Notre Dame Athletics | January 11, 2019
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The No. 1 Notre Dame women's basketball team used a strong second half to push past No. 2 Louisville, 82-68, in front of a sold out crowd Thursday night at Purcell Pavilion. The Fighting Irish (15-1, 3-0) outscored the Cardinals (14-1, 2-1) 24-12 in the third quarter to shift momentum after a back and forth first half. Arike Ogunbowale, recently named to the Wooden Award Top-25 Midseason Watch List, was the closer for the Irish as she scored the final 12 points to secure the win.
Ogunbowale paced the Irish with 30 points on the night, including 26 in the second half. Ogunbowale was one of three Irish starters to score in double figures, joined by Brianna Turner (16 pts.) and Jackie Young (14 pts.). The Irish dominated the rebounding battle to a tune of 48-32 which led to 20 second-chance points. Jessica Shepard led the Irish with 15 rebounds, her sixth game this season with 10 or more.
"Both teams had the lead, both teams had to fight back. I was so proud of what we did. We saw a 14-point lead wither away and didn't panic," Karen & Kevin Keyes Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw said. "Arike really did some big things down the stretch. We really tried to get the ball to Brianna a lot, with good reason. Overall, a great win, but it's still early and we have a lot of games to play."
How It Happened
It was a game of runs in the first quarter as Notre Dame went up 7-5 at the 7:04 mark - followed by a 6-0 Louisville run - then an 8-0 Irish run - and finally a 6-0 Cardinals dash before the game began to settle down. A few buckets from the charity stripe from Shepard, Ogunbowale and Young pushed the Irish ahead 20-19 at the end of the period.
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