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February 26, 2019
Associated Press

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Arike Ogunbowale had 24 points as all five starters scored in double figures and fourth-ranked Notre Dame overpowered No. 17 Syracuse 98-68 on Monday night.

Brianna Turner had 22 points, while Jessica Shepard and Marina Mabrey had 17 apiece for the Irish (26-3, 13-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). The win was the eighth for the Irish over a ranked opponent this season.

Tiana Mangakahia led the Orange (20-7, 9-5) with 17 points — all in the second half. Miranda Drummond had 14, and Digna Strautmane and Maeva Djaldi-Tabdi each had 10. The Orange are 3-6 now this season against nationally ranked teams, three of the losses coming at home.

Notre Dame dominated on both ends of the court. The Irish outscored Syracuse 60-40 in the paint, scored 16 fast-break baskets, forced 16 turnovers and out-rebounded Syracuse 46-34.

Notre Dame shot 58 percent from the field and held the Orange to 38 percent shooting, including 6 of 20 from 3.

After Syracuse drew to within three in the second quarter, Notre Dame outscored the Orange 38-11 to take its largest lead, 64-34 with 4:32 left in the third quarter. The Orange responded with a 10-0 run, but that was the closest Syracuse would get.

A layup by Emily Engstler brought the Orange to within three at 26-23 with 8:23 to go in the second quarter, but the Fighting Irish went on a 16-0 run over the next six minutes to take control of the game. Notre Dame did its damage inside, scoring 14 from inside the paint. Turner scored six and Shepard added four during the blitz. In the half, the Fighting Irish scored 32 points inside.

Syracuse, which was averaging 2,110 fans per game at home, drew 7,568 on a bitter winter night in central New York. The Orange had hoped to break its all-time attendance mark of 11,021, but the blizzard-like conditions kept many away. The game came two days after the Orange men attracted a crowd of 35,642 in the game against Duke, a national record for a college game played on a campus.


Notre Dame leads the series with Syracuse 33-2 and is 15-1 at Syracuse. Orange coach Quentin Hillsman has never beaten the Irish. He’s 0-14 against them.


Notre Dame has eight wins over ranked teams and its strength of schedule should put the defending national champions in the mix for a top seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Syracuse is still vying to be included in the NCAA’s top 16 so it can be a host for the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.


Notre Dame hosts Virginia Sunday.

Syracuse hits the road Thursday for a matchup with Florida State.


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