Mabrey zones in, leads Notre Dame women past BC

Ken Powtak
Associated Press

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Michaela Mabrey couldn't hold back the smile when she was asked what it's like facing a team that plays zone.

Mabrey hit six 3-pointers and finished with a career-high 20 points, and No. 4 Notre Dame beat Boston College, 89-56, on Sunday for its ninth straight win.

"Yeah, I love teams who play zone," she said. "We just have so many big presences on our team, and it just opens me up more. I hit my first shot, and it gives me a lot of confidence."

Mabrey was 6-for-9 from 3-point range.

Jewell Loyd added 13 points , Kathryn Westbeld scored 12 points, and Madison Cable had 11 points and eight rebounds for the Fighting Irish (23-2, 10-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).

It was the 850th all-time victory for Notre Dame, making it the 26th Division I program to reach that mark.

"I'm proud of what we've accomplished and where we are — the level of where we're playing," ND coach Muffett McGraw said. "We've had so many great players come through here. There's just so many people that have been part of our program."

Emilee Daley scored a career-best 18 points and Katie Quandt had 10 for Boston College (10-13, 2-8). The Eagles were without second-leading scorer Nicole Boudreau, who was suspended for the game for violating team rules. The guard averages 12.2 points.

The Eagles lost to Notre Dame by 46 points the last time they met.

"It's a great lesson for a young team," coach Erik Johnson said. "There's no better lesson than playing a game like that. I really believe we took some steps today. The scoreboard may not show it, but we did."

The Irish led by 27 points at halftime and played their reserves for much of the second half.

Notre Dame used a 20-0 run over a five-minute stretch midway through the first half to turn a six-point game into a 36-10 lead. Mabrey hit a pair of 3s during the spurt, and Loyd scored seven points.

After struggling from the field early, the Irish used some easy transition baskets to get their offense jump-started and pulled away behind Mabrey's outside shooting and dominant inside play.

Notre Dame was 7-of-11 from 3-point range and led 51-24 at halftime.

Tip-ins

• Notre Dame: The Irish shot 57.8 percent and beat BC 104-58 in South Bend on Jan. 11.

• Boston College: F Kat Cooper, who averages 5.2 points, was also suspended for the game. "Great kids, but lessons that needed to be learned when you're young," Johnson said. "I remember being in college, but it's really, really important for the culture of our program." Guard Lauren Engeln (2.1 points) was dismissed from the team. "Same thing," Johnson said when asked about her. ... Former BC player Ayla Brown (2010), now a country music singer, sang the national anthem.

Get outta here

With a foot or more of snow expected from Sunday night through Monday in the Boston area, Notre Dame wasted little time in racing to catch its flight out after the game.

Tough to concentrate

A 27-point halftime lead makes it tough to play efficient basketball. The Irish turned the ball over 10 times in the second half. "I'm not going to lie, it is hard to maintain the focus," Mabrey said.

Up next

Notre Dame hosts No. 15 Duke on Feb. 16. Boston College visits Wake Forest on Thursday.

Sitting out

Reserve guards Mychal Johnson and Whitney Holloway made the trip but did not play. Holloway, one of the tri-captains, is still recovering from a foot injury. Johnson, a freshman, did not play as a precaution because of a knee injury.

• NOTRE DAME 89, BOSTON COLLEGE 56

At Silvio Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, Mass.

NOTRE DAME (89): Brianna Turner 2-5 1-3 5, Taya Reimer 5-11 1-2 11, Lindsay Allen 4-5 1-2 9, Michaela Mabrey 6-12 2-2 20, Jewell Loyd 3-10 7-9 13, Madison Cable 5-6 0-1 11, Kathryn Westbeld 5-7 1-3 12, Hannah Huffman 1-4 2-2 4, Markisha Wright 0-1 2-4 2, Diamond Thompson 0-2 2-2 2, TOTALS 31-63 19-30 89.

BOSTON COLLEGE (56): Emilee Daley 7-17 0-0 18, Alexa Coulombe 2-3 0-0 4, Katie Quandt 3-6 4-7 10, Ashley Kelsick 4-8 1-4 9, Martina Mosetti 4-7 0-0 8, Kelly Hughes 2-6 0-0 5, Karima Gabriel 1-2 0-0 2, Shayra Brown 0-2 0-0 0, TOTALS 23-51 5-11 56.

Halftime: Notre Dame 51, Boston College 24.

Shooting: Notre Dame 31 of 63 for 49.2 percent; Boston College 23 of 51 for 45.1 percent. 3-point shooting: Notre Dame 8 of 14 (Mabrey 6-9, Cable 1-1, Westbeld 1-1, Allen 0-1, Loyd 0-2) for 57.1 percent; Boston College 5 of 13 (Daley 4-8, Hughes 1-2, Brown 0-1, Mosetti 0-2) for 38.5 percent. Rebounds: Notre Dame 39 (Cable 8, Turner 6, Reimer 6, Loyd 4); Boston College 31 (Daley 7, Quandt 6, Gabriel 4). Assists: Notre Dame 21 (Mabrey 5, Loyd 4, Allen 2, Turner 2, Reimer 2, Cable 2, Huffman 2); Boston College 12 (Mosetti 4, Daley 3). Turnovers: Notre Dame 14 (Westbeld 4, Turner 2, Loyd 2, Cable 2);

Boston College 26 (Mosetti 8, Kelsick 7, Daley 5, Coulombe 2, Quandt 2). Blocked shots: Notre Dame 3 (Turner 1, Huffman 1, Thompson 1); Boston College 6 (Coulombe 2, Quandt 2, Daley 1, Gabriel 1). Steals: Notre Dame 16 (Loyd 5, Turner 3, Mabrey 2, Westbeld 2); Boston College 8 (Coulombe 2, Kelsick 2, Daley 2). Total fouls (fouled out): Notre Dame 10 (none); Boston College 23 (none).

Officials: Mark Hardcastle, Angelica Suffren, Angela Lewis. Records: Notre Dame 23-2, 10-1 Atlantic Coast Conference; Boston College 10-13, 2-8 ACC. A—1,924.

Notre Dame’s Michaela Mabrey gestures to her team during the second half of ND's 89-56 conquest of Boston College. (AP Photo/JESSICA HILL)