Game 10 Preview: Binghamton

Game 10: #2/2 Notre Dame (8-1) vs Binghamton (5-5)
 When:  Sunday, Dec. 16 | 1:00 pm ET
 Where:  Notre Dame, Ind. | Purcell Pavilion (9,149)
 Watch:  ACCN Extra
 Listen:  Pulse FM 96.9/92.1/103.1 | Bob Nagle (PxP) | Listen Online
 Live Scoring:  Statbroadcast
 Notes:  Notre Dame | Binghamton
 Social:  @NDWBB
 Tickets:  Buy Online
 Reminder:  Irish have a clear bag policy for the 2018-19 season and moving forward
 Promotion:  Baby Race at Halftime 
 Annual food drive – canned items to benefit St. Vincent de Paul
 Team autograph session after the game

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – With finals week in the books, the No. 2 University of Notre Dame women’s basketball team (8-1) returns to action at home, hosting Binghamton (5-5) on Sunday, Dec. 16. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET, airing live on ACCN Extra. Sunday’s showdown marks the first matchup between the two programs. 

At halftime, the Irish will host the inaugural baby race. Crawling babies, age 12 months and under, are eligible to participate. The winner of the baby race will receive a year supply of diapers (valued at $500). To sign up, click the following link:

In addition, Sunday’s game will also play host to Notre Dame’s augural food drive, with all canned items benefitting St. Vincent de Paul. That’s not all, as the student-athletes will have their first of two autograph sessions in Heritage Hall this season, immediately following the game. 

Senior guard Arike Ogunbowale sits just seven points away from 2,000 for her career. Once she reaches the milestone, she’ll become the fifth Irish player to do so, joining Irish greats Skylar Diggins-Smith, Beth (Morgan) Cunningham, Katryna Gaither and Ruth Riley. Ogunbowale’s 1,993 career points ranks fifth among all active DI players. Furthermore, Skylar Diggins-Smith holds the top spot in program history with 2,357 career points, just 364 points ahead of Ogunbowale.

Ogunbowale is averaging 24.0 points per game, which ranks sixth in the entire country, while her 216 total points ranks eighth. 

A trio of Irish players boast notable double digit scoring streaks, starting with the leading scorer Ogunbowale. The senior is 9-for-9 this season and has gone 30 straight games when dating back to last season (vs Louisville on Jan. 11, 2018). Of those 30 straight games in double figures, 21 have been of 20-plus points.

Jessica Shepard has reached double-digit points in all eight games played this year. If you include the end of last season, that’s now 17 straight games in double digits. The final nine games to cap last season was Shepard’s best double-digit stretch in an Irish uniform.

Lastly, Jackie Young has tied her career high of eight straight games with double-digit points, which was set last season.

Young has just made an elite list in the lore of Notre Dame guards. After netting her second double-double on the season at Toledo on Dec. 8, Young is up to seven in her career. That number ties Beth (Morgan) Cunningham and Danielle Green for fifth most by a guard. Jewell Loyd sits in fourth at eight, while Lindsay Schrader holds the top spot with 17.

Dating back to last season, Marina Mabrey has hit a three-pointer in 22 straight games, which just passed Sheila McMillen for second all-time at Notre Dame. Beth (Morgan) Cunningham holds the record with 35.