basket.''

Droesch is one of four players whoa re averaging in double figures for BC. She is the team’s second leading scorer with 12.6 points per game and has played all 21 games this season.

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