Mabrey scores 20 points, No. 2 Notre Dame women win in rout
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Marina Mabrey scored 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting and No. 2 Notre Dame shot a blistering 69.8 percent in a 94-53 rout of Western Kentucky on Wednesday night.
Arike Ogunbowale added 16 points, Jessica Shepard had 12, and Brianna Turner finished with 10 for Muffet McGraw’s Irish (10-1), who visit No. 19 Marquette on Saturday.
Shepard, who made all six of her field-goal attempts, has made 15 straight over three games going back to her final shot in a 72-56 victory at Toledo on Dec. 8. That’s two off Carey Poor’s school record of 17 in a row during the 1994 season.
As a team, Notre Dame twice shot 70.2 percent in victories over Xavier in 1985 and Mercer in 2011. The Irish made 37 of 53 against the Lady Toppers.
Raneem Elgedawy and Dee Givens scored 10 points each to lead the Lady Toppers (5-8), who were held to 30.4-percent shooting (21 of 69) and committed 21 turnovers by a variety of Notre Dame defenses. Notre Dame outrebounded Western Kentucky 38-29 and had a 12-5 edge in blocks, four by Turner.
Turner had two blocks on Western Kentucky’s second possession and things went downhill from there for the Lady Toppers. Notre Dame opened with an 8-0 run and finished with a 9-2 run for a 23-8 lead after the first quarter.
The Irish then turned up the defense and the offense followed as they hit their last 12 shots of the quarter to open up a 53-15 halftime lead.
Mabrey hit three 3-pointers and had 15 points on 5-for-5 shooting, while Ogunbowale had 12 points and Shepard had 10 points on 5-for-5.
The Irish took a 72-27 palindrome lead on a 3-pointer by Jordan Nixon and led 74-30 after three quarters thanks to 72.5-percent shooting (29 of 40).
Western Kentucky: The Lady Toppers, coming off an 86-83 loss at home to Ball State, never got off the ground in the first half, seeming reluctant to take it inside on the 6-foot-3 Turner and the Irish. They shot 18.8 percent (6 of 32) and had 14 turnovers against the Irish, who played a variety of defenses.
Notre Dame: The Irish finished the first half hitting their final 12 shots, going 13 of 14 in the second quarter (92.8 percent). In the half, they made 21 of their 26 shots, an 80.8-percent shooting effort that tied their third-best total for any half (1990 versus Xavier) during McGraw’s 32 seasons. They had six block shots (Turner had three) but they also had nine turnovers, which displeased their coach.
Western Kentucky: Host Union on Dec. 29
Notre Dame: At No. 19 Marquette on Saturday.
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