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Miami Comes Up Short Against Notre Dame

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The Miami women’s basketball team fell to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 71-60, in the Canes’ final game of 2020.

Senior Endia Banks paced the Canes on offense, recording 18 points in the contest, to go along with five assists and three steals. 

Fellow senior Taylor Mason joined Banks in double-digits with 11 points and a team-leading seven rebounds of her own. Mason has scored in double-figures in five of seven games played this season.

It was all Miami to start the game as the Canes embarked on a 12-2 run to take a double-digit lead in the first five minutes. Miami forced six Notre Dame turnovers in the first frame, but the Fighting Irish closed the quarter on a 10-0 run, climbing back on top 14-13.

Four different Canes scored in the second frame and Miami retook the lead on Banks’ second 3-pointer of the contest. However, Notre Dame held the Canes scoreless for the final two minutes of the first half to take a 31-22 lead into halftime.

The game of runs continued in the second half as Miami pulled to within four thanks to a 9-0 run, but the Fighting Irish stretched their lead back to eight thanks to a 43.8 shooting percentage.

Miami continued to battle through the final quarter, with its senior class accounting for 72 percent of the Canes’ points in the frame. Time ran out on the Canes comeback as Notre Dame shot 71 percent from 3-point range to seal the victory.