Notre Dame Athletics | December 7, 2017
In the team’s first home game since Nov. 11, the No. 3/2 University of Notre Dame women’s basketball team powered past Michigan State, 90-59, on Wednesday night inside Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center.
Arike Ogunbowale’s sixth game of 20-plus points this season and Lili Thompson’s first career double-double helped the Irish (8-1) achieve their sixth straight win over Michigan State (5-3).
"It was great to be home in front of our fans. The way we started the game, it looked like we were really happy to be home. That was as good of a start as we’ve had," Karen and Kevin Keyes Head Women's Basketball Coach Muffet McGraw said. "Overall, it was a good game."
How It Happened
Notre Dame opened the game with an 11-0 run which extended into a 19-4 advantage midway through the first. The Irish, which featured five different scorers in the quarter, held Michigan State scoreless for two separate 2:40 spurts in the period. Notre Dame ultimately limited the Spartans to nine points (23-9), which tied Michigan State’s lowest first-quarter output of the season and marked the fewest points allowed in the period by the Irish this season.