Curt Rallo | Mar. 28, 2014 | South Bend Tribune
Kayla McBride still has the scars on her knees from the basketball battles of her youth on the blacktop courts of Burton Park, along 38th Street in Erie, Pa.
McBride, a 5-foot-11 senior guard who has helped Notre Dame forge a 34-0 record, would be the only girl bold enough to take on Burton's best on those steamy summer days.
Still carrying some baby fat when she was 12 years old, McBride wasn't taken seriously.
"I was a little chubby, but I could shoot the ball," McBride said. "I had a mean crossover and a jump shot, and that's all that mattered."
What matters now to McBride is a national championship. The Irish, who have been to three consecutive Final Fours, continue their attempt to climb to the NCAA mountaintop on Saturday when they take their No. 1 seed up against fifth-seeded Oklahoma State (25-8) at 2:30 p.m. at Purcell Pavilion.