Droesch, Eagles Head To Sweet 16 Showdown
It has been an interesting year for Belle Harbor native Clare Droesch. After struggling through the first half of the season, Droesch has shown the skills that made her one of the top city players at Christ the King High School. Boston College has benefited as they advanced to their second consecutive NCAA Sweet 16 appearance.
When #3 seeded Boston College was up 20 points against Eastern Michi gan in the first six minutes, it seemed as if it would be an easy win for the Eagles in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last Saturday.
Boston College found out that they cannot take their opponent lightly. Eastern Michigan stormed back and led 53-52 with 3:31 left in the second half. The Eagles tied the score when Clare Droesch started the play that would lead to their win.
Droesch, who scored 11 points, brought down 11 rebounds and dished 5 assists, threw a crosscourt heave pass to center Katherine Ress. With less than 10 seconds left, Ress hit the turnaround bankshot as the Eagles advanced 58-56.
In their second round game, the Eagles faced another hostile crowd as they played against Ohio State at St. John’s Arena on the Ohio State campus.
Droesch told the Boston Herald that her Eagles went through hostile territory to defeat one of the top teams in the country in UCONN to win the Big East Tournament.
"You have 16,000 people screaming at you, cheering, and you can’t even hear Amber (Jacobs) saying anything", Droesch said. "The best thing to do is come down and hit a shot and shut them all up, and that’s what we did.’’
With Boston College accustomed to that setting, they held off #6 seed Ohio State 63-48 last Monday night. Though Droesch did not have a strong game on offense, her defense held the Buckeyes scoreless for 8 minutes in the second half. The Buckeyes shot only 36.8% for the game after leading the nation in field goal percentage during the regular season.
The Eagles hope to advance to the Elite 8 when they take on #7 seeded Minnesota in Norfolk, Virginia on Sunday, March 28 at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN 2. Minnesota upset #2 seed Kansas State 80-61 in the second round.