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Notre Dame Women’s Basketball: Irish take home ACC Crown

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For the fourth year in a row Notre Dame is the ACC Tournament Champion.

NCAA Womens Basketball: ACC Conference Tournament-Duke vs Notre Dame Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Since joining the ACC in 2013 there has not been an ACC Championship that the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (30-3, 15-1 ACC) haven’t won. That’s right, they’re a perfect eight for eight in ACC titles, that includes regular season and tournament championships. The Irish are also 78-2 since joining the league

The Irish wrapped up their fourth straight ACC Tournament title on Sunday afternoon as they took down the three seeded Duke Blue Devils, 84-61.

The Irish we’re led by first team All-ACC player, Lindsay Allen. On Friday Allen became the ACC’s all-time leader in assists, and she added to her total on Sunday. Allen had 11 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds. Her 13 assists were enough to break the Notre Dame single season record of 247 that was previously held by current assistant coach, Niele Ivey. Allen also named the tournament MVP and finished with a record 31 assists.

Notre Dame’s National Player of the Year candidate, Brianna Turner, also had a productive afternoon as she had 18 points, three rebounds and was 6-7 from the floor. Turner also had three blocks. She is second all-time at Notre Dame behind Ruth Riley in blocked shots with 255.

Leading scorer, Arike Ogunbowale, led the way offensively as she had 21 points on 8-15 shooting. She also chipped in with five boards.

Sophomore Marina Mabrey and freshman Erin Boley were also in double figures for the Irish. Mabrey finished with 13, while Boley ended up with 14.

The Irish are now almost a sheer lock to be the No. 1 seed in the Lexington regional. Notre Dame was the No. 1 in that region last year, but fell in the Sweet Sixteen to Stanford.

The NCAA Women’s Selection Show will air on Monday, March 13th. The show will air at 7:00pm ET on ESPN.