No. 5 Irish Top Tar Heels, 94-62

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Notre Dame Athletics | February 3, 2017

The No. 5 University of Notre Dame women's basketball team topped North Carolina, 94-62, on Thursday night for program win No. 950. 

Marina Mabrey collected a season-high 25 points and eight assists, spurring Notre Dame's best passing game of the season against the Tar Heels (14-8, 4-5). The Irish (21-2, 9-1), which totaled a season-best 28 assists, won their 20th straight at Purcell Pavilion.

"We played pretty well defensively," Karen and Kevin Keyes Family Women's Basketball Head Coach Muffet McGraw said. "We were identifying the shooters and had some great awareness.

"Koko gave us great minutes as always off the bench. She showed great energy, great momentum, and she shot the ball well. She really settles us down when she's in the game."

How It Happened

Notre Dame opened the game with an 11-2 run, during which the Irish shot 5-for-7 from the field, all resulting in the Tar Heels calling a timeout just under two minutes into the contest. By the end of the period, the Irish claimed a 26-11 lead, earning nine assists on 11 field goals.

The Irish defense continued its pressure in the second quarter, forcing a North Carolina scoring drought that lasted 3:43 midway through the second period, then later creating another drought over the final 2:42 of the quarter. All-in-all, the Irish limited the Tar Heels to four points in the final 6:56.

Marina Mabrey (16 points) and Arike Ogunbowale (13 points) each had double digit points by the midway point, as Notre Dame took a 51-21 advantage into halftime.

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 by Daily Domer Staff

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