Leigh Torbin | January 30, 2017
On the day where Beth (Morgan) Cunningham went into the Notre Dame basketball Ring of Honor, it is fitting that one of the "wings" which she coaches would lead the team's scoring chart. Marina Mabrey scored 26 points, Arike Ogunbowale added 21 more and Lindsay Allen recorded a double-double with 11 rebounds and 10 assists as the Irish (20-3, 8-1 ACC) downed Virginia (14-7, 3-5), 82-74, on Sunday afternoon at a sold out Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center.
Virginia entered the game leading the ACC and ranking fourth nationally by yielding just 52.0 points per game, but the Irish would by far tally the most points against the Cavaliers in a regulation game this season. Notre Dame turned the ball over just 15 times, the fewest of any Virginia opponent this year, while setting opposing season highs with nine 3-pointers made, a 52.9% shooting percentage from three (9-for-17) and 22 assists.
Meanwhile, the victory gave the Irish their 20th win of the season for the 12th consecutive year and the 23rd time in the past 24 seasons. It also lifted Notre Dame into a tie with idle Florida State atop the ACC standings at 8-1 as the Irish battle for their fourth consecutive regular season ACC championship. The Irish and Seminoles will face off in the regular-season finale on Feb. 26 at Notre Dame.
Plays of the Game
Midway through the third quarter, Notre Dame scored on alley-oops 27 seconds apart to cap a 9-0 run, take a nine-point lead at 55-46, and force a Cavalier time out to halt their skid.
The sequence (number two in the highlight package above) started out when Marina Mabrey missed a three. Brianna Turner was knocked to the court while chasing the rebound, also impeding Ali Patberg. Virginia began to run in transition as J'Kyra Brown looked downcourt for a fast break outlet pass but, before they could get to half court, Mabrey came up with a steal. Still down court, Turner found herself all alone in the paint and Mabrey lobbed up a pass for her to lay home.