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The Week in Notre Dame Athletics: #13 Hockey, #3 W Basketball Back At It

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With the new year upon us, we’ve got a little catching up to do: the Fighting Irish earned wins this past week in hockey, men’s & women’s swimming & diving, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball.

Michaela Mabrey holds her own as the #3 Irish women's basketball team dominates North Carolina.
Michaela Mabrey holds her own as the #3 Irish women's basketball team dominates North Carolina.
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Irish athletics are winding back up after Christmas break. Without further ado, we give you the results of the last week's Irish match-ups and look ahead at what's on the schedule this week.

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No. 13 Irish hockey (10-4-7, 6-1-2) played a series each with Denver and Western Michigan in the new year. We've got full recaps of both for you. On ND's 1-1 and 2-2 ties with Denver on the road, see what ndistops has to say here. On the huge 7-1 Irish win and 3-3 draw vs. WMU this past weekend at home, here's ndistops's review.

Here are the highlights from that 7-1 win over WMU:

The Irish host Merrimack this Friday evening (7:35 p.m. ET) and Saturday evening (7:05 p.m. ET).

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Men's and women's swimming & diving took home 11 event wins from their road meet vs. Virginia this past weekend. The women came in first in the 3-m dive, 1-m dive, 400 IM, and 400 free relay. The men earned the top spot in the 200 free relay, 100 free, 200 butterfly, 400 medley relay, 50 free, 200 breast, 100 butterfly, 100 back, and 400 free relay.

The Irish squads host Northwestern for a dual meet this Saturday.

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Men's basketball (10-5) went 3-3 since mid-December, falling to Indiana, 80-73, Virginia, 77-66, and Pittsburgh, 86-82; the Irish won against Youngstown State, 87-78, Liberty, 73-56, and Boston College, 82-54. You can find our game reviews at each of the links.

The Irish host Georgia Tech this Wednesday (9:00 p.m. ET). Saturday, they play Duke on the road (2:00 p.m. ET).

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No. 3 Irish women's basketball (15-1) earned six consecutive wins since mid-December. We won't go into detail on them here, but here are the scores and a few highlights:

Irish win vs. Saint Joseph's, Pa., 91-55, on 12/21

W vs. no. 12 Oregon State, 62-61, on 12/28

W vs. Georgia Teach, 85-76, on 12/30

W vs. Pittsburgh, 65-55, on 1/3

W vs. Virginia, 74-46, on 1/7

W vs. North Carolina, 88-54, on 1/10

In their closest match of the stretch, the Irish out-scored the best rebounding team in the country in Oregon State after surrendering a 13-point second-half lead. Muffet McGraw earned her 800th career win as a head coach when the Irish bested Pittsburgh. Star forward Brianna Turner is back on the court after sitting out for several weeks with a shoulder injury, showing off her recovery particularly against Virginia: she put up 19 points and had 9 rebounds against the Cavaliers. And as the score suggests, the Irish dominated the Tarheels in their Sunday night showdown. From the AP's game recap:

The Irish outscored the Tar Heels 50-14 in the paint, held North Carolina to 30 percent shooting overall, blocked seven shots and forced 23 turnovers in an 88-54 victory. It was the worst loss in three seasons for the Tar Heels.

That'll do it.

Highlights from the win over UNC:

Notre Dame faces Boston College on Thursday on the road (7:00 p.m. ET). Next Monday, they host Tennessee (7:00 p.m. ET).

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Irish track & field gets their outdoor season rolling at the Wisconsin Open in Madison this Saturday.

Men's tennis is starting things back up this week, welcoming Michigan State and Detroit this Saturday.

The Irish fencing team reconvenes this week, hosting the DeCicco Duals on Saturday and Sunday.

We'll bring you updates again next week on the whole range of Notre Dame sports. For now, go Irish. Beat everybody.