SOUTH BEND – Taya Reimer is the first to admit she’s too nice.
Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw recently said she would like to see a little more meanness from her team, and in particular, from Reimer. McGraw saw a glimpse of what could be for the 6-foot-3 freshman forward Monday night.
Reimer had 19 points and 13 rebounds as No. 6 Notre Dame dominated No. 19 Michigan State on the boards in an 81-62 victory.
Jewell Loyd scored 22 points and added nine rebounds for the Irish (2-0), who outrebounded the Spartans 52-29.
I don’t think we’re quite where I want to be yet, McGraw said of her team’s toughness. I thought (Reimer and Loyd) played today a little differently. A little bit meaner.
Becca Mills scored 15 points and Annalise Pickrel had 11 points and 12 rebounds for Michigan State (0-1).
Of Reimer’s 13 rebounds, eight came on the offensive glass.
Just being physical and trying to be mean, that’s the only way that you can muscle for those rebounds, Reimer said. I definitely am too nice. I’m trying to work on it.
The Irish led by as many as 22 points in the second half, but Michigan State cut Notre Dame’s lead to 11 three times. The final time, with 7:15 to play, the Irish answered with a 9-0 run highlighted by a layup off an alley-oop pass and a tough basket in the paint by Loyd.
Jewell, I thought, was the player of the game, McGraw said. She made a lot of big things happen for us.
No. 1 CONNECTICUT 76, No. 3 STANFORD 57: In Storrs, Conn., Bria Hartley had 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists to lead the Huskies (2-0).
Kiah Stokes added 10 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks for Connecticut, which got a scare early in the second half when preseason All-America Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis went down trying for a rebound.
She landed awkwardly on her right arm and was down screaming in pain for a few minutes before being helped to the locker room.
No. 4 TENNESSEE 81, No. 12 NORTH CAROLINA 65: In Chapel Hill, N.C., Ariel Massengale scored a career-high 20 points to lead the Vols (2-0), who led by double figures most of the game.
No. 5 LOUISVILLE 100, QUINNIPIAC 82: In Louisville, Ky., Sara Hammond had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and the Cardinals forced 28 turnovers to win in the second round of the preseason WNIT.
No. 15 NEBRASKA 62, ALABAMA 48: In Lincoln, Neb., Emily Cady had the ninth double-double of her career, 19 points and 11 rebounds, to lead the Cornhuskers (2-0).
No. 16 TEXAS A&M 67, NORTH TEXAS 48: In Denton, Texas, Achiri Ade and Karla Gilbert combined for 26 points to lead the Aggies (1-0).
No. 6 ARIZONA 91, LONG BEACH STATE 57: In Tucson, Ariz., Aaron Gordon had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Brandon Ashley added 16 points to lead the Wildcats.
No. 15 GONZAGA 93, COLORADO STATE: In Spokane, Wash., Gary Bell Jr. scored all of his 24 points on 3-pointers to lead the Bullgdogs (2-0).
No. 19 CONNECTICUT 80, YALE 62: In Hartford, Conn., Shabazz Napier put up the 10th triple-double in UConn history to lead the Huskies. Napier finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for Connecticut (2-0).