Notre Dame Athletics | November 20, 2017
The No. 6/5 University of Notre Dame women's basketball team (3-0) topped No. 18/17 Oregon State (2-1), 72-67, in nice come-from-behind fashion on Sunday.
The Fighting Irish overcame an 11-point deficit in the second half, and a sharp-shooting Oregon State team, who knocked down nine three-pointers in front of a raucous crowd at Gill Coliseum.
"I'm really proud of this team right now," Karen and Kevin Keyes Women's Basketball Head Coach Muffet McGraw said. "After as poorly as we played in the first half, to come back in the second half and really work on the defensive end was great. I thought we did a much better job of rebounding in the second half, took care of the ball and got the shots we wanted."
How It Happened
Notre Dame struggled to find a rhythm in the first half as the Beavers jumped out to an 11-2 lead over the first 4:02. A Lili Thompson three-pointer in the final seconds of the period pulled the Irish to within five at 20-15.
Midway through the second quarter, Notre Dame converted four of its next five shot attempts, pulling within three at 30-27 at the 4:03 mark, but Oregon State responded with a 7-2 run to end the half up 37-29.
Trailing 44-33 after OSU's seventh three-pointer of the game in the third period, Jackie Young sparked an 11-2 run, in which she scored seven of the 11 points, pulling Notre Dame within two at 46-44 at 5:10. Notre Dame went on to convert eight of its next nine from the floor, capped by an Ogunbowale three-pointer at 2:21, giving the Irish its first lead of the game at 51-48.