Third-quarter run propels Notre Dame women's basketball

Matt Carlson
Associated Press

CHICAGO — Arike Ogunbowale scored 13 of her 17 points in the first quarter to help No. 2 Notre Dame beat No. 16 DePaul 75-61 on Saturday night.

The Irish (9-1) were coming off a 72-61 home loss to No. 1 UConn 72-61 on Wednesday night.

Lindsay Allen and Brianna Turner each added 14 points to help the Irish overcome 27-of-61 shooting. They have won 12 straight on the road.

Jessica January and Brooke Schulte each had 19 points for DePaul (6-3). Schulte hit three 3 pointers, but the Blue Demons shot only 36.4 percent.

January fell to the court after apparently twisting her right ankle in the second quarter, but returned after having it taped.

Schulte hit two 3-pointers in the opening 51 seconds of the third quarter to tie it 33-all, but Ogunbowale powered in a layup moments later to put the Irish back in front.

Notre Dame put the game away with a 14-4 run in the third quarter after DePaul had tied it at 38.

The Irish didn't trail after the opening minute and led 33-27 at the half, but Schulte hit two 3 pointers and Kelly Campbell followed up another at 4:25 in to tie it.

After Brianna Turner and Marina Mabrey each sunk two free throws, Mychal Johnson nailed a 3 from the left corner to give the Irish a 45-38 lead with 3:26 to go in the third.

Notre Dame took charge in the fourth with Johnson racing in alone on a layup to open the lead to 13 points with 6:49 to go.

Top-scoring freshman Jackie Young was on the sidelines wearing a walking boot on her right foot. The guard, averaging 9.7 points through seven games, suffered an ankle injury in Notre Dame's 72-61 loss to UConn on Wednesday.

Sophomore guard Ali Patberg remained on the bench recovering from a virus.

The Blue Demons finished a tough stretch, facing four Top 25 teams in their last five games. They lost three of four, falling to Baylor, UConn and Notre Dame, while beating Syracuse.

Next

• Notre Dame: The Irish take a break for finals, then visit Toledo on Sunday, Dec. 18. It's the second stop in a six-game road swing for Notre Dame, which doesn't play at home again until Jan. 5 versus Wake Forest.

• DePaul: The Blue Demons are at Temple on Thursday before returning to Chicago play at crosstown rival Loyola next Sunday.

NOTRE DAME 75, DEPAUL 61

At Chicago

NOTRE DAME (75): Brianna Turner 4-8 6-7 14, Kathryn Westbeld 2-3 0-0 4, Marina Mabrey 1-6 5-6 7, Lindsay Allen 6-11 2-3 14, Arike Ogunbowale 7-15 2-4 17, Mychal Johnson 4-7 0-0 10, Kristina Nelson 1-7 0-0 2, Erin Boley 2-4 2-2 7. TOTALS: 27-61 17-22 75.

DEPAUL (61): Jacqui Grant 2-9 0-0 4, Ashton Millender 2-8 0-0 5, Amarah Coleman 2-3 2-2 6, Jessica January 8-23 3-8 19, Brooke Schulte 8-11 0-2 19, Lauren Prochaska 1-1 0-0 2, Kelly Campbell 1-6 3-4 6, Chante Stonewall 0-1 0-0 0, Tanita Allen 0-2 0-0 0, Claire McMahon 0-2 0-0 0. TOTALS: 24-66 8-16 61.

Notre Dame     19     33     52     75

DePaul     15     27     42     61

3-point goals: Notre Dame 4-12 (Mabrey 0-1, Ogunbowale 1-4, Johnson 2-4, Boley 1-3), DePaul 5-23 (Grant 0-2, Millender 1-6, Coleman 0-1, January 0-4, Schulte 3-4, Campbell 1-3, Allen 0-1, McMahon 0-2). Fouled out — None. Rebounds: Notre Dame 48 (Turner 11), DePaul 35 (Grant 6, January 6, Schulte 6, McMahon 6); Assists: Notre Dame 13 (Mabrey 4), DePaul 12 (January 6); Total fouls: Notre Dame 18, DePaul 25. A — 3,001.

Notre Dame's Arike Ogunbowale (24) goes up to shoot against DePaul's Brooke Schulte (22) and Meri Bennett-Swanson (4) during the first half of a NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)