Leigh Torbin | February 20, 2017
The No. 7/6 Notre Dame women's basketball team rode a 15-0 run late in the third quarter and early in the fourth to overcome 32 minutes of deficit and claim an 85-80 win over No. 21 Syracuse on Sunday afternoon before a frenzied women's record crowd of 11,021 at the Carrier Dome. With the win, Notre Dame (25-3, 13-1 ACC) both maintains its hold on first place in the ACC but also earns a coveted double-bye for the upcoming ACC Tournament.
Brianna Turner had a career-high 31 points to lead Notre Dame, connecting on 13-of-14 from the field. She scored 19 points in the second half alone as the Irish turned an eight-point deficit into a five-point win. Marina Mabrey added 22 points, her third straight 20-plus point game and her sixth in ACC play. Jackie Young scored eight points and added a career-high 12 rebounds.
Notre Dame trailed by as many as 13 points in the first half but came back for victory, turning the tide with a 64.3% (9-for-14) shooting effort in the third quarter and then an even 7-of-14 in the final, decisive, quarter.
Notre Dame's work on the glass proved crucial today, outrebounding the Orange by a dominating 44-20 margin. Syracuse entered the game leading the ACC in offensive rebounding but was held to a season-low five today, helping the Irish establish a 22-3 advantage in second chance points. While the Orange collected five offensive boards as a team, Young grabbed seven all by herself for the Irish.