Villa Maria graduate Kayla McBride did more than just take in the sights during her 10-day swing through England and Spain with the Notre Dame women’s basketball team.
The senior guard helped the Irish to three wins in three games, capping the trip by scoring 21 points and grabbing a team-high seven rebounds in the Fighting Irish’s 75-67 win over the French All-Stars in Madrid last weekend. The game was closed to the public.
McBride hit two clutch free throws in the final minutes after the French squad pulled to within four at 71-67.
“This was probably our toughest game of the three on this trip,” McBride said on the Notre Dame website. “It was really hot in the gym, the floor was slippery at times, and you have an opponent like the French team that saw us just a few days ago and knows us better than maybe another different opponent would on a trip like this.
“But that’s part of the challenge of playing these games, and we got some big stops when it mattered, made the shots we had to, and got the win.”
The Fighting Irish managed to squeeze in a little sightseeing along with their basketball during the trip, which ended Tuesday.
McBride, a 5-foot 11-inch All-America senior guard, scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds in 22 minutes in the first meeting with the French All-Stars. Check out a McBride interview after ND’s 75-57 win in that game. She had nine points in a 101-54 rout of Barking Abbey School in London.