Game 21 Preview: North Carolina

Game 21: #1/1 Notre Dame (19-1, 6-0) at North Carolina (11-9, 2-4)
 When:  Sunday, Jan. 27 | 2:00 pm ET
 Where:  Chapel Hill, N.C. | Carmichael Arena (6,822)
 Watch:  ACCN Extra | Watch Link
 Listen:  Pulse FM 96.9/92.1/103.1 | Bob Nagle (PxP) | Listen Online
 Live Scoring:  Statbroadcast
 Notes:  Notre Dame | UNC
 Social:  @NDWBB

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The No. 1 Notre Dame women’s basketball team invades Tar Heel country this Sunday, when the Fighting Irish (19-1, 6-0) challenge North Carolina (11-9, 2-4). Tip is set for 2 p.m. EST inside Carmichael Arena. The game will be streamed on ACCN Extra. 

The Irish will look to extend their 12-game win streak and remain unblemished in ACC play. Notre Dame is 7-1 in the all-time series against the Tar Heels, with a 2-0 mark in Chapel Hill. 

If the world didn’t already know that Jackie Young is a special player, they sure did after Tennessee on Jan. 24. Young achieved the seventh triple-double in school history with 16 points, 12 rebounds and a career high 10 assists, leading the Irish to a 77-62 victory over the Lady Vols.

– Jackie Young  (16p/12r/10a) at Tennessee, 1/24/19
– Lindsay Allen  (11p/11r/12a) at Chattanooga, 12/27/16
– Marina Mabrey (18p/10a/12s) at Valparaiso, 11/23/15
– Skylar Diggins (17p/10r/10a) at DePaul, 2/24/13
– Skylar Diggins (22p/10r/11a) vs. Maryland, 3/27/12
– Sara Liebscher (17p/12r/10a) vs. Detroit, 2/15/90
– Mary Gavin (11p/14a/10s) vs. Marquette, 1/31/87


  • Three straight games with a double-double.
  • Four straight games with double digit points.
  • Four out of the last five games with double digit rebounds.

Past two games have been the Jackie Young and Jessica Shepard show, as the duo have achieved consecutive double-doubles together. Shepard has averaged 14.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists in that span, while Young has averaged 17.0 points, 12.5 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 1.5 steals.

The Irish have had three individual 10-assist performances this season and the best part –> it’s come from three different players. Mabrey dished out 10 vs. Binghamton on Dec. 16. Ogunbowale notched a career high of 12 at Georgia Tech. Then Young, served up a career high 10 at Tennessee. Lastly, all three rank the top 10 in the ACC on assists/game: Young is 3rd (4.8), Mabrey is 5th (4.3) and Ogunbowale is 10th (3.8).

Look out world because Brianna Turner is hitting her stride. Over the last six games, Turner has shot 33-for-50 from the field, aka 66.0 percent. She has averaged 12.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 1.2 steals. Furthermore, Turner has garnered double-digit points in five of the six games. 

A stat sheet stuffer game can also be called a 5-5-5 game, in which a player records at least five of three different stats. Jackie Young continues to add on to her All-American campaign by leading the Irish in ‘Stat Sheet Stuffer’ games with eight. Young of course picked up her latest one with her triple-double at Tennessee where she logged 16 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

However, surging fast is Shepard, who has recorded three ‘5-5-5’ games over the last six contests to move up to six on the year.

Arike has certainly found her moments lately to take off in a quarter of a game:

  • Dec. 22 at Marquette – Arike scored 15 of her 32 points in the third quarter alone.
  • Jan. 10 vs Louisville – scored 19 of her 30 points in the fourth, including 12 in the final 40 seconds.
  • Jan. 16 at Virginia Tech – scored 12 of her 19 points in the third quarter.
  • Jan. 20 vs Boston College – scored 13 of her 24 points in the first quarter, going 3-for-3 from deep in the period.
  • Jan. 24 at Tennessee – scored 16 of her 28 points in the third.