Notre Dame Athletics | December 11, 2018
TOLEDO, Ohio – The No. 2 Notre Dame women's basketball team (8-1) faced the third largest crowd in Toledo history (6,059 fans) and emerged with a 72-56 victory over the Rockets (6-3). Arike Ogunbowale led four players in double-figures with 22 points, her eighth game with 20-plus points this season.
"It's really great for us to go on the road and face a team like this in such a great atmosphere," Karen & Kevin Keyes Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw said. "We had some defensive issues today that we've had all year and still continue to plague us."
How It Happened
Notre Dame and Toledo traded baskets for most of the first quarter. Later down 18-17 with 1:35 left, the Irish finished the period on a 6-2 run to go up 23-20. Jackie Young led all Irish players with eight points on 4-of-5 shooting. Meanwhile, Brianna Turner and Ogunbowale combined for 13 points.
A Jessica Shepard layup and a pair of Ogunbowale free throws in the first 90 seconds of the second period extended the Irish lead to 27-20, but the Rockets rallied to make it a one-point game with 3:35 left till half at 33-32.
Enter Marina Mabrey, who connected on back-to-back treys to keep a hot three-point shooting Rockets team at bay (5-for-8 in the first half). Ogunbowale and Young followed with layups to give the Irish a 43-37 lead at the half. Speaking of whom, Ogunbowale had 12 points by the midway point, followed by 10 points from Young. Both teams shot over 55 percent from the floor in the half.
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