Feb. 17, 2018
|Game 27: #5/4 Notre Dame (24-2, 12-1) at Boston College (7-19, 2-11)|
|When:||Sunday, Feb. 18 | 1:00 pm ET|
|Where:||Chestnut Hill, Mass. | Conte Forum (8,606)|
|Watch:||ACCN Extra Stream|
|Listen:||Pulse FM 96.9 / 92.1 | Bob Nagle (PxP)|
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The last road contest of the regular season awaits the No. 5 University of Notre Dame women’s basketball team on Sunday, when the Irish (24-2, 12-1) make the trek to Boston College. If victorious over the Eagles (7-19, 2-11), the Irish would claim its 14th win away from home this season.
Sunday’s tip is set for 1 p.m. ET, once again streaming live on ACCN Extra.
LAST TIME VS BOSTON COLLEGE
The Irish used a dominant 30-point third quarter to surge past the Eagles at home, 89-60, back on Jan. 14. Jessica Shepard finished with 24 points and eight rebounds. Marina Mabrey set a season high eight assists, while Danielle Patterson matched her career high of 11 points.
Ultimately, Notre Dame leads the all-time series, 21-5, including the winners of 11 straight.
ARIKE AT IT AGAIN
Continuing her case for ACC Player of the Year, Arike has recorded back-to-back games of exactly 27 points, doing so vs Georgia Tech (2/11) and at Virginia (2/15). It marked the first time an Irish player scored 25 points or more in consecutive games in three years — since Jewell Loyd tallied 34 points vs Tennessee (1/19/15) then 29 points vs Georgia Tech (1/22/15).
MAGIC NUMBER IS 3
With Notre Dame and Louisville remaining deadlocked atop the ACC standings at 12-1, the magic number is three for the Irish for a co-share of the title. Three games left, three wins to claim, and the Irish have secured their fifth straight ACC regular season title and seventh straight when dating back to the final two years of the Big East. Seven straight regular season titles would be the third highest active streak in the country, only behind Baylor (seeking 8) and Green Bay (seeking 20).
HEATING UP ON THE ROAD
In the past two road games, Marina Mabrey has tied her career high of four made three-pointers, finishing with 18 points at No. 19 Duke and 16 points at Virginia. The junior has knocked down four treys on five separate occasions this season.
POINT MILESTONES CONTINUE
Notre Dame’s 1,000-career point club is looking to add yet another member this season in senior Kat Westbeld, who sits just 11 points away entering the game at Boston College. Westbeld would be the 39th Irish player to achieve the feat and the third this season, joining Ogunbowale and Mabrey. Three in the same season would tie the all-time mark, previously done in 1985 by Trena Keys, Mary Beth Schueth and Carrie Bates. Speaking of milestones, both Ogunbowale and Shepard surpassed the 1,500 career point mark at Virginia on Feb. 15.
BLINK AND YOU MISS IT
Notre Dame enjoys a quick strike transition offense and that definition has been exemplified in the fact that the Irish have reached double-digit fast-break points in six straight games. In that stretch, the Irish have tallied 18 fast break points three times and a season high of 19 at No. 19 Duke.