Feb. 4, 2016
NOTRE DAME, Ind. (AP)– Madison Cable put North Carolina State on the ropes by scoring 13 of Notre Dame’s first 19 points and Brianna Turner knocked the Wolfpack out by scoring 10 points in the third quarter, including four straight baskets.
The Irish outscored North Carolina 29-10 in the third quarter en route to an 82-46 victory on Thursday night, the most lopsided loss of the season for the Wolfpack.
”The third period they looked like the Globetrotters and we looked like the Generals,” NC State coach Wes Moore said. ”They just put on an exhibition there, knocking down shots.”
Cable was the one doing the most damage, scoring on fast breaks, slashing through the land, hitting from her usual spot outside and going 7-of-7 from the free-throw line to match her career high with 25 points in 27 minutes of play.
”Madison was unbelievable,” Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. ”She just made everything. I think she was making some huge plays. Scoring in a little different way tonight. I thought she really moved without the ball well and came off the dribble a little bit.”
Cable, who was 8 of 12 from the field, credited it to a bit of luck, saying more of her shots fell.
”It’s also easy when people are looking for you and making good passes.”
The Irish (22-1, 10-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) broke the game open when Turner, who finished with 14 points, scored on back-to-back layups to spark a 12-0 run late in the third quarter. Cable capped the run when Turner jumped to catch a high pass under the basket and passed to Cable in the lane, who drove in a for a three-point play when she was fouled.
”I was pretty fired up,” Cable said. ”Bri probably saves a lot of us. That would have probably been a turnover if it was anyone else. She saved it and I saw she was going to fall out so I just cut and luckily I made it.”
McGraw was happy to see the offense in sync against after struggling in recent games. The Irish shot 53 percent for the game, outscoring the Wolfpack 42-20 in the paint.
The Irish defense smothered the Wolfpack (16-7, 7-3), holding them to 33.3 percent shooting and forcing 24 turnovers. The Wolfpack were just 2-of-18 on 3-pointers.
”We rely on the 3 quite a bit. You could say we live and die by the 3. Tonight we died by it,” Moore said.
Miah Spencer led the Wolfpack with 13 points and Dominique Wilson had 11.
McGraw said the Irish are continuing to improve defensively.
”We’re getting better at containing the ball. We’re getting better at help. We’re just getting better at it. I think we’re taking pride in it,” she said. ”That’s what you really need to have a great defense.”
Notre Dame: The Irish have won 25 straight at home, tying for the third-longest streak in school history. The record is 51 straight set from 1998 to 2002. … Allen made her 100th straight start, extending her school record. The junior has started every game since arriving at Notre Dame. … The Irish have won a school record-tying 31 straight home games against conference opponents, dating back to when it was in the BIG EAST. The record was set from 1998 to 2002.
Notre Dame plays at No. 13 Louisville on Sunday.