The Notre Dame women’s basketball team got their fifth win in ACC play on Wednesday night after taking down Virginia Tech, 80-51.
After beating Wake Forest by 30 on Sunday afternoon, the Notre Dame women packed their bags and headed south. They traveled to Blacksburg to take on Virginia Tech in a Wednesday night ACC battle. The Irish came away with the victory by a score of 80-51. Jessica Shepard led the Irish with 20 points and 11 rebounds while Arike Ogunbowale added 19 points.
In the battle of Mabreys, Marina comes out with the advantage
For the first time in her career, Marina Mabrey had to line up opposite of her younger sister Dara. When the Irish faced off against Virginia Tech on Wednesday night, the two sisters were ready to play. But it was no surprise who came out the winner after 40 minutes. Marina finished with 15 points and four assists in the game while Dara had just five points and one assist. Marina also came out on top where it mattered the most and that is in the win column. The Irish were able to come back from a slow start to beat the Hokies in Blacksburg.
Brianna Turner struggles on Wednesday night
It certainly was not the best night for Brianna Turner. She struggled on the offensive side of the ball and only put up seven points. One spot that she really had a hard time with offensively was hitting free throws. When she was going up under the basket, she wasn’t necessarily making a whole lot, but was getting fouled. At the free throw line however, she struggled mightily, converting on just 25 percent. She had a little bit better of a night on the defensive side of things, where she racked up six rebounds and five blocks. The Irish will need to see her play better here in ACC play so that Jessica Shepard does not have to carry such a large load.
The Irish will now play host to Boston College on Sunday afternoon in South Bend. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET. The Eagles come into Sunday having faced off against Florida State at home on Thursday night. Heading into that game, they are 13-4 and sit at the middle of the ACC table.