Leigh Torbin | December 19, 2016
After taking a week off for exams and facing a near-record crowd of 5,697 fans at Savage Arena and an 8-1 opponent, the No. 2 Notre Dame women's basketball team (10-1) fell behind Toledo, 5-0, at the start of the game. The Irish responded with runs of 8-0 and 14-0 before the end of the first quarter to take a 25-11 lead after 10 minutes and carry that momentum to an 85-68 victory on Sunday afternoon.
Brianna Turner turned in one of the best performances of her decorated Irish career, scoring 26 points, three off of her career high. Turner also chipped in eight rebounds, two blocks, two assists and a steal. She connected on 11 of her 13 shots from the floor. Turner extended her run of consecutive games scoring in double figures to 29 games as she aims to repeat as the ACC's Player of the Week.
The always-steady hands of Lindsay Allen dished out eight assists, her seventh time recording at least eight assists in 11 games this year. She also scored 10 points and recorded four steals. Marina Mabrey chipped in 19 points for the Irish while freshman Erin Boley poured in a productive 12 points off of the bench - the second-highest total of her young Irish career.
Kathryn Westbeld turned in a stat sheet stuffing performance, scoring eight points, grabbing seven rebounds and matching her career high with five assists. Playing in her home state, the Kettering, Ohio native also came up with a pair of steals on the day. Westbeld helped continue an interesting run where no Notre Dame player has lost a game in her home state (outside of Indiana) since 2011.