The first Big Monday game did not disappoint, as #2 Notre Dame had to scramble to hold off #8 Maryland, 87-83:
COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Notre Dame had just won a close game on the road to remain unbeaten, yet Irish coach Muffet McGraw wore a disgusted look on her face.
That’s because second-ranked Notre Dame lost a 22-point lead and had to scramble to salvage an 87-83 win over No. 8 Maryland on Monday night.
“If it’s possible to be disappointed after a (win), I’d say that’s how I’m feeling right now,” McGraw said. “I thought we completely lost our poise, which is so unusual for us.”
Jewell Loyd scored a career-high 31 points and Kayla McBride had 20 for the Irish, who previously hadn’t yielded more than 76 points in a game.
Alyssa Thomas put up 29 points for the Terps.
Game #2 wasn’t so close, as #4 Stanford routed USC, 86-59, behind Chiney Ogwumike’s 30 points and 12 rebounds.