Leigh Torbin | January 4, 2017
No. 7/2 Notre Dame (13-2, 1-1 ACC) used a 23-2 run in the late first and early second quarters to pull away to an eventual 55-38 victory over Georgia Tech (11-3, 0-1) on Monday night at McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta.
Arike Ogunbowale led all scorers with 18 points while Brianna Turner narrowly missed a double-double with her nine points and 11 assists. Lindsay Allen also put forth a balanced stat line on the night with seven points, seven rebounds and eight assists. Ogunbowale had 14 points in the first half.
In holding Georgia Tech to 38 points on its home floor, Notre Dame's defense shut down the Yellow Jackets better than any team has done as an Atlanta visitor since Virginia beat Georgia Tech, 61-38, on Jan. 10, 2005, at then-Alexander Memorial Coliseum.
Notre Dame has only trailed twice after the first quarter with one of those coming in the team's last outing. The Irish ensured it would not happen twice in a row and capped it spectacularly. Notre Dame closed the first quarter in a 6-0 run and capped it delightfully with one of the transitional plays of the day.
Jackie Young stole the ball with eight seconds left in the opening stanza under her own basket. Young calmly got the ball to Marina Mabrey who pushed it up court and found Kathryn Westbeld for a drive and left-handed lay-up in the final second.
The Irish rode that momentum into the second quarter, which Notre Dame opened on a 17-2 run to take command of the contest.