SOUTH BEND – Cincinnati had no chance once Kayla McBride found her rhythm, and she found it fast.
McBride broke out of a shooting slump by making her first seven shots and scoring 17 of her 19 points in the first half as second-ranked Notre Dame jumped to an early 23-point lead and beat Cincinnati 64-42 on Saturday for their 15th straight win.
I think a lot of it has to do with my shot selection, McBride said. I was just open and I was just hitting shots today.
McBride had made just 4 of 18 shots against Tennessee on Monday and missed all five shots the previous game against Providence. She said she watched a lot of film during the week and thought she needed to do a better job of choosing her shots saying she tried to do too much against the Volunteers after missing some shots.
Because you want to get that back. But sometimes it makes it worse, she said. I think today was a lot better and a lot more calm.
McBride twice made three straight baskets for the Irish (20-1, 8-0 Big East).
It’s probably one of the better individual performances I’ve seen this season long in the Big East, Cincinnati coach Jamelle Elliott said.
Kayla Cook led the Bearcats (8-13, 0-8) with 12 points. Dayeesha Hollins, the Bearcats’ leading scorer at 15.4 points game, was held to a season-low six points.
The victory was the 699th career win in 31 seasons for coach Muffet McGraw, 26 coaching Notre Dame. McGraw played down the importance of her next win being No. 700, saying it’s not that impressive.
Not when you see Pat Summitt win a thousand. It seems like a pretty small number to me, she said.
No. 3 CONNECTICUT 71, ST. JOHN’S 65: In New York, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 19 points and Kelly Faris added 17 as the Huskies (20-1, 7-1 Big East) had to work for the entire game to earn this win.
Shenneika Smith led St. John’s (10-10, 4-4) with 21 points.
No. 12 LOUISVILLE 74, GEORGETOWN 60: In Louisville, Ky., Antonita Slaughter scored 22 points to lead the Cardinals (19-4, 7-2 Big East) to their fifth consecutive win.
Katie McCormick led the Hoyas (13-9, 4-5) with 21 points, 18 in the second half.
No. 23 IOWA STATE 67, TEXAS TECH 52: In Ames, Iowa, Chelsea Poppens scored 18 points and had nine rebounds as the Cyclones (15-5, 6-4 Big 12) rallied from eight points down just past the midway point of the first half.
Anna Prins added 12 points for Iowa State.
Chynna Brown led the Red Raiders (16-6, 6-4) with 18 points and eight rebounds.