Yesterday's game in the Project Survival-Greater Baltimore Women's Basketball Inc. Pre-Christmas Mixer Tournament at the College of Notre Dame pitting No. 1 Western and University City, the No. 3 team in Philadelphia, was supposed to have been a matchup to remember. For University City, it was one to forget.
Western won, 62-30.
After the Philadelphia team took a 2-0 lead, the Doves went on a 25-2 run culminated by a Kisha Ford (26 points) layup and subsequent foul shot 1 minute, 15 seconds into the second quarter, giving Western (3-0) a 25-4 lead.
Then things got ugly.
Up 37-19 at the half, Western scored the first 10 points of the third quarter to lead by 28. Doves coach Breezy Bishop emptied the bench, giving her substitutes valuable, although unexpected, playing time.
"We got the chance to give our bench some quality playing time," said Bishop, who said she thought the score would be closer. "The bench is still one of our weakest points, but they're beginning to show signs of developing."
In the other top matchup of the day, No. 3 St. Mary's, minus All-Metro forward Laura Coakley, lost to H.D. Woodson of Washington, ranked fifth by The Washington Post, 51-39.
Without Coakley, who is sidelined with a minor knee injury, the Saints were forced to rely upon their inexperienced bench to provide inside scoring punch.
Said St. Mary's (3-3) coach Carmine Blades: "Laura would have had an effect freeing the outside shooters. As a result, [Woodson] was able to concentrate on our outside game."
Guard Randall Goldsborough led St. Mary's with 12 points. Coakley is expected to return later this week.
In earlier action, McDonogh got 17 points from Sonia Chase, as the Eagles routed Mervo, 65-11. McDonogh outscored Mervo, 36-2, in the second half.
LaToya Moore scored 24 and Asia Al-Mateen added 14, as Poly beat Bryn Mawr, 56-48. The Mawrtians led 27-26 at the half before the Engineers went on a 21-11, third-quarter run to pull away.
The mixer's all-tournament team had Dana Johnson and Ford from Western, Melissa Cuneo from Seton Keough, Dawn Stewart from H.D. Woodson and Alice Miles from University City.