Conference Contest Domination
Tonight, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish went on the road again to take on the Boston College Eagles in Chestnut Hill. The women’s basketball team continued their dominance of inferior teams tonight.
The Irish (23-3, 10-2) took on BC in another ACC game that saw a clash of a team whose record showed they should and could win handily. That is exactly what happened tonight.
The Irish came out swinging tonight on the road. They took an 18-4 lead in the first six minutes of the game. Really, with the skill and dominance, the Irish continued this trend. They imposed their will on the Eagles tonight. After one half, the Irish scored 51 points to BC’s 22 (11 in each quarter).
More of the same occurred in the second half, a big help from BC who only scored 7 points in the third quarter. The Irish had great looks inside and in the paint for the majority of the game. Additionally, they had a modicum of success from the perimeter, but they went 4-16 beyond the arc (25%). It’s not incredible, but tonight it was certainly enough to supplement the 54% FG percentage overall. After the opposite of a close game, the Irish prevailed 97-47, and a 50-point win is amazing.
As always Arike Ogunbowale had a fantastic night with 23 points. However, tonight those points helped her to go further in the record books. Arike surpassed current Irish coach Beth Cunningham, a member of the 2001 National Championship team, in total points in program history. Beth was second all-time behind Skylar Diggins-Smith, who has 2,357 total points. Arike needed 22 points to take over Cunningham’s place at second, and she got that with 1 more point than needed. Now Arike (2,324 points), is just 33 points from tying Skylar’s record. It seems like Arike will be able to be the #1 scorer in program history considering her offensive success as well as the amount of time left in the season. Arike is getting the tangible credit that she definitely deserves.
The Irish take on NC State on Monday the 18th at 7 PM on ESPN2. This game is big because the Wolfpack are #12 right now. Additionally, they are 3rd in the ACC while the Irish are second in the ACC behind Louisville. Whomever wins this game will take sole possession of second place in the conference. It will be a true and interesting/fun road test for the Irish.