Notre Dame Fighting Irish news: Women’s basketball with huge loss in big win, Justin Scott update

The Notre Dame women’s basketball team beat former Irish teammate Sam Brunelle and Virginia 76-54 but may have lost Dara Mabrey for the season. In what was essentially a non-contact injury, Mabrey’s knee buckled as she was about to go up during a breakaway layup. It remains to be seen how severe the injury is, but initial reports aren’t looking good for the senior guard.

The injury happened just minutes off the clock in the 1st quarter, with the Irish trailing 2-0. From that point, the team would rally to finish the quarter on an 18 to 7 run and never looked back. Sonia Citron led the squad as she tallied 20 points and was red hot from downtown, shooting 6 of 7 from beyond the arc. The 7th-ranked Irish improved to 16-2 and will face Florida State next at home.

It’s a significant loss for Notre Dame should Mabrey be out the rest of the season with her injury – we’re praying for a speedy recovery

In other news, while we updated yesterday’s story, football star Justin Scott moved his visit from yesterday to January 29th. His visit is just two days before he’s set to commit, which bodes well for the Fighting Irish. Scott told Irish Illustrated’s Tom Loy that he would still think about other schools after making his decision, but for the most part, it would be over.

While some could be annoyed with the early commitment or recruitment aspect, his being upfront and honest is really important. It’s up to Notre Dame and the coaching staff to keep his commitment solid from the 31st until national signing day should he choose the Irish. Given how a particular recruitment played out this past national signing day, I respect the young man’s honesty about his path and decision. Can you blame a kid for wanting his whole recruiting experience and visiting other schools for free with official visits? I certainly can’t.

Nonetheless, should the Irish land Justin Scott’s commitment, they’ll be in a great position moving forward. Scott should be able to help the team, and current commits, recruit the defensive side of the football. Things could soon be looking sky high for the class of 2024.