#5 Irish Speed Past #9 N.C. State, 95-72

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Notre Dame Athletics | February 19, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. – The No. 5 Notre Dame women's basketball team earned its third top-10 win and nation leading seventh ranked victory on Monday evening, defeating No. 9 N.C. State, 95-72. The Fighting Irish (24-3, 11-2) outscored the Wolfpack (22-3, 9-3), 54-36, in the second half and recorded a season-high 37 fastbreak points.
 
Jessica Shepard and Jackie Young each notched double-doubles. Shepard tallied 18 points and 13 rebounds while Young procured 16 points and 12 boards. Arike Ogunbowale flirted with a triple-double with 22 points, eight boards and eight assists.
 
Marina Mabrey earned her seventh game over 20 points with 21 tonight. Lastly, Brianna Turner made it five-for-five in starters in double figures with 12.
 
"We played together defensively, we rebounded, we got the break going, and I think when we get going in transition, we can score," Karen & Kevin Keyes Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw said. "It was the team effort on defense that I was really impressed with."
  
How It Happened

The Irish built an early 12-6 lead at 5:42 in the first behind their two post players in Shepard and Turner, who combined for nine of the points. A minute later, the Irish were up just 12-10 when Ogunbowale heated up, scoring nine of the team's final 11 points of the quarter to give Notre Dame a slight 23-21 advantage at the end of the period.

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