Canes Come Up Short at No. 18/19 Notre Dame
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Miami women’s basketball (11-5, 1-4 ACC) outscored No. 18/19 Notre Dame (12-3, 3-2 ACC) by seven in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough as the Canes came up short in the road-swing finale, 70-59, Sunday, Jan. 14.
Shayeann Day-Wilson and Jaida Patrick tallied double-digit scoring games, going for 11 and 15 respectively. The first and third quarter saw just a two-point margin between both sides, but Notre Dame used a strong second quarter to create the margin.
FINAL | ND 70, Miami 59
Patrick connected on a three for the first points of the game and Ja’Leah Williams followed with a bucket in transition, setting up the Canes with a 5-0 lead. Notre Dame tallied a 6-0 run, but Lashae Dwyer slashed to the cup to give UM a 7-6 advantage at the first media. The first frame finished with three lead changes as ND held a 15-13 advantage after ten minutes.
Miami evened it at 15-15 with a Jasmyne Roberts layup to start the second, but Notre Dame rattled off a 10-0 run to take a 25-15 advantage just under two minutes into the quarter. Day-Wilson provided a spurt of offense with a three-pointer and layup in consecutive possessions, getting Miami within six. Day-Wilson paced the Canes with seven points in the first half, but ND held a 40-24 lead at the break.
UM got a stop and ran with it, going on a 6-0 run thanks to four points from Patrick, all of which came off steals. Notre Dame connected with a three-pointer, but Williams made a runner and Day-Wilson hit a pull-up jumper to get Miami within single digits for the first time since early in the second.
Notre Dame replied and brought its lead to a game-high tally early in the fourth quarter. UM answered with a 9-0 run in just over two minutes, cutting the deficit to 14 with 6:10 to go in the game. Patrick joined Day-Wilson with double-digit points, but the Fighting Irish stayed in front.
“We got more movement in the second half, but then there were a few turnovers at the top, which was a bad sign,” head coach Katie Meier said. “But, we fought and it’s a sign of things to come.”
- It was Miami’s second game against a ranked foe in as many contests and fourth against a ranked team away from the Watsco Center
- It was the 31st meeting between the two teams
- Day-Wilson notched her ninth double-digit scoring game of the season
- Patrick posted her sixth double-digit scoring game of the year
- Miami outscored its opponent in the paint for the fourth-straight game
- The final box score showed both teams tied in rebounding and assists
Miami gears up for its third-straight game against a ranked-ACC foe Thursday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. against NC State.