Notre Dame Athletics | February 11, 2019
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The No. 4 Notre Dame women's basketball team bounced back with a 97-70 win over No. 24 Florida State (20-4, 8-3) on Sunday. The Fighting Irish (22-3, 9-2) were powered by the duo of Arike Ogunbowale and Jessica Shepard, who combined for 53 points and 17 rebounds.
"I felt we had a lot more movement today," Karen & Kevin Keyes Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw said. "We rebounded better and I was, overall, pleased with pretty much everything that happened on the offensive end. I thought Arike looked like her old self. She shot the ball really well and Jessica did a lot of really good things, so it was great to feel like we got it back a little bit."
How It Happened
Shepard and Ogunbowale combined for 19 points in the first quarter to give the Irish a 28-22 advantage by the end of the period. Notre Dame shot 12-for-21 in a quarter that featured no break for the media timeout.
At 4:46 in the second, Ogunbowale seized the momentum for the home team by scoring eight straight points in under a minute. The senior hit back-to-back threes, which included a fadeaway deep in the left corner. Ogunbowale then earned a steal down on the other end before Florida State was called for an intentional foul, resulting in a pair of free throws.
All-in-all, the Irish ended the half on a 13-5 scoring spree to take a 52-38 lead at the midway point. Ogunbowale boasted 19 points at the half, followed by 16 from Shepard.
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