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Game 30 Preview: #19 Florida State

Irish end regular season play on Sunday, March 1, at 2 p.m. ET, on the ACC Network

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
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Notre Dame Notes | Florida State Notes

TALLAHASSEE – One road trip and one regular season game remains for the Notre Dame women’s basketball team. On Sunday, March 1, the Fighting Irish (12-17, 7-10) will look to knock off No. 19 Florida State (22-6, 11-6) inside the Donald L. Tucker Center. Tip is slated for 2 p.m. ET on the ACC Network.

ACC ROOKIE OF THE YEAR CANDIDACY

Sam Brunelle and Katlyn Gilbert lead all ACC freshmen in scoring, averaging 13.7 and 13.6 ppg, respectively.

Brunelle leads all ACC freshmen in the Points + Assists + Rebounds/Game category at 21.2. Furthermore, there are only eight players total in the ACC, counting Sam, who average at least 13 points, 6 rebounds & 1.5 assists. In addition, Brunelle’s five 20+ scoring games leads all freshmen in the ACC.

Gilberts leads all ACC freshmen in assists/game, where she averages 2.7. When looking at double-digit scoring games, Gilbert leads the way there as well with 24, with Brunelle next at 21. Virginia Tech’s Elizabeth Kitley follows next with 17.

Next, there only three freshmen pairs in all of Division-I to both average 13.0 ppg or higher –> ND’s Brunelle and Gilbert, Fresno State’s Haley & Hanna Cavinder and UTSA’s Mikayla Woods & Adryana Quezada

GILBERT IN ELITE COMPANY

Only two players in all of the ACC average at least 13 points, 2.5 assists, two steals and four rebounds: Gilbert and Duke’s Haley Gorecki. Expanding that out, only six players total among Power-5 schools. In fact, when looking at just Division I freshmen – just Gilbert and Buffalo’s Dyaisha Fair. 

FULFILLING HER DESTINEE

What a February for Walker – eight games, eight double-digit scoring performances. Walker posted the fifth best scoring average in February with her 18.1 ppg.  When further looking at February-only stats – she shot 41.7 percent from the field and 31-of-38 from the free-throw line (.816).

HEATING UP FROM THREE

Brunelle has made 16 treys in the month of February, which ranks 5th in the ACC in that span. In fact, she’s converted 11-of-26 (.423) over the last three games.

In league play, Brunelle is averaging 2.1  made threes, which ranks 8th. She’s also shooting .343 from deep, which ranks 6th.

DESTINEE – 20 POINT GAMES

For the first time of her career, Walker achieved three straight games with 20+ points from Feb. 6-13. Walker totaled 69 points in said span, averaging 23.0 ppg.

All-in-all, she leads the Irish in 20+ scoring performances with eight, which also sets a new career best – previous was four set her sophomore year at UNC (2016-17).
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Her eight games rank 7th in the ACC.

SNIEZEK WRITES NAME IN RECORD BOOK

Marta Sniezek dished out a career high 14 assists (with just 2 turnovers) against UNC on Feb. 27. It tied for the third most all-time in a single game at Notre Dame, with Mary Gavin still holding the top mark with 17 set back in 1987.

Her 14 assists not only marked the highest in the ACC this season, but tied for the fourth most in all of Division I. Three different players have each dished out 15 assists this year.

SNIEZEK DIMES

Sniezek is averaging 5.6 assists/game which ranks 15th in the nation and 2nd in the ACC –  only behind Virginia Tech’s Taja Cole. In addition, her 1.3 A/TO ratio ranks 11th in the league.

Sniezek now boasts three double-digit assist performances on the year, which ties Cole for the most in the league.

TRENDING: GILBERT REBOUNDS

Twice over the last three games, Gilbert has tied her career high in rebounds, reeling in eight. Over the last four games, she has totaled 23 rebounds, averaging 5.8 – up from season average.

VAUGHN DOUBLE-DIGIT EFFORTS

Vaughn has notched eight double-digit scoring performances in league play – seven of which have been 16+ points.

She has also recorded two 20-point efforts in just the month of February. Most recently, a career high 21-point showing vs. Syracuse on Feb. 23. 

Interesting to note, Vaughn has recorded five separate occasions in which she has reached double-digit points by halftime – four of which occurred on the road:
– 13 at Pitt on Jan. 2
– 10 at Syracuse on Jan. 5
– 14 at Duke on Jan. 23
– 10 at Georgia Tech on Feb. 2

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