The Notre Dame women’s basketball team will be back home on Sunday afternoon as they play host to the Eagles of Boston College.
In their midweek game, the Irish went down to Blacksburg and took down Virginia Tech 80-51. It was a battle of Mabreys, as Marina took on her freshman sister Dara on Wednesday night. Ultimately, Marina would win that battle and the Irish would come out on top. Now Notre Dame will play host to Boston College at Purcell Pavilion on Sunday.
As of late, Jessica Shepard has been in control for the Irish. She has been getting it done on both ends of the court and is putting up great numbers. Between her shooting, her passing ability, and the amount of rebounds that she grabs, she is a matchup nightmare for opposing teams. As the Irish continue throughout ACC play, she will need to continue her strong performances to help the Irish stay undefeated in league play. Her strong play should lead to more opportunities for Brianna Turner. Expect Turner to have a bounce back game after playing poorly against Virginia Tech.
When it comes to the guards, you can’t ask for much more out of Jackie Young, Arike Ogunbowale, and Marina Mabrey. They are doing a good job of defending the other team and are taking good shots overall. The one area that they need to really work on moving forward is taking care of the basketball. For over a year now, the Irish have been without a true point guard in the starting lineup. They have gotten away with this mainly due to the fact that they rarely have to set up a half court offense. But when they do, they are turning the ball over way too much. That will need to change — and fast — as the Irish’s ACC schedule is soon to ramp up.
Boston College comes into Sunday’s matchup at 13-5 and 2-3 in conference play. While they are 7-5 at home, the Eagles are a perfect 4-0 away from Chestnut Hill. Junior Emma Guy leads Boston College in points per game with 13.6. She is currently shooting just under 63 percent from the field in 18 games played. Guy also leads her team in rebounds per game with 7.5. The Irish will need to keep a close eye on her to remain perfect in ACC play.
How to watch
Tip-off for the matchup is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra.