Notre Dame Athletics | January 15, 2018
The No. 2/2 University of Notre Dame women's basketball team downed Boston College, 89-60, in a Sunday matinee at Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center.
The Irish (16-2, 5-1) used a dominant 30-point third quarter to surge past the Eagles (6-11, 1-3) for their fifth Atlantic Coast Conference win and 17th straight victory on their home court.
"We had three really good quarters. I liked the way we came out and really attacked offensively," Karen and Kevin Keyes Family Women's Basketball Head Coach Muffet McGraw said. "We did some good things in the first three quarters. Getting inside was our goal and our game plan, and I thought we executed it really well."
How It Happened
Notre Dame came out of the gates firing on all cylinders, opening play with a 9-0 run against the Eagles. Arike Ogunbowale's seven points in the period led all Irish scorers and gave the Irish a 21-12 lead.
The Irish carried their momentum into the second period, when they posted a 12-0 run just over a two-minute span, featuring baskets from three different Notre Dame players. Ogunbowale and Shepard each collected 13 points at the half, leading all seven Irish scorers. Notre Dame, which limited Boston College to just four field goals in the quarter, went into the break with a 42-22 edge.
Shepard was responsible for seven of the first nine points in the second half, guiding Notre Dame on an 11-0 run, its third of at least nine points in the game. The Irish extended their run to 21-3 and ultimately outscored the Eagles 30-11 in the third period.