Cram Session features quick-hitting athlete updates:
• Villa Maria graduate Kayla McBride and No. 2 Notre Dame will face perhaps their biggest challenge of the season thus far today at 2 p.m. when they visit No. 3 Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. The ACC game will be televised live on ESPN. The Fighting Irish are 20-0 overall and 7-0 in the ACC while Duke is 21-1, 8-0. McBride, a senior All-American, is averaging 16.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.
• Indiana will try to end its recent its Big Ten Conference slump today at 2 p.m. when the Hoosiers visit Illinois in Champaign, Ill. Indiana, which is coached by Girard native Curt Miller, started the season 14-0 but has fallen to 15-6 overall and 2-6 in the Big Ten. Illinois enters the game at 9-12, 2-6. Villa Maria grad Karlee McBride, a freshman guard, is averaging 10.1 minutes and 4.9 points per game for the Hoosiers.
• Harbor Creek graduate Jessica Zoltowski continues to play the best basketball of her career at Division III Elmira. She had 26 points, six steals and five rebounds in a 73-60 win over Houghton on Friday. She then had 16 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals in a 64-57 win over Utica on Saturday. She is averaging 21.2 points per game for Elmira, which improved to 13-4 overall and 5-2 in the Empire 8 Conference.
Zoltowski increased her career scoring total to 1,442 points and is now just 15 points behind Mary Kay Babcock’s school record of 1,457. Zoltowski, a 5-foot 9-inch senior guard, will go for the record Tuesday at home against Alfred University.
• General McLane grad Sarah Hansen was limited to six points and four rebounds Saturday as Florida Gulf Coast saw its eight-game winning streak end with a 63-43 loss to Northern Kentucky. The Eagles dropped to 8-1 in the Atlantic Sun Conference while slipping to 14-7 overall. Hansen, FGCU’s leading scorer, attempted only six shots from the field.
• Duquesne won its seventh straight game, a 55-45 victory at Richmond on Saturday. Girard graduate Raegan Moore did not play in the game. Duquesne’s website did not state why Moore was not in the lineup.
– Jeff Kirik, sports editor