Game 22 Preview: Clemson

Game 22: #5/5 Notre Dame (19-2, 6-1) at Clemson (14-6, 5-2)
 When:  Thursday, Jan. 31 | 7:00 pm ET
 Where:  Clemson, S.C. | Littlejohn Coliseum (9,000)
 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 | Clemson
 Social:  @NDWBB

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The No. 5 Notre Dame women’s basketball team will look to rebound from just its fourth ACC loss since joining the league for the 2013-14 season, when the Fighting Irish (19-2, 6-1) travel to Clemson (14-6, 5-2) on Thursday, Jan. 31. The game will tip at 7 p.m. EST from inside Littlejohn Coliseum, and stream live on ACCN Extra. 

Notre Dame leads the all-times series, 5-0, against Clemson, with a 2-0 mark on the road. The last time these two sides squared off resulted in a 90-37 home Irish victory on Jan. 21, 2018. Clemson is under new leadership this season, as Amande Butler is 14-6 with the Tigers in her first campaign. 

Over the course of ACC play, Turner has raised her shooting percentage from .585 to .610 – moving her national ranking from 26th to 13th. Turner is shooting 66.1 percent in league games, which leads all players in the ACC. Thus, it should come as no surprise that Turner has garnered double-digit points in six of the last seven games.

Despite missing the first five games due to injury, Mabrey now ranks second on the team in the amount of times she’s led the Irish in scoring this season. With her 20-point outburst at North Carolina (1/27), Mabrey led the squad for the fifth time this year.

Notre Dame’s No. 3 Marina Mabrey has been heating up from beyond the arc. Mabrey has connected on three or more treys in four of the past five games and has tallied double digits points four times in said five-game span as well. As a result, the senior has raised her three-point shooting percentage from .404 to .442, as the latter ranks 5th in the ACC and 23rd in the nation. Mabrey is averaging 2.4 threes/game, which ranks 6th in the league. Furthermore, with her four-trey performance at UNC (1/27), Mabrey surpassed her position coach, Beth (Morgan) Cunningham, for No. 3 all-time with 232. Up next is Sheila McMillen with 249. 

– Three double-doubles in the past four games.
– Five straight games with double digit points.

2,000 POINTS & 1,000 REBOUNDS 
Shepard reached a very rare milestone at UNC on Jan. 27 — surpassing 2,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. After the game, Shepard possessed 2,007 points & 1,052 rebounds. The only Irish player to ever achieve this impressive feat was 2001 graduate Ruth Riley, who garnered 2,072 points and 1,007 rebounds. 

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 4th (4.3) and Ogunbowale is 8th (3.8). 

Basketball is a game of runs, and the Irish have achieved success by not allowing a single 10-0 run by any opponent yet this season. In fact, Notre Dame leads its opposition, 25-0, in that category. Notre Dame first posted its longest run of the season vs Binghamton on Dec. 16 with 21 straight. Then the Irish matched it twice vs Pitt on Jan. 3, recording 21-0 runs in both the first and second quarters.