Cincinnati Travels to No. 2/3 Notre Dame|
Feb. 1, 2013
CINCINNATI -- The University of Cincinnati women's basketball team will face a fourth nationally-ranked team this season, traveling to Notre Dame for a Saturday afternoon contest. The Bearcats will enter the contest still looking for their first conference win while Notre Dame recently defeated No. 9 Tennessee by a 77-67 score on the road.
THE SERIES: Notre Dame leads the all-time series with a perfect 8-0 record. The Fighting Irish have won four of those meetings in South Bend and four in Cincinnati. Notre Dame defeated the Bearcats at home last season by a 76-50 score. The two squads have played every season since 2006, with the only prior meeting coming in February of 1982.
LAST TIME OUT: The Bearcats dropped a down to the wire road contest with Georgetown Tuesday evening, falling by a 54-52 final score. Holding the ball for the final possession, the Bearcats had a chance for a game-tying shot, but it wouldn't fall for UC.
Alyesha Lovett set a career-best scoring mark with 17 points. She also hit a career-high five threes on just nine attempts. She nailed back-to-back shots with less than five minutes in the first half to give UC their first lead of the contest.
SCOUTING THE FIGHTING IRISH: Notre Dame enters the contest after knocking off No. 9 Tennessee 77-67 on the road. Skylar Diggins set a new career scoring mark in the contest with 33 points on 13-of-26 shooting.
Notre Dame features four players averaging double digits with Skylar Diggins leading the way at 16.4 points. Kayla McBride (13.9), Natalie Achonwa (13.5) and Jewell Loyd (12.6) round out the double-digit scorers. Achonwa leads the team in rebounding this season with 9.2 rebounds per game. Loyd is second at 5.2 while Wright grabs 4.6 boards.