Notre Dame Athletics | April 2, 2019
CHICAGO – Then there were four. The #1 seeded Notre Dame women's basketball team punched its ticket to Tampa on Monday night with an 84-68 win over #2 seeded Stanford in the Chicago Regional final. The Fighting Irish will be making their ninth trip to the Final Four.
Regional MVP Arike Ogunbowale poured in 21 points, with a 7-for-7 day from the free-throw line. All-Regional Team honoree Jessica Shepard notched yet another postseason double-double with 11 points and 14 boards.
Jackie Young tallied a game high 25 points, 19 of which came in the second half. She also picked up a double-double with 10 rebounds. Brianna Turner rounded out the double digit scorers with 14 points. Lastly, Marina Mabrey dished out a team best six assists.
"That was unbelievable. First half, could not make a shot. I thought we looked just completely out of sorts, very unlike what we normally look like. Credit to Stanford's defense. They were hitting the boards hard. They were packing it in. We couldn't get anything going. And then the second half we looked like ourselves again.," Karen & Kevin Keyes Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw said. "I thought that Arike was just phenomenal down the stretch. Jackie Young picked up where Arike left off in the third quarter when she got her fouls, but I thought Abby Prohaska gave us such a huge lift. That momentum really helped turn the game around."
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