No. 4 Notre Dame women rout C Michigan 106-72
Central Michigan’s leading scorer, Crystal Bradford, wasn’t sure
what to say about Sunday’s performance at Notre Dame.
After her team was beaten by the No. 4 Fighting Irish 106-72,
Chippewas coach Sue Guevara shrugged and told Bradford there was
nothing else to say, besides the truth.
”Notre Dame is at another level than where we are right now,”
Guevara said. ”They have a lot of weapons.
”They just took it down our throats.”
Jewell Loyd scored a career-high 30 points on 12 of 15 shooting
to go with 11 rebounds for Notre Dame, which never trailed.
”I thought Jewell was amazing, just simply amazing,” Irish
coach Muffet McGraw said.
Bradford led Central Michigan with 30 points and 13 rebounds as
the Chippewas (4-6) lost to their third top-10 opponent this
Kayla McBride added 18 points and eight rebounds for the Irish,
and reserve Michaela Mabrey tied a career high with four 3-pointers
to finish with 17.
Notre Dame (10-0) will likely move up in the polls after No. 2
Duke and No. 3 Tennessee lost earlier in the week. The Irish
recorded their 800th win in school history, the 27th Division I
program to do so.
”I vote top 25, and I know they’re in the top four,” Guevara
said. ”We lost to a really good basketball team. I’m glad we’re
not playing them again.”
The Irish scored 32 points off of 25 Chippewa turnovers, getting
out in transition throughout the game, with Loyd often leading the
Central Michigan started out 0 of 7 from 3-point range. The
Chippewas were fourth in the country coming in with nearly 10
3-pointers per game, but finished 6 of 24 against the Irish.
Bradford needed 13 more shots than Loyd to reach 30 points.
”You see 30 points, but it’s a bad 30, I feel,” Bradford said.
”My shot selection wasn’t as efficient as it should have been,