Notre Dame Athletics | February 5, 2018
As the saying goes, some streaks are made to be broken. The No. 5 University of Notre Dame women's basketball team did just that at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Sunday afternoon, ending No. 19 Duke's 30-game home win streak with a 72-54 victory.
Meanwhile, with the win, the Irish (22-2, 10-1) extended their own streak against the Blue Devils (18-6, 7-4), winning their 14th straight and 16th overall.
How It Happened
Notre Dame's defense set the tone in the first quarter, holding the Blue Devils without a field goal for over five minutes of the period. The Irish capitalized by building a 10-0 run on baskets from four different scorers. Notre Dame tallied seven fast-break points en route to a 13-12 lead after the first quarter.
The two sides battled back-and-forth to start the second, as the period witnessed eight total lead changes. Marina Mabrey led all Irish scorers with seven points in the quarter. Furthermore, four consecutive points from Kristina Nelson, followed by two Mabrey free throws, guided the Irish to a 33-27 lead before Duke cut the halftime deficit to 33-29.
Duke's Lexie Brown, who was limited to just two points in the first half, made a three-pointer to even the score at 36-36 three minutes into the second half. However, back-to-back threes by Kathryn Westbeld and Arike Ogunbowale helped the Irish regain the lead, up 42-38 at the five-minute mark. Notre Dame later took advantage of two Duke turnovers, going on a 12-2 run with the final seven points coming in a span of a blistering 48 seconds.