|Game 11:||Notre Dame (5-5, 3-3) vs Wake Forest (6-3, 3-2)|
|Where:||Notre Dame, IN | Purcell Pavilion|
|Watch:||ACC Network | Sam Ravech & Monica McNutt|
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – It’s a learn quickly and move on weekend for the No. 22 Notre Dame women’s basketball (0-1) squad, as the Fighting Irish return to action on Sunday, Nov. 29, in their home-opener vs Miami of Ohio (0-0). Tip is slated for 4 p.m. EST on the ACC Network. Fans can also hear Sean Stires on the call on 99.9 WQLQ-FM.
There’s just something about a Mabrey in a Notre Dame jersey. Dara went off in game one at Ohio with a career-high 34 points, marking the most prolific scoring Irish debut. She also now owns family bragging rights, topping both the career highs of her two sisters.
Dara went 7-of-14 from three, tying for the second-most three-pointers in a single game. In addition, 15 of her 34 points came in the third quarter. Furthermore, it marked the first time in two years in which a player connected on five made three-pointers in the same half. The last to do so: Marina Mabrey (1st half) vs Texas A&M, March 24, 2018.
So far, only Michigan’s Naz Hillmon has had a bigger scoring performance, totaling 37 against Oakland.
Finding Our Offensive Footing in the 2nd Half
The Irish offense was firing on all cylinders in the second half at Ohio, totaling 55 points. Simply put, it was the first time Notre Dame totaled 55 points in a half since the Elite Eight against Stanford in 2019. The Irish recorded 35 points in the third quarter alone shooting 9-of-12 from the field. Mabrey and Peoples combined for 25 of the 35 points.
Peoples and Prohaska Back Attacking the Glass
Irish fans were surely happy to see Anaya Peoples and Abby Prohaska back out on the court since returning from their respective injuries, let alone from a rebounding perspective. The Irish struggled on the boards last season without them, ranking near the bottom of the ACC in rebounding margin.
At Ohio, Peoples recorded a 16-point, 11-rebound double-double, while Prohaska reeled in a career-best seven boards. All-in-all, the Irish outrebounded the Bobcats.
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