Fighting Irish Athletics | November 6, 2014
It was only a test drive for her team, but University of Notre Dame head women's basketball coach Muffet McGraw had to be pleased with the first spin around the block for the 2014-15 Fighting Irish.
Looking at times like a sports car on the Autobahn, No. 3 Notre Dame zipped up and down the floorboards at Purcell Pavilion on Wednesday night, jumping out to a 28-0 lead and rolling to a 92-32 exhibition win over NCAA Division II foe Ferris State before an enthusiastic crowd of 8,174 fans, the second-largest preseason audience in program history.
It was the 30th consecutive exhibition victory for the Fighting Irish, who also improved to 35-1 in preseason games dating back to the 1993-94 season.
Junior All-America guard Jewell Loyd (Lincolnwood, Ill./Niles West) looked every bit the part on Wednesday, scoring a game-high 20 points on nine of 10 shooting (her only miss coming from beyond the three-point line) and adding eight rebounds in 16 minutes of action.
Notre Dame also unveiled its blossoming post game, as freshman forward Brianna Turner (Pearland, Texas/Manvel) logged a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, and sophomore forward Taya Reimer (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) collected 10 points, 11 rebounds, five blocks and three assists.