SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Boston College coach Erik Johnson said his Eagles had no answer for No. 2 Notre Dame.
"We got exposed with a lot of things. I thought from a coaching point I got exposed by coach (Muffet) McGraw and her staff," Johnson said after a 95-53 loss Thursday night.
"They did a better job of attacking our zone, which had been really, really effective for the last bunch of games, against a lot of really good teams. They attacked us in ways we had not seen yet that we should have been prepared for a little bit more. They attacked us in ways we weren't prepared for," he said.
The Eagles (10-6, 1-1 ACC) were beaten in just about every facet of the game by the Irish as they lost by the largest margin so far this season and had their seven-game winning streak ended.
The Fighting Irish improved to 14-0 for just the third time in program history and won their 37th straight regular-season game and 20th straight at home.
"They scored from the inside, they scored from the outside and they defended us really, really well," Johnson said.
Notre Dame scored the first seven points of the game, stretched the lead to double figures in less than 10 minutes and by halftime its lead was bigger than the Eagles' most lopsided loss of the season. The Irish continued to pull away in the second half with its bench posting 55 points.
McGraw was pleased with the way the Irish reserves responded after being held to four points against Clemson.
"They are probably our best asset right now because I think we have the best depth of any team in the country," McGraw said. "We've just got some really good players coming off the bench."