No. 5 Irish Cruise Past IUP


Josh Bates | November 2, 2017

The No. 5 University of Notre Dame women's basketball team cruised past Indiana University (PA) 108-40 in an exhibition victory on Wednesday at Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center.

The Fighting Irish received a double-double from Jackie Young and four double-figure scoring contributions, guiding Notre Dame to a win against the Crimson Hawks in its final test before the regular season begins.

"It was a double victory today," Karen and Kevin Keyes Family Women's Basketball Head Coach Muffet McGraw said. "Getting the clearance for Jessica Shepard a couple hours before game time was great for our team, great for our depth."

How It Happened
Irish sophomore Jackie Young opened play with 11 of Notre Dame's first 21 points in the game, helping the Irish to a 21-6 advantage over the Crimson Hawks in the opening minutes. Notre Dame capitalized on a dominant offensive showing in the quarter, holding IUP scoreless for 3:52 midway through the period to build its lead.

Notre Dame entered the second quarter with a 35-8 advantage after receiving points from six different Irish scorers. Irish junior Arike Ogunbowale contributed seven points in the second quarter, bringing her total to 14 in the half. Had the contest been a regular-season game, Ogunbowale would have finished the first period in the 1,000-career point club.

Freshman Mikayla Vaughn came off the bench for Notre Dame and made an immediate impact, accounting for 17 points along with six rebounds in the first half and guiding the Irish to a 60-22 lead at the half.

A layup from junior Marina Mabrey added to Notre Dame's lead at the start of the second half. Mabrey, who totaled 20 points, scored five straight and seven of the next nine points for the Irish.

Young, who played 25 minutes, finished with a double-double, recording 17 points and 11 rebounds in the game. Young came just three points shy of her career high (20). 

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