Irish mount a pair of double doubles, Mabrey’s hot shot to 70-65 win over UNC
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) – In the early moments, it looked like the North Carolina Tar Heels might be the first team this season to hit Notre Dame on home soil.
The visitors took an early 9-2 lead and never trailed throughout the first half. They beat the Irish 21-14 in the first two quarters of what turned out to be a tussle between two top-25 programs battling it out for a valuable conference win.
Ultimately, Notre Dame’s home winning streak would remain unbroken.
After giving up the first basket of the second half, coach Niele Ivey’s team began a 17-2 run sparked by an unanswered first 12 points. Notre Dame would ride the momentum of a particularly engaged crowd – which included the school’s head football coach Marcus Freeman, as well as former Domer & current NFL player Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah — to a 70-65 win over the nation’s 21st-ranked team.
Dara Mabrey scored a season-high 24 points and sank six 3-pointers. Maya Dodson and Sonia Citron each had a double-double with points and rebounds, while Dodson also threw 4 blocks for good measure.
This is the first time the women’s team will play at the Purcell Pavilion in 2022; the victory moves them to 7-0 at home this season.
Their next game takes them back on the road to meet Boston College on Thursday, January 20.
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