BERLIN – The Cougars from Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame allowed the Toledo Waite Lady Indians to hang around for sixteen minutes and create the illusion that the Indians might be able to actually challenge for a victory Sunday at the Classic in the Country. The score was relatively close as the teams broke for the break, 40-29, but the Cougars came out strong in the third quarter and quickly removed any doubt by exploding for 22 third quarter points. The tally allowed them to coast home with an easy 76-42 victory.
The big star for the Lady Indians is sophomore Natasha Howard. Howard is considered one of the top sophomores in the nation but the Cougars virtually shut her down. Howard, who in recent games has been carrying her team, found it tough going against the Cougars. She managed double figures, 11 points, but each point was well earned. Shooting only 4-for-11, Howard appeared intimidated at times by the Cougar pressure and frustrated with her inability to get the ball in good shooting position as the Cougar defense swarmed her every time she touched the ball.
For the Cougars offensively, Tai McBride had a big night. McBride had a double-double by scoring 29 points and pulling down 11 rebounds and all while maintaining primary responsibility defensively for guarding the Indains’ Howard.
Mount Notre Dame’s Kendall Hackney continued to have a big weekend by contributing 13 points while her teammate, Gabby Smith, also turned some eyes as she followed up her solid Saturday evening performance by pouring in 13 points and pulling down 9 rebounds.
The Cougars dominated every aspect of the game.
MND’s defense forced the Indians to commit 28 turnovers. The Cougars also ruled the boards, out-rebounding the Indians, 47-29.
Unlike the previous evening when the Cougars allowed Bishop McGuinness to hang around until late in the fourth quarter, the Cougars seemed determined to put distance between themselves and Waite and to do so early.
Although the first quarter was relatively close, the Cougars opened it up in the second quarter and , after that, it was all Mount Notre Dame.