"As most people can see, we are not the tallest team by any means, but we utilize our skills," Whelan said. "We're really a fast team all around with Caroline and Peyton especially, so we work to our advantage when we press the whole game and get teams tired."
Imani, Gallian and Whelan combined to score all 21 of Catholic's fourth-quarter points, with Whelan going 6 for 6 from the line to complete the Irish scoring. Despite the late surge, it had been a bit of an off night for Catholic's senior point guard as Whelan went just 4 of 21 from the field, including 1 for 11 from 3-point range.
But while she may have struggled with her shot she was still a factor, piling up seven assists and five steals to go with 15 points.
"It wasn't that frustrating for me because all of my players are right behind me," Whelan said. "Maddie [Blaydes] came in with some great shots off the bench in the beginning and Vida was just doing great throughout the game and so was everyone else. I was just trying to pass the ball more because my shots weren't falling."
Imani's shots were falling as the freshman continued a solid campaign with 16 points on 7 of 10 shooting to go with six rebounds. Gallian finished with 10 while Blaydes had all seven of her points in the first half to keep the Irish afloat.
"They stepped up, they fought, and winning on the road is never easy and it's always nice to come out of a tough environment against a good team with a win," Bogan said.
Katie Allen scored nine points for Buffalo.
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