After dismantling Pittsburgh in the ACC home opener, the Notre Dame women’s basketball team will be back in action on Sunday afternoon as they take on Georgia Tech.
When the Irish opened their ACC schedule against Pittsburgh on Thursday, they dominated their opponent on both ends of the floor. Notre Dame allowed just 14 points in the first half, showing off their much-improved defense. The Irish also scored over 85 points for the fifth straight game. Now the Irish will hit the road to face off against Georgia Tech in their ACC road opener.
Everything was working for the Irish on Thursday night. They shot the ball well offensively, putting up 100 points on better than 50 percent shooting once again. On the defensive side of the ball, they allowed just 44 total points, with most of the second half being played by the bench. But one thing that the Irish did well that will not show up on the stat sheet was inbound plays, especially under the basket. Notre Dame was able to run the inbound play with ease, often finding the inbounder, Marina Mabrey, wide open in the corner for an easy bucket.
If the Irish want to hand Georgia Tech their first loss at home this season, they will have to put up points once again. The key for the Irish this season has been to get out and run in transition. Picking up rebounds and steals and then hitting baskets in transition will be the difference maker in this game
Georgia Tech enters the match up with an 11-2 record on the year and are 1-0 in ACC play after picking up a win on the road against Boston College on Thursday. Their first loss of the year came to Houston in double overtime and their only other loss was to Maryland in the Big 10/ACC Challenge. The Yellow Jackets are averaging 73.1 points per game while only allowing 60.4 points per game. The Irish will need to be on the lookout for the three Yellow Jacket starters that average double digit points per game. Freshmen Elizabeth Balogun, Elizabeth Dixon and junior Francesca Pan are all averaging between 10 and 14 points per game. If the Irish can shut one or two of those three down, they will be in good shape.
How to watch
Tip-off for the match up is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET. The game will be aired on the Raycom Sports Network.