Feb. 9, 2018
|Game 25: #5/5 Notre Dame (22-2, 10-1) vs Georgia Tech (15-10, 4-8)|
|When:||Sunday, Feb. 11 | 1:00 pm ET|
|Where:||Notre Dame, Ind. | Purcell Pavilion (9,149)|
|Watch:||RSN Watch List | ACCNE Stream | Evan Lepler & LaChina Robinson|
|Listen:||Pulse FM 96.9 / 92.1 | Bob Nagle (PxP)|
|Notes:||Notre Dame | Georgia Tech|
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – After receiving a well-deserved bye week, the No. 5 University of Notre Dame women’s basketball team gears up for the final five games of the regular season, starting with Georgia Tech on Sunday, Feb. 11, for the program’s annual Pink Zone game.
Tip-off is slated for 1 p.m. ET inside Purcell Pavilion, and will be broadcasted across regional sports networks along with ACCN Extra. For a full listing on where to watch the Irish (22-2, 10-1) take on the Yellow Jackets (15-10, 4-8) – click here.
During pregame of Sunday’s Pink Zone game, the Irish will be sporting customized warmups in which fans bid on to print a name of a loved one on the back. In addition, the coaches will also be sporting customized polos with the name of a loved one on the back as well. At halftime, fans dressed in pink will have a chance to participate in the on-court “human ribbon” activity and photo.
It’s also certainly not too late to get involved in Notre Dame’s Pink Zone efforts. Fans can join the 2018 Play4Kay Free Throw Challenge by pledging for every free throw the Irish make during the month of February. In addition, Notre Dame will be selling special Pink Zone t-shirts, fleece blankets, and green/pink shamrock writing pens.
Lastly, join us in the Monogram room after the game for an afternoon of Bingo. Refreshments will be available and all participants will have a chance to win some cool prizes. Tickets are just $20, and if you buy two seats you will get the third one for free.
With her career slowly winding down, senior Kat Westbeld is leaving nothing on the table. Over the last three games in particular, Westbeld has shot 70.0 percent (14-of-20), averaging 11.3 points and 7.7 rebounds. In addition, the Ohio native currently ranks second both overall (.615) and in ACC play (.597) in shooting percentage.
Westbeld answered the call at FSU with the best game of her career – achieving a double-double with a career high 21 points and a season high 12 rebounds, leading the Irish in scoring for just the third time of her career. It marked the second double-double on the year and sixth of her career. Westbeld shot 8-for-11 from the field and 2-for-4 from beyond the arc, as her eight made field goals tied her career best.
The title says it all about sophomore guard Jackie Young. Simply examine her score totals against the last four top-20 ranked opponents they’ve played:
– 23 points at No. 3 Louisville
– 18 points vs No. 6 Tennessee
– 16 points at No. 8 FSU
– 17 points at No. 19 Duke
All good for an average of 18.5 points.
The Irish defense has been just as disciplined as disruptive as of late, ranking fourth in the nation in fewest fouls per game with 12.7. As a result, opponents have not been able to get to the free-throw line. Since the Louisville loss, the Irish have only allowed one team to reach double-digits in free-throws made. In that seven-game span, Notre Dame opponents are averaging just 6.6 made free-throws per game and 9.9 attempts per game.
BLINK AND YOU MISS IT
Notre Dame enjoys a quick strike transition offense and that definition has been exemplified over the last four games. In that stretch, the Irish have tallied double-digit fast break points in all four games, including 18 at No. 8 Florida State and a season high of 19 at No. 19 Duke.
LAST TIME VS GEORGIA TECH
Notre Dame remains unblemished against Georgia Tech with a 9-0 all-time mark, including a 4-0 record at home.
The two sides met back on Jan. 7 in Atlanta, in which the Irish cruised to a 77-54 victory. Notre Dame started the game with dominant offensive play, shooting 70.0 percent in the first half. Arike Ogunbowale poured in 12 first-quarter points before finishing with a team high 25 points. Shepard (12), Nelson (10) and Young (14) all finished in double figures as well. Defensively, the Irish held Georgia Tech to one field goal in the second quarter, outscoring the Yellow Jackets, 24-7, before taking a 48-18 lead into halftime.