Notre Dame Athletics | January 27, 2018
The No. 5 University of Notre Dame women's basketball team's offense was powered by 49 combined points from juniors Jessica Shepard and Marina Mabrey as the Irish cruised past Pittsburgh, 87-53.
The Irish (19-2, 7-1) used a double-double from Jessica Shepard to win their 10th road game of the season tonight at Pitt (9-12, 1-7), as the Nebraska native finished with 28 points and a season high tying 12 rebounds.
"We generally try to work inside out, and I thought Jessica had a size advantage from the tip," Karen and Kevin Keyes Family Women's Basketball Head Coach Muffet McGraw said. "The high-low was working for us. We were really looking for each other from the high post."
How It Happened
Notre Dame went on a 13-2 run over the final four minutes of the first quarter to jump out to a 20-11 advantage. Jessica Shepard was credited with 11 of Notre Dame's 13 points in the run, as the junior eventually scored 15 of the next 17 Irish points which extended into the second period.
The Irish surged on in the second period, recording an 18-2 run over a stretch of 6:21 to open a 38-16 lead. Notre Dame's defense played a pivotal role, holding Pittsburgh scoreless from the 6:15 mark to the 2:41 mark of the period. Shepard added six points and finished with 19 in the first half, complimented with 11 points from Ogunbowale, giving the Irish a 44-21 lead at the half.
Shepard led the Irish in the third period, when seven of her points sparked a 16-4 Notre Dame run.
The Irish later owned a 67-36 lead at the start of the fourth. Marina Mabrey nailed back-to-back three-pointers to start the final period, while Notre Dame cruised through the fourth quarter to secure the 87-53 victory over the Panthers.