Notre Dame Athletics | December 3, 2018
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The No. 1 Notre Dame women's basketball team (7-1) fought hard but ultimately came up short against No. 2 UConn (7-0), losing by a final tally of 89-71. All five Irish starters finished in double digits. Jackie Young led with 18 points while Arike Ogunbowale notched her first double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds, tying her career high in boards.
"We lost our poise. That was unexpected," Karen & Kevin Keyes Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw said. "I was disappointed to see the veterans that we have not rise to the occasion. We're a better team than we showed."
How It Happened
The Irish scored within the first 11 seconds of the game which kicked off a back and forth affair. In fact, no team had a run greater than five in the first half. Notre Dame shot 10-of-20 in the opening period, led by 10 points from Ogunbowale, but ultimately trailed the Huskies 27-22.
In the second quarter, the Irish cut it to a one-possession game at 37-34 at 5:07 before UConn pushed its lead back up to seven at 44-37 with 2:02 left till half. A Turner layup followed by a pair of free throws from Mabrey cut it to one possession. A big defensive stand before the buzzer sent the Irish into the locker room trailing 44-41. Turner had seven points in the period.
At 6:09 in the third, UConn's Megan Walker converted a three which extended UConn's lead to 55-46. Yet, the Irish continued to fight back, as a Mabrey three-pointer at 4:20 capped a 7-0 run, cutting the deficit to 55-53. However, a late Huskie surge pushed the visiting team's lead back up to 65-59 heading into the fourth
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