Game 23 Preview: Georgia Tech

Game 23: #5/5 Notre Dame (20-2, 7-1) vs. Georgia Tech (13-8, 3-5)
 When:  Sunday, Feb. 3 | Noon ET
 Where:  Notre Dame, Ind. | Purcell Pavilion (9,149)
 Watch:  Raycom Sports Network | WatchESPN | Full list of how to watch
 Listen:  Pulse FM 96.9/92.1/103.1 | Bob Nagle (PxP) | Listen Online
 Live Scoring:  StatBroadcast
 Notes:  Notre Dame | Georgia Tech
 Social:  @NDWBB
 Promotion:  Girls & Women in Sports Day | Bingo in Heritage Hall after the game
 Reminder:  Irish have a clear bag policy for the 2018-19 season and moving forward

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The No. 5 University of Notre Dame women’s basketball team completes its home-and-home series with Georgia Tech with the Yellow Jackets visit Purcell Pavilion on Sunday, Feb. 3. Tip is set for Noon EST, airing on Raycom Sports Network and WatchESPN. 

Back on Jan. 6, the Irish defeated Georgia Tech, 76-55, in Atlanta, recording a season high 30 assists on 34 made field goals. All five Irish starters finished in double figures, led by Jessica Shepard’s 19 points. 

Over the course of ACC play, Turner has raised her shooting percentage from .585 to .600, moving her national ranking from 26th to 15th. Turner is shooting 62.3 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 seven of the last eight games.

Despite missing the first five games due to injury, Mabrey 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. Then, for the fifth time of her career, Mabrey produced back-to-back games of 20 or more points, pouring in 22 at Clemson behind a season high six made threes.

Over the last two games, Mabrey has shot a combined 15-for-26 from the field and 10-for-16 from beyond the arc, totaling 42 points.

Mabrey has connected on three or more treys in five of the past six games and has tallied double digits points in the five said games. As a result, the senior has raised her three-point shooting percentage from .404 to .458, which ranks 3rd the ACC and 13th in the nation. Mabrey is averaging 2.6 threes/game, which ranks 5th 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. Mabrey now boasts 238 in her career. Up next is Sheila McMillen with 249. 

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.
– Jan. 31 at Clemson – scored 12 of her 23 points in the third

Thus, four big instances in the 3rd quarter. 

Junior guard Jackie Young has been highly efficient from the field this season, shooting 54.4 percent. That number ranks 9th in the ACC and 34th nationally, but more impressively, 3rd nationally among just guards. 

When you mix the high percentage shooting with the high assist total, you get our next stat. All five starters have reached double-digit points in seven separate games this season. Instances include Iowa, UConn, Binghamton, Lehigh, Georgia Tech, Boston College and most recently, Clemson. 

The Irish continue to attack the basket and reach the charity stripe, ranking first in the country in made free-throws with 367 and first in attempts with 509. 

Arike currently ranks 15th nationally in made free throws (104) and 14th in attempts (134). Against No. 2 Louisville on Jan. 10, Arike went a perfect 12-for-12 from the free-throw line, which stood as the second best single-game performance in ND history, trailing just Ruth Riley & Ashley Barlow (13-for-13).

When the Irish defeated Clemson, it marked the sixth time in which the Irish reached triple digits in a win:
101-63 win at Clemson on Jan. 31
100-44 win vs Pitt on Jan. 3
103-53 win vs Binghamton on Dec. 16
105-71 win vs No. 14 Iowa on Nov. 29
101-77 win vs No. 15 DePaul on Nov. 17
103-58 win vs Harvard on Nov. 9

Purcell Pavilion continues to be one of the toughest venues to play in women’s hoops. Over the last 108 games at home, the Irish have only lost three times, with all three coming against UConn.

Notre Dame is 476-93 all-time inside Purcell Pavilion. The Irish have sold out Purcell Pavilion 55 times and boasts a 45-10 record in those instances.

Most notably, however, has been how dominant the Irish have been in league play at home. Notre Dame has won a school-record 54 consecutive home conference games, beginning with a 66-47 win over Providence on Feb. 14, 2012, in BIG EAST play.