Notre Dame women's basketball: Irish handle France
MADRID -- Playing in oppressive triple-digit heat in a gym that was not air-conditioned, Notre Dame claimed a wire-to-wire 75-67 victory over the French All-Stars in the final game of its European tour.
Senior guard Kayla McBride led all scorers with 21 points, while grabbing a team-high seven rebounds for Notre Dame. Senior forward Natalie Achonwa added 13 points, six rebounds and four blocked shots, while junior guard Madison Cable dropped in 11 points.
Notre Dame owned a 42-29 rebounding edge and dished out 18 assists on 25 field goals. Freshman guard Lindsay Allen handed out a game-high six assists to go along with six points and a game-best three steals (part of Notre Dame’s 13 steals on the afternoon).
The Irish won all three games on the trip, the last two against the French side that is comprised of young professional players who also suit up for France’s Under-20, Under-18 and 3x3 World teams.
At Polideportivo Margarinos
NOTRE DAME (75): Natalie Achonwa 13, Taya Reimer 6, Lindsay Allen 6, Kayla McBride 21, Madison Cable 11, Whitney Holloway 3, Kristina Nelson 0, Michaela Mabrey 3, Hannah Huffman 2, Markisha Wright 8, Ariel Braker 2. TOTALS: 25-58 21-30 75.
FRENCH ALL-STARS (67): Alex Tchangoue 12, Maud Medenou 10, Leslie Fournier 4, Alexia Plagnard 6, Lydya Karlefors 2, Nyalissa Gomis 4, Kadidia Minte 17, Victori Majekodunmi 5, Melissa Mendes 5, Elodie Decker 2, Crystel Ongenda Mbo 0. TOTALS: 26-57 10-17 67.
3-point goals: Notre Dame 4 (McBride 2, Cable, Mabrey) French All-Stars 5 (Plagnard 2, Minte, Majekodunmi, Mendes). Total fouls: Notre Dame 19, French All-Stars 22.