Foran leads St. Mary's over IND in 4th period Unbeaten No. 3 Saints defeat No. 11 Indians, 51-41

Girls basketball

January 06, 1996|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

The Institute of Notre Dame had high-scoring Robin Johnson and a loud home-court crowd.

St. Mary's had lightning quickness throughout most of its lineup, a 12-game winning streak and a resourceful full-court press.

And the winner again is unbeaten and third-ranked St. Mary's.

The Saints rode the fourth-quarter scoring and defensive heroics of senior Tara Foran to a 51-41 victory over No. 11 IND yesterday in a Catholic League duel.

Foran scored 10 of her team-high 16 points in the fourth quarter and had three steals to help break up a 31-31 tie at the end of the third quarter. She also finished with 12 rebounds.

Foran scored six straight points and had back-to-back steals in a little more than a minute to send the Saints ahead, 44-37, with 2:22 left in the game.

After that, the Indians (7-4 overall, 2-2 in the Catholic League) could do nothing but foul St. Mary's (13-0, 3-0) in hopes of getting back into the game.

Johnson was virtually unstoppable for IND and scored 24 points to give the Saints all kinds of trouble.

The 5-foot-9 senior hit eight of 11 shots from the field, including a length-of-the-court drive that tied the game at 35 with 6:05 remaining in the fourth quarter.

But she would score only one more basket the rest of the game and that was in the final seconds when the outcome had been determined.

"We moved Robin up front to give us some more scoring but that move hurt our ball-handling," said IND coach Deb Taylor.

"We need more confidence handling the ball against a press like St. Mary's. But I was proud of what we did in the first half. We set the tempo and did a good job defensively and had the lead at halftime [19-18]. But we ran out of gas in the fourth quarter."

The swarming St. Mary's defense has a way of wearing down opponents and it happened again yesterday when IND was primed to pull off an upset.

"We always have trouble hearing in this gym," said St. Mary's coach Harry Dobson. "We rely a lot on instructions from the bench and our girls have problems when they can't hear us. But we denied them the in-bounds pass in the second half and Emily [Lipton] did a good job on Johnson in the fourth quarter."

Junior point guard Heidi Moldenhauer carried the St. Mary's offense until Foran came to life. Moldenhauer scored 13 points and had five steals.

Another major contributor for St. Mary's was freshman forward Terri Daniels who came off the bench to score four points, get nine rebounds and four steals. Lipton added seven points and five assists.

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