PLAYER OF THE WEEK
KAYLA MCBRIDE (Notre Dame, Junior, Guard)
- On Tuesday, No. 2 ranked Notre Dame shook off a 15-point deficit to defeat the Syracuse Orange. A key component to Notre Dame’s second half offense was junior guard Kayla McBride. McBride had a career-high 25 points and added five rebounds to help the Irish get back in the game. The Irish are still undefeated in the Big East and are now 16-0 in conference play.
GAME OF THE WEEK
(No.15) NORTH CAROLINA (58) @ (No.5) DUKE (65) —Sunday 3/3/13
- For the second time this season, the two rivals played for bragging rights, but this time it was on Duke’s turf. Duke defeated North Carolina once again, but this time behind the offensive prowess of freshman Alexis Jones. Jones had a season-high 22 points against the Tar Heels and hit all her big free throws. Elizabeth Williams added 13 points for the Blue Devils. This was Duke’s sixth straight win over their rivals. They put a stop to the turnovers and their defense was able to make the Tar Heels miss 19 consecutive shots over a ten-minute span during the second half. With the score only 65-58, defense was key for Duke. Tierra Ruffin-Pratt led North Carolina with 16 points.
CHAMPIONSHIP WEEK: BIG EAST CONFERENCE 3/8-3/12/13
- It’s championship week, which everyone has been working towards all season. Probably one of the most anticipated tournaments is the Big East Conference Championship. The first games of the week start today (March 8th), where the lower seeds: Cincinnati, Seton Hall, Pittsburgh, Marquette, Providence, and Georgetown will play to see who moves on to play St. John’s, DePaul and Villanova. The biggest games of the conference will come later in the week, when the winners advance to play the top ranked teams Notre Dame and UConn. Notre Dame is 16-0 in conference play, while Connecticut is 14-2. These two are expected to meet in the conference championship game.
Madison Zanotto covers Women’s Basketball for NetScouts Basketball. Thanks to Notre Dame Athletics for the photo.