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#7 Irish Cruise To Exhibition Victory Over California (Pa.)
Freshman Taya Reimer got her career off to a quick start with 27 points and six boards in an Irish exhibition win over California (Pa.) Wednesday night.
 
Freshman Taya Reimer got her career off to a quick start with 27 points and six boards in an Irish exhibition win over California (Pa.) Wednesday night.

Oct. 30, 2013

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. - With three seniors out with injuries, the University of Notre Dame women's basketball team put its young talent on display Wednesday night in a convincing 118-49 exhibition win over the Division II California (Pa.) Vulcans in front of 7,743 fans at Purcell Pavilion.

Despite senior leaders Ariel Braker, Kayla McBride and Natalie Achonwa not dressing for the exhibition, the Irish had limited issues with the Vulcans after the game's opening minutes as they poured on the points in the first half on their way to a 70-20 halftime lead.

In the second half, the Irish stretched their lead to 77 before settling in for the 69-point victory.

The win improves the Fighting Irish exhibition record to 34-1 in games since 1993-94 and was also the highest scoring exhibition game in Notre Dame women's basketball history. The previous high was a 111-82 win over the Visby Ladies of Sweden Club in 1998.

Notre Dame had offensive production from everyone in uniform as all 10 players that dressed out got on the scoreboard. The Irish shot an impressive 61.8% from the field, including 72.2% in the first half.

The Irish also hit the glass hard to win the rebounding battle, 56-25, and shot 39 free throws (making 29) to just nine for the Vulcans.  

Freshmen Taya Reimer and Lindsay Allen kicked off their Irish careers in fine fashion as they combined for 40 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists and two blocks in 48 minutes of action between the two.

Reimer got off to a perfect start on offense, as the Fishers, Ind., native went 11-for-11 from the field and 5-for-5 from the free-throw line in just 20 minutes of on-court play.

"I was just really trying to be in the right place at the right time," said Reimer. "Jewell (Loyd) and Lindsay [Allen] both did a great job of looking in the post and looking for me, and I tried to do the same for them. But I was just trying to be as physical as I could down low and just be in the right spot to get those shots."

Allen, meanwhile, dished out nine assists and had just one turnover in 28 minutes.

"I definitely didn't want the one turnover, but nine assists and one turnover is fine," said Allen. "With the offense that we have and this transition game that we have, it makes it a lot easier to just kick the ball up."

Reigning National Freshman of the Year Jewell Loyd picked up where she left off last season, matching Reimer's 27 points in just 19 minutes of action.

"I'm just trying to take what the defense gives me," said Loyd. "I know Coach wants me to get inside and be mean and try to attack the basket and just let the game come to me. I just took what the defense gave me tonight."

Elsewhere, junior Markisha Wright posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 boards and sophomore Michaela Mabrey went 6-of-7 from the free-throw line on her way to 15 points.

Starting two freshmen (Reimer and Allen), two sophomores (Michaela Mabrey and Jewell Loyd) and junior Madison Cable, head coach Muffet McGraw was pleased with Loyd, Reimer and Allen on offense, but found plenty of areas where the Irish could improve before they open the regular season at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 against the UNC Wilmington Seahawks.     

"I was very disappointed in our defense," said McGraw. "I was disappointed with the intensity of our defense. I was disappointed with our transition defense. I was very disappointed with everyone on defense. Offensively, I thought Jewell [Loyd] played really well. She attacked the basket more. Taya [Reimer], I thought shot the ball extremely well. We got her in really good positions. That's a fantastic line for a freshman in her first game. And I was really pleased with Lindsay Allen. She ran the team well. She took good shots, took care of the ball and only had one turnover. We had 16 as a group. So I was really pleased."

Junior Emma Mahady (11 points) and senior Elena Antonenko (7 points) led in scoring for California (Pa.), who is receiving votes in Division II after finishing 22-9 overall and 15-7 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) under third year head coach and former Penn State standout Jess Strom.  

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November 3
7:00 PM
Roberts Wesleyan
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November 11
7:00 PM
Central Michigan Notre Dame
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WNIT Quarterfinals
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7:00 PM
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3:00 PM
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1:00 PM
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9:00 PM
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1:00 PM
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Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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7:00 PM
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December 10
8:00 PM
DePaul
Chicago, Ill. (McGrath-Phillips Arena)
December 18
2:00 PM
Toledo
Toledo, Ohio (Savage Arena)
December 20
7:00 PM
Michigan State
East Lansing, Mich. (Breslin Center)

BTN
December 27
6:30 PM
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Chattanooga, Tenn. (McKenzie Arena)
December 29
7:00 PM
North Carolina State
Raleigh, N.C. (Reynolds Coliseum)

ACC Network Extra
January 2
7:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (McCamish Pavilion)
January 5
7:00 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
January 8
3:00 PM
Miami
Coral Gables, Fla. (BankUnited Center)

ESPN Flex
January 12
7:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, Ind.

ACC Network Extra
January 16
7:00 PM
Tennessee
Knoxville, Tenn. (Thompson-Boling Arena)

ESPN2
January 19
7:00 PM
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Conte Forum)
January 22
12:00 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Carmichael Arena)

ESPNU
January 26
7:00 PM
Duke
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
January 29
12:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPNU
February 2
7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Cassell Coliseum)
February 6
7:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN2
February 12
1:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
February 16
7:00 PM
Clemson
Clemson, S.C. (Littlejohn Coliseum)
February 19
5:00 PM
Syracuse
Syracuse, N.Y. (Carrier Dome)

ESPN2
February 23
7:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
February 26
1:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN2
March 17
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TBD
March 24
TBA
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TBD
March 31
TBA
NCAA Semifinals
Dallas, Texas (American Airlines Center)
April 2
TBA
NCAA Final
Dallas, Texas (American Airlines Center)

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