Feb. 22, 2008
BALTIMORE, MD - The Neumann College women's basketball team traveled to play the College of Notre Dame for their final game of the season. The Knights ran away with the win by a score of 78-67 The Knights finish their season with a 15-10 overall record and a 10-6 in the conference, good enough for a chance in this year's PAC postseason tournament starting this coming Monday.
The Gators jumped out to an early 8-0 lead after two converted free throws by India Scott. Notre Dame maintained its eight point lead midway through the half, as the Gators led 21-13 with 9:10 to go in the period. Neumann came back with an 11-0 run over the next 2:46, capped off by a lay-up from Dorothy Rozier, giving the Knights a 24-21 edge. The Gators found themselves down as many as five points late in the half, but were able to come back and knot the game at 32 as both teams headed into their locker rooms.
The game remained tight over the first ten minutes of the second half, with the lead changing six times. The game was tied at 50 with 11:31 to go and the finally were able to take control of the game with the help of a 13-4 run over the next 3:26 minutes. Notre Dame closed the game within four points (70-66) with 3:41 remaining, but the Knights hit their final six free throws in a row to secure the 78-67 win.
The game was ultimately decided at the charity stripe, as a total of 80 free throws were attempted and 54 fouls were called in the contest. Neumann went to the line 47 times and converted 37 of those free throw attempts (78.7 percent) while Notre Dame made 19 of its 33 shots from the line (57.6 percent).
Neumann was paced by Brittany Whetts game-highs of 25 points and 17 rebounds. Dorothy Rozier also notched a double-double with 12 points and ten boards.
Both teams had a tough run from beyond the arc. Notre Dame made four of its 15 attempts from three point range (26.7 percent) while Neumann went one-for-seven (14.3%). Neumann out rebounded Notre Dame 51-43, but the Gators committed only 19 turnovers to the Knights 26.
The Knights have clinched a playoff spot and are seeded at the fifth place. The first round of PAC playoffs are set to tip off Monday, February 25th.