Game 9 Preview: Toledo

Game 9: #2/2 Notre Dame (7-1) at Toledo (6-2)
 When:  Saturday, Dec. 8 | 1:00 pm ET
 Where:  Toledo, Ohio | Savage Arena (7,300)
 Watch:  ESPN+
 Listen:  Pulse FM 96.9/92.1/103.1 | Bob Nagle (PxP) | Listen Online
 Live Scoring:  Sidearm
 Notes:  Notre Dame | Toledo
 Social:  @NDWBB
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 Reminder:  Irish have a clear bag policy for the 2018-19 season and moving forward

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The No. 2 University of Notre Dame women’s basketball team (7-1) looks to regroup on the road this weekend when the Irish travel east to take on Toledo (6-2) on Saturday. Tip-off inside Savage Arena is set for 1 p.m. ET. and will only be streamed on the ESPN+ subscription service. Fans can also hear Bob Nagle on the call on Pulse FM 96.9/92.1/103.1.

Notre Dame leads the series against Toledo, 5-2, and have been the winners of four straight. The two last met in Toledo on Dec. 18, 2016, when the Irish defeated the Rockets, 85-68. Brianna Turner led the Irish with 26 points on 11-of-13 shooting to go with her eight rebounds. Marina Mabrey scored the second most with 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting. 

Arike Ogunbowale sits with 1,971 career points, good for fifth all-time at ND and fifth among all active DI players. The senior is chasing history in Skylar Diggins-Smith’s all-time scoring record at Notre Dame of 2,357 career points, just 386 points ahead of Ogunbowale. The Milwaukee native is averaging 24.3 points per game and is well on pace to surpass it. Important to note that scoring average ranks sixth in the entire country, while her 194 total points ranks fourth. 

After suffering 75 turnovers in the first four games, the Irish have been more protective with the ball ever since, posting four consecutive games with single-digit turnovers: 8 vs. Drake, 7 vs. Oregon State, 9 vs Iowa and 9 vs UConn. 

Notre Dame’s top-two scorers have not wasted any time in games this season. Both Ogunbowale and Jackie Young average double-digit points in the first half alone at 13.6 and 10.0, respectively. Ogunbowale has reached as high as 19 points by halftime twice this season. 

After shattering the Notre Dame single season record for 20-point games with 25 last year, Ogunbowale is back at it and then some. The senior recorded a career best seven straight games with 20 or more points. No other player in the country started with seven consecutive games. The seven straight also set a new Notre Dame record, previously held by ’97 grad Katryna Gaither, who started the 1996-96 season with six in a row. Ogunbowale now has 40 career games with 20-plus points, passing Ruth Riley’s 37 for fourth all-time. Next up is Skylar Diggins-Smith at No. 3 with 45. 

The Irish continue to attack the basket and reach the charity stripe. As a team, the Irish lead in the country in made free-throws with 149. They rank sixth nationally in attempts with 207. Ogunbowale and Young are a major reason for the top ranking. Ogunbowale ranks 12th nationally in made free-throws (43) and 10th in attempts (57), while Young ranks 23rd in makes with 37. 

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