As time expired, Institute of Notre Dame coach Jerry Hahn took one last glance at the scoreboard just to make sure he wasn't dreaming.
The scoreboard was correct, however. Hahn's ninth-ranked Indians (4-1) had upset No. 5 Walbrook (2-1), 48-40, as part of the Greater Baltimore Women's Basketball Inc. Pre-Christmas Mixer Tournament at the College of Notre Dame last night.
The Indians prevailed, despite Walbrook's edge in size, quickness and athletic ability.
"This is our biggest win in several years," said Hahn.
The difference in the game was at the foul line. The Indians converted 26 of 37 free throws, led by senior guard Melanie Vogel (19 points, eight rebounds), who was 11-for-14 from the line. Walbrook made just four of 14 from the line.
Having to face No. 4 St. Mary's, Walbrook and Altoona, one of Pennsylvania's top teams, all in the same week, Hahn said he was just hoping not to go 0-3. St. Mary's had routed the Indians, 62-39, Tuesday.
"We'll see what we can come up with [today] against Altoona," Hahn said.
IND's strategy was to slow the tempo, keeping Walbrook out of its transition game.
"We wanted to slow it down and that's what we did," said Hahn. "The score at halftime [17-17] looked ridiculous, but that's what we wanted."
When Walbrook attempted to run, it could not convert. The Warriors were 16-for-69 from the field, and missed several layups.
"We were terrible," Walbrook coach Pete Connally said. "But IND deserves credit. They played tough, and they out-hustled us."
Walbrook, which was led by Lakeisha Dukes' 13 points, had to play the last five minutes without point guard Tina Fauntleroy (three points) and 6-foot-6 senior center Tabitha Chambers (nine points). Both fouled out.
"With Tabitha gone, they don't have that big easy lob," Hahn said. "I think that broke them apart a bit."
IND had led for most of the first half, but the Indians came out cold in the second half, committing turnovers on three of their first four possessions. The Warriors took a 20-17 lead with 13 minutes, 24 seconds remaining.
It would be their last lead.
Vogel made two free throws and freshman Shannon Skopp (11 && points) scored inside to put the Indians ahead to stay, 21-20, with 11:34 left. IND extended its lead to 42-32 with 3:21 remaining.
Vogel and Skopp combined to score 19 of the Indians' last 27 points.
"Melanie and Shannon did a great job," Hahn said. "I like the way Shannon plays as a freshman. She's not scared at all."
Hahn also praised 6-1 freshman Kortni Webb (nine points, seven rebounds).
"I think Kortni did a nice job on Tabitha," he said.
In other games:
The freshmen tandem of Chanel Wright (16 points) and Tesha Tinsley (13 points ) led No. 2 Western (4-1) to a 67-25 rout of Archbishop Spalding (3-5). The loss was Spalding's fourth in a row.
Sonia Chase scored 11, as No. 19 McDonogh (5-0) held on to defeat upset- minded Patterson (4-2), 37-30. Only three players scored for Patterson, led by Sharone Dixon (15 points) and Maggie Owsianny (13 points).