Leigh Torbin | March 5, 2017
Four years in the ACC and the No. 3 Notre Dame women's basketball team now had a fourth tournament championship to accompany its four outright regular season championships. The Irish went on a 20-2 run in the third quarter to run away from No. 13/11 Duke, 84-61, in the ACC Tournament title game on Sunday afternoon at Coastal Carolina's HTC Center.
Lindsay Allen set a career high and tied the ACC Tournament record with 13 assists, while also chipping in 11 points for her second-straight double-double and, with it, Tournament MVP honors. Arike Ogunbowale led all scorers with 21 points while Brianna Turner chipped in 18 and freshman Erin Boley scored 14 off of the bench in one of the best efforts of her promising Irish career.
Allen racked up 33 assists in the three-game event, breaking a 37-year old tournament record of 30 by Maryland's Debbie Lytle, set in 1980.
MVP, All-Tourney Team
Lindsay Allen earned Tournament Most Valuable Player honors and a spot on the all-tournament first team. She was joined on the all-tournament team by Marina Mabrey and Arike Ogunbowale. Brianna Turner claimed a spot on the all-tournament second team.
Fast First Minute
Notre Dame charged out of the gate in the game's opening minute and put Duke on its heels early, leading to a Blue Devil timeout just 1:14 into the game and already staring down a 7-0 deficit.
For the 28th time in 33 games this year, Brianna Turner controlled the opening tip. It went right to Arike Ogunbowale who read Kathryn Westbeld's rush to the basket which the junior completed with a layup just four seconds into the game. Notre Dame's second possession saw Lindsay Allen kick one out to Marina Mabrey for an open triple and a 5-0 Irish edge.
Back on defense, Allen intercepted a Blue Devil pass in the corner and heaved it the length of the court for a fast-breaking Westbeld. The junior calmly laid it in for a 7-0 lead at the 8:46 mark and forcing the Duke timeout.