Notre Dame Athletics | January 8, 2018
The No. 2/2 University of Notre Dame women's basketball team downed (RV/RV) Georgia Tech, 77-54, on Sunday afternoon inside McCamish Pavilion, behind its best shooting performance (.623) on the year.
The Irish (15-1, 4-0) started the game with dominant offensive play, led by Arike Ogunbowale's season-best 12 first-quarter points. Notre Dame shot 70.0 percent in the first half to bury the Yellow Jackets (12-5, 1-3) en route to its eighth straight win.
"The first half was about as well as we've played," Karen and Kevin Keyes Family Women's Basketball Head Coach Muffet McGraw said. "I thought we did a really good job. We came out strong and shot the ball well."
How It Happened
Notre Dame opened the game with a 9-2 run, featuring four different scorers, lasting the first 2:15 of the contest. Just one minute later, the Irish strung together a separate 13-2 run, giving Notre Dame a 22-7 lead midway through the period. All five Irish starters recorded points in the first four minutes of play, and Notre Dame shot 76.9 (10-13) from the field in the first.
Notre Dame, led by Arike Ogunbowale's season-best 12 first-quarter points (5-5 from the field), took a 24-11 advantage heading into the second quarter.
Ogunbowale and the Irish continued their dominant performance throughout the second period as Ogunbowale added four points and Kristina Nelson entered the scoring column with six points of her own. Defensively, Notre Dame held Georgia Tech to one field goal in the second quarter, outscoring the Yellow Jackets, 24-7, and taking a 48-18 lead into halftime.