Notre Dame Women’s Basketball: Arike Ogunbowale Is On A Record Scoring Pace

SOUTH BEND, IN - DECEMBER 07: Arike Ogunbowale
SOUTH BEND, IN - DECEMBER 07: Arike Ogunbowale /

Notre Dame women’s basketball star Arike Ogunbowale is on pace to break a couple of Notre Dame’s scoring records.

It has been another amazing season for Notre Dame women’s basketball. A ninth-straight Sweet 16 run and another real shot at a national title are upon us despite an injury-plagued season. As far as putting the ball in the basket, it’s been a historically great season for Arike Ogunbowale.

The junior guard is on the brink of and on pace to break two of Notre Dame’s single season scoring records this season, while putting herself in position to become the all-time leading scorer next year.

Ogunbowale is sitting at 700 points scored on the year. She’s just 76 points behind Katryna Gaither’s record of 776 points, set during the 1996-1997 season.

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Ogunbowale is also on pace to break the single-season points per game record, also set by Gaither during her 1996-1997 campaign. That year, Gaither finished with 20.4 points per game. Arike Ogunbowale is currently averaging 20.6 per game.

Both records will belong to Ogunbowale as long as she maintains her current points per game average and the team makes it to the NCAA Championship Game.

The big record to keep an eye on going forward is the one currently held by Skylar Diggins — most points scored in a career. Diggins scored 2,357 points during her illustrious career in South Bend. Arike Ogunbowale is currently sitting at 1,676 points. Even if she doesn’t make another basket during the rest of the NCAA Tournament — which is highly unlikely — she’ll need just 682 points next season to stand alone as Notre Dame’s all-time leading scorer.

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Here’s hoping for more records to fall and another trophy to be raised — both this season and next.