2003-03-29 / Sports

Droesch Goes Through Pain For Sweet 16

By Elio Velez
Droesch Goes Through Pain For Sweet 16 By Elio Velez


Boston College’s Clare DroeschBoston College’s Clare Droesch

NORFOLK, Va.- Clare Droesch’s ride to the NCAA Sweet 16 can be described by words such as labor, sweat, pain, hardwork, luck and skill. Boston College has echoed those same descriptions, as their hard fought journey in Norfolk Virginia will now lead them with a battle against #1 ranked Connecticut on ESPN on Sunday, March 30 at 12 p.m.

Droesch only played 11 minutes in BC’s first win over Old Dominion 73-72 but played an important role in the last 2 minutes. Coach Cathy Inglese put her in the game for her post up and drive to the basket. The Eagles were down 72-71 with a few ticks left in the clock when Amber Jacobs hit a top of the key jumper to win the game. Droesch had kept the ball alive twice on the offensive boards before Jacobs stunned the home crowd of 5,239.

"Becky did a great job penetrating, and so did Clare (Droesch). Our posts were right in there battling, and I got the tip out," said Jacobs. "Luck of the draw, the ball comes to me, and I get to shoot it."

Droesch played 29 minutes and scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in a BC one point win over Vanderbilt, 86-85. But Droesch’s showed her true grit as she battled a sprained ankle in the fourth quarter As her family and friends looked on, Droesch pulled the game even with 3:59 left. BC took the lead as Droesch sprained her ankle while banking a 25 foot three pointer with 2:08 left.


The Droesch family- left to right: George Droesch, father, George, brother, Clare, Peggy, grandmother and Pat­ricia Droesch, mother.The Droesch family- left to right: George Droesch, father, George, brother, Clare, Peggy, grandmother and Pat­ricia Droesch, mother.

The game went into overtime after Becky Gottstein missed 2 agonizing free throws with less than a second left in regulation. Droesch came back into the game even with a sprained ankle. "She’s a tough kid," said George Droesch, Clare’s father. "She sucked up the pain and got ready to play."

Droesch hit a falling down three and Amber Jacobs once again hit a jumper with 2.5 seconds to pull of the win. Boston College heads to Dayton, Ohio to play the #1 ranked team in the country. Connecticut has lost only game this season, which was in the Big East tournament to Villanova. BC lost a close 83-75 game to Connecticut on February 8.

George Droesch knows his daughter will be ready to play. "The family is excited. She is quite excited. She has struggled a bit this year but when it comes down the last five players on the court at the end of the game, the coach knows to put her in."

"This year, we’re ready for them."


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