Michaela Mabrey

#3 Notre Dame Tops #RV/24 Syracuse, 90-62

Jan. 21, 2016

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. (AP) Michaela Mabrey scored 20 points, hitting six 3-pointers, to lead No. 3 Notre Dame to a 90-62 rout of Syracuse on Thursday night.

Brianna Turner added 19 points, Arike Ogunbowale 14 and Madison Cable 13 as the Irish (18-1, 6-0 ACC) had a balanced offense for the second straight game.

Brianna Butler and Alexis Peterson scored 12 points each for Syracuse (14-5, 4-2).

Notre Dame blocked a season-high 10 shots, six of those by Turner, and Syracuse was held to a season-low 28 percent shooting (23-of-82). The Irish made 55 percent of their shots (33-of-60), connected on 23-of-34 field goal attempts in the first half while Syracuse went 11-of-40.

Notre Dame led by as many as 33 points in both halves. The Irish hit their first five shots to take a 13-5 lead and never looked back.

A 20-2 run capped by Marina Mabrey’s basket helped Notre Dame’s lead swell to 39-11. Notre Dame went up 52-19 in the second quarter following a jumper by Ogunbowale.

Syracuse put on a press in the third quarter and shaved the Notre Dame lead down to 62-44. A steal and layup by Butler allowed the Orange to get the differential into the teens for the first time since the beginning of the second quarter.

Syracuse forced seven turnovers and outscored Notre Dame 19-15 in the third quarter.

The Irish got back on pace in the fourth quarter and never allowed the Orange closer than 20.


Syracuse: The Orange are 2-29 against Notre Dame, including 0-10 during Quentin Hillsman’s coaching tenure … The Irish have scored at least 70 against the Orange in 26 of 31 series games/

Notre Dame: Notre Dame’s win streak is now 11 games … The Irish are 37-1 in ACC play since joining the league for the 2013-14 season … Notre Dame has won 29 straight against conference opponents at home dating back to the school’s time in the Big East.


Syracuse: Host to Louisville on Monday.

Notre Dame: Host to Virginia Tech on Sunday.