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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Fencing & Basketball Roll On

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With most teams on break for finals, the Fighting Irish earned wins this past week in fencing and men’s and women’s basketball.

Jewell Loyd has impressively led the Irish in Brianna Turner's absence.
Jewell Loyd has impressively led the Irish in Brianna Turner's absence.
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Without further ado, we bring you the results of the last week's Irish match-ups.

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Early last week, fencing made a strong showing in the North American Cup in Dallas. Freshman foilist Erin Dietsche claimed bronze (Division II) and senior foilist Madison Zeiss earned silver (Division I). Five other Irish fencers earned top-32 finishes, with 3 of those in the top 16.

The team will be back at it when the new year arrives at the North American Cup - Juniors.

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Over the past week, no. 21 men's basketball (10-1) topped Mount St. Mary's, 93-67, and Florida State, 83-63, on Saturday. Check out our game review (with video highlights) of the Florida State victory here.

Here are highlights from the Mount St. Mary's game:

The team next plays Purdue in Indianapolis this Saturday (5:15 p.m. ET, WatchND, BTN), then hosts Northern Illinois next Monday (7:00 p.m. ET, WatchND, ESPN3).

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Last Wednesday night, no. 5/4 women's basketball (10-1) bested no. 25 DePaul, 94-93, in an overtime thriller. Still missing star freshman forward Brianna Turner, the Irish relied on guard Jewell Loyd, who racked up a career-high 41 points.

Saturday, Notre Dame won convincingly over Michigan, 70-50, behind Lindsay Allen's career-high 17 points and the opening up of an 18-point lead in the second half.

During pre-game warm-ups, the team wore black shirts reading "I can't breathe" in support of the family of Eric Garner and others. Coach Muffett McGraw commented on the team's decision to wear the shirts after the game:

This Sunday, the Irish host Saint Joseph's, PA (1:00 p.m. ET, WatchND). They travel to California to play UCLA a week from Sunday (4:00 p.m. ET, WatchND, Pac-12 Networks).

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Irish hockey (8-8-2, 4-2-2) was idle this past week. After a bit of time off, ND will next play Miami, Ohio on Sunday, December 28th at a tournament in Estero, Florida (4:05 p.m. ET, WatchND). Their ensuing match the following day is TBA (WatchND).

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Men's and women's swimming and diving were idle this past week. They now break for the holidays until a January 9th-10th dual meet with Michigan and Northwestern in Ann Arbor, MI.

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After the last week off, track & field will reconvene for the Simmons-Harvey Invitational in Ann Arbor, MI, in mid-January.

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After breaking with almost all of the school's athletics teams for finals and Christmas, we'll bring you updates beginning again in the new year on Notre Dame's Olympic sports. For now, go Irish. Beat everybody.