ST. LOUIS — Niele Ivey’s St. Louis homecoming could have gone a lot smoother. She didn’t plan on so many key players having to sit at a crucial time so that could be on the court at the end of the Shamrock Classic. Still, she gladly will take a 90-79 win over California.
The Irish (2-0) led by as much as 14 in the third quarter, but three players (olivia miles, Maddy Westbeld and Lauren Ebo) had four fouls before the end of that frame. With Ivey forced to go to her bench as the fourth quarter began, the Bears (1-1) whittled the deficit down to three. Fortunately, the Irish were able to calm themselves down, and the reserves were able to tread water before the foul-plagued starters could return. Once that happened, it was relatively smooth sailing.
dara mabrey led the Irish with 16 points before fouling out. Kylee Watson had 15 points and a game-high seven rebounds. sonia citron scored 14, Miles achieved a double-double of 13 points and 10 assists, and 12 points came from Westbeld.
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