No. 1 Irish Head to Elite 8

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Notre Dame Athletics | March 25, 2018

For the ninth time in program history, the No. 1-seeded University of Notre Dame women's basketball team has reached the Elite Eight. The Irish (32-3) used yet another strong second half performance to surge past No. 4 Texas A&M, 90-84. 

Arike Ogunbowale (27 points) and Marina Mabrey (25 points) combined for 52 points on the afternoon. Ogunbowale scored 17 of her 27 points in the second half, while Mabrey connected on a career-high seven three-pointers (7-for-11). 

Not to be outshone, Jessica Shepard delivered with her fifth straight double-double, recording 13 points and 10 rebounds. Jackie Young then rounded out the double-digit scorers with 15 points. 

"I'm so proud of this team and what we accomplished, especially Kathryn Westbeld," Karen & Kevin Keyes Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw said. "I thought the jumper she hit from the free-throw line was the difference in the game. That was the game winner.

"I really thought Marina shot the ball extremely well. Jackie took over the game for a stretch late in the fourth quarter. Just phenomenal play by our guards."

How It Happened

At 6:37 in the second quarter, the Irish found themselves down 37-24, their largest deficit of the game. At that very moment, the Irish lived up to their fighting moniker and produced a 9-0 run, getting contributions from Mabrey, Patterson, Young and Ogunbowale. Notre Dame would go on to hit nine of its last 10 shots from the field heading into the half, cutting the deficit to 47-45.

Mabrey was a major reason for the Irish comeback, converting five of her three's in the first half to total 17 points by the midway point. 

Next, the duo of Mabrey and Ogunbowale combined for 16 of the team's 23 points in the third quarter, pushing ahead of the Aggies to take a 68-63 lead heading into the final period. 

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 by Daily Domer Staff

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