Matt Cashore / IrishIllustrated.com

Irish Women Win Seventh Straight

No. 7 Notre Dame earned its seventh straight victory with a 90-69 win over Georgia Tech at home on Sunday, and own an impeccable 30-0 record all-time at Purcell Pavilion versus conference foes.

When these two squads last met on Jan. 2 in Atlanta, neither team put on much of a show offensively. The Irish won 55-38, but it was Notre Dame's lowest scoring output of the season. Worse, for the Yellow Jackets it was their fewest points scored at home in 12 years.

Arike Ogunbowale was the only player to score in double figures for either squad.

Ogunbowale did post another double-digit scoring effort on Sunday, this time adding 10 rebounds to her 18 points for her second double double in three games. But this time, three of Ogunbowale’s teammates hit the double-digit mark as well. Marina Mabrey led the Irish with 25 points, coming off a 1-for-7 shooting night in the previous game. Brianna Turner added 21 points and Lindsay Allen chipped in 12.

For Georgia Tech, Francesca Pan led the way with 24 points while Imani Tilford added 15. Leading scorer Zaire O’Neil, the reigning ACC Player of the Week who scored more than 20 points in her last three games, was held to nine on Sunday.

The Irish improved to 23-3 and 11-1 in ACC play, remaining tied with Florida State for first place. Georgia Tech fell to 14-11 and 3-9.

The Yellow Jackets got off to a 1-0 start after shooting a pair of free throws … before the opening tip had even occurred. The Notre Dame bench was called for an administrative technical foul after Irish head coach Muffet McGraw changed the starting lineup after she was allowed to do so. Eventually, Georgia Tech parlayed that into a five-point lead during the first quarter. But it was the only time in which the Jackets would hold an advantage.

Notre Dame used an 11-0 run at the end of the first/start of the second period to build a 15-point advantage with just under five minutes left in the half. Back-to-back three pointers by Tech’s Pan cut the lead to 48-39 at intermission.

Georgia Tech scored the first four points of the third quarter to get within five, but that was as close as it would get the rest of the afternoon. Six Irish buckets, three of which came from Mabrey, helped the squad pull away. Notre Dame connected on just 4-of-15 three-point attempts, but still shot 53.5 percent for the game and dominated Georgia Tech in the paint 58-28.

“(Mabrey’s) been really consistent,” McGraw said. “From the start of league play, she's been very consistent along with Bri and Lindsay. I think those three we’ve been able to count on almost every night for a certain amount of points. She’s really stepped up. She’s doing a great job shooting the ball. She’s also getting assists and playing a smart game defensively.”

The Irish will play Clemson on the road on Jan. 16 in one of their last two road games of the regular season.

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