The relentless pursuit of an unbeaten season by third-ranked St. Mary's continued in grand style yesterday.
The 19-0 Saints used their home court as the scene for a 56-37 romp past No. 18 Institute of Notre Dame.
It is now obvious that probably only top-ranked Seton Keough has a good chance to halt the St. Mary's machine when the two teams meet Feb. 14 and Feb. 16 in two highly anticipated Catholic League showdowns.
The Feb. 16 encounter at Seton Keough will be a third attempt to play a game that was originally scheduled for Jan. 12 and postponed first by the blizzard and then by bad weather conditions last Sunday.
The Saints were led yesterday by junior guard Nicole Foran, who scored a season-high 15 points, had four assists, three steals and three rebounds.
Foran also put the clamps defensively on IND senior standout Robin Johnson, who scored only four points in the first half and wound up with nine.
Foran has spent most of the season doing all the little things it helps to win games but yesterday she also became a scorer.
Moments after his Saints (9-0 in the league) had polished off IND (10-7, 5-4), St. Mary's coach Harry Dobson said the long delay before the Seton Keough game will have no effect on his team.
"Our girls are ready for them," said Dobson. "They believe we are the better team and want to go out and prove it."
IND coach Deb Taylor said the major hurdle for St. Mary's against Seton Keough will be "handling Keough's strong man-to-man defense."
"But St. Mary's has so many weapons," said Taylor. "They can go eight or nine deep on the bench and bring people in the game who can shoot the lights out like they did in the second half today."
St. Mary's beat IND, 51-41, the first time the teams met.