After a break for the Christmas holiday, the Notre Dame women’s basketball team return to action on Sunday afternoon against Lehigh. Head coach Muffet McGraw looks for win No. 900.
The Irish return to action on Sunday afternoon as they take on Lehigh. Just before the break, the Irish took down Marquette 87-63. Now, after having a week off, the Irish will look to secure win number 12 on the season at home. If Notre Dame does pick up the victory against head coach Muffet McGraw’s previous coaching spot, McGraw would secure her 900th career win.
It’s been a good few games for the Irish offensively as of late. Since losing to UConn, the Irish have scored over 85 points in three of their four games. Marina Mabrey, Jackie Young, Arike Ogunbowale, and Brianna Turner have all put up at least 20 points in a game in the past three outings. That, coupled with some improved defense, has helped the Irish bounce back from the ugly loss to the arch-rival Huskies.
One of the things that has helped the Irish rack up the point totals has been the shooting percentage. In the past three games, Notre Dame has shot over 55 percent from the floor. Against Western Kentucky, they managed to shoot 69.8 percent, good for 103 points. If they can keep up the strong shooting, it will be difficult for teams to keep up.
Lehigh is 8-2 on the season and currently on a three game winning streak. One player to keep an eye on would be Mishawaka, Ind. and Penn alum, Camryn Buhr. The junior guard is averaging 13.5 points per game and has scored in the double-digits in every game this season. If the Irish want to slow down this Lehigh offense, they will have to keep her quiet. A big day on the glass will also be necessary for the Irish, as Lehigh has out-rebounded their opponents by almost seven boards a game.
How to watch
Tip-off for the match up is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET. The game will be aired on the ACC Network Extra.