Leigh Torbin | November 28, 2016
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The No. 1 Notre Dame women's basketball team found itself in a battle with undefeated TCU on Saturday afternoon, leading by just three points, 37-34, at halftime. With junior All-American Brianna Turner released from the early foul trouble that left her on the bench, the Irish (6-0) would close the third quarter on a 17-3 run en route to a 92-59 victory over the Horned Frogs (4-1).
Forced out of the game after four minutes with two quick fouls and just two points, a well-rested Turner scored 16 points in her 11 minutes of second half action as the Irish pulled away with the win. Turner has hit double figures in all six Notre Dame games this season and each of her last 24 overall.
"I thought Bri made a huge difference when she was back in the game," Karen and Kevin Keyes Family Head Women's Basketball Coach Muffet McGraw said. "She gives everyone confidence because we have another way to attack teams. Now they've got to worry about the inside which opens up the outside. So, Arike (Ogunbowale) gets free for a couple of threes. Marina (Mabrey) gets free for a couple of threes. The pressure on the defense turns into `we've got to stop the inside game' and it just changes things. It also helps our rebounding so we're able to get out in transition a lot more."