Notre Dame Athletics | February 4, 2019
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The No. 5 Notre Dame women's basketball team limited Georgia Tech to 30 points through the first three quarters before rolling to a 90-50 victory over the Yellow Jackets (13-9, 3-6). Senior guard Marina Mabrey led the Fighting Irish (21-2, 8-1) with 20 points on a 6-for-7 shooting performance from three-point range. It marked her third straight game with 20 or more points.
"I thought our defense in the first half was really terrific," Karen & Kevin Keyes Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw said. "Defensively, we found the shooters, rebounded, ran -- we did everything. We held them to 13 points (in the first half) and that was really something to be happy with."
How It Happened
Notre Dame's first five field goals were each made by a different starter, as they shot out to 12-6 lead, which was later extended to 28-10 by the end of the quarter. Irish dished out nine assists on 11 made field goals in the opening period, led by 10 points from Jackie Young and eight from Jessica Shepard.
However, it was Notre Dame's defense which stole the headline of the first half. The Irish held Georgia Tech without a field goal for a 13 minute and 31 second stretch, spanning from 6:23 in the first to 2:52 in the second. In fact, the Yellow Jackets were limited to just one field goal, a three-pointer, in the second, as the Irish boasted a 54-13 advantage at the half. It marked both Notre Dame's best defensive quarter and half of the season.
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