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The Miami Hurricanes women’s basketball team hosted the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Wasco Center in Coral Gables, FL Thursday night. The 25th ranked Canes looked for their 21st win of the season while trying to pull off the upset of the fourth-ranked Irish…
Both teams scored 22 points in the first quarter. Miami’s defense kept them in it by forcing three Notre Dame turnovers.
In the second quarter, the two teams would go scoreless in the first two minutes before a Mykea Gray jumper gave Miami a 24-22 lead. The Canes outscored the Irish 14-12 in the quarter and held a 36-34 lead at halftime.
Holding Notre Dame to just 37 percent shooting, a season-low for them, gave Miami the 72-65 upset victory. The win spelled a lost of firsts for the Canes, such as their first win over a defending champion and their first win over a higher-ranked team.
Beatrice Mompremier and Emese Hof both recorded double-doubles for Miami. Mompremier scored 18 points on six of 13 shooting. She added 12 rebounds. Hof scored 21 points on nine of 15 shooting and 13 rebounds.
As a team, they shot 39.1 percent (25 for 64) from the field. They were also able to out-rebound Notre Dame 46-37.
The loss for Notre Dame was their second loss to an unranked team this season (they lost to unranked North Carolina earlier in the month.) The 65 points was also their lowest of the season.
Despite the less than valiant effort from Notre Dame, Jessica Shepared recorded a double double. She scored 17 points on six of 12 shooting, including five of six from the free throw line.
The loss upset her more than the double double made her happy. She was in tears following the game. “The other team wanted it more than us,” she told ESPN, “that’s just not acceptable.”
The next game for the Canes will be a road game against Pitt. That game will be played Sunday afternoon with tip-off scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.