Miami ends No. 4 Notre Dame’s road win streak, 78-63
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Adrienne Motley scored a career-high 32 points, and Miami snapped No. 4 Notre Dame’s record-tying 30-game road winning streak, beating the Fighting Irish 78-63 on Thursday night.
Jassany Williams blocked a school-record nine shots for the Hurricanes (12-3, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who stormed out to a 40-20 lead at halftime, wasted most of that cushion and then held on for their 10th win in 11 games.
Jewell Loyd scored 27 points for Notre Dame (14-2, 2-1), which got 17 points and 10 rebounds from Brianna Turner. Notre Dame’s last road loss was March 6, 2012, at Connecticut, which set the Division I women’s record with 30 straight road wins from 2008-10.
It was also Notre Dame’s first loss in 22 ACC regular-season and tournament games, plus its first loss to an unranked opponent in 62 games going back to Feb. 12, 2012, against West Virginia
The Hurricanes went on a 20-4 run to end the half, with Motley and Sterling combining for 16 of those Miami points. Notre Dame shot just 24 percent in the first 20 minutes, its six field goals matching the total Motley had herself by intermission.
Notre Dame, which came in averaging nearly 86 points per game, predictably came roaring back.
Turner was almost unguardable down low after halftime, and her three-point play with 8:28 left got the Fighting Irish within 55-49. But every time the Hurricanes looked to be on the ropes, they would counter.
Laura Quevedo hit a 3-pointer and punched the air in celebration to push the lead back to nine, and her three-point play about 4 minutes later extended Miami’s edge to 69-55.
Notre Dame: Turner played for Miami’s Katie Meier on the team that won the gold medal for the U.S. at the U-19 women’s world championships in 2013, and Michaela Mabrey played for Meier on the U-18 team. … The Irish started four guards, in part because F Taya Reimer – who had started all 15 of Notre Dame’s games prior to Thursday – was not with the team for personal reasons.
Miami: The Hurricanes became the second team to lead Notre Dame by at least 20 points this season, with Connecticut being the other. … Miami wears an ”ES” patch on its jerseys to pay tribute to Edna Shalala, who died late last year. Edna Shalala is the mother of University of Miami president Donna Shalala.
Notre Dame probably wasn’t in a very big hurry to leave the Miami area. The temperature when Notre Dame’s bus arrived at the Bank United Center was 68 degrees – a mere 57 degrees warmer than it was back on their campus at South Bend, Indiana, at the same time.
PAST VS. FUTURE
Notre Dame was recently an Adidas school, before it switched to Under Armour. Thursday’s game was played hours after Miami announced that it will no longer be a Nike school after this academic year, and will be playing in Adidas apparel for 12 years starting in September.
Notre Dame: Host Boston College on Sunday.
Miami: At Virginia Tech on Sunday.