Women's basketball: Notre Dame at Clemson

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WHO: Notre Dame (3-3, 1-1 ACC) vs. Clemson (7-1, 2-1).

WHEN: Sunday, 3 p.m.

WHERE: Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson, S.C.

TV: RSN (including Marquee Network on Comcast).

RADIO: WQLQ (99.9 FM).

NOTING: Clemson stunned host Notre Dame 71-55 a year ago in each team’s Atlantic Coast Conference opener. Despite that first-ever win over the Irish in seven tries, the Tigers went on to finish just 3-15 in the league (ND went 8-10). … Kendall Spray drained 8-of-14 on 3-pointers for 24 points. The 5-5 senior is back and averaging 13.3 points to go with 29-of-63 outside the arc (46%) this season. Spray, who started her career at Tennessee-Martin, is the NCAA’s active leader in career 3s with 323. … Clemson’s 5-0 at home and coming off a 72-69 win Thursday over Florida State. … Besides Spray, Tiger leaders include freshman guard Gabby Elliott (12.8 points per game, 6.4 rebounds), senior Delicia Washington (11.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg), sophomore Amari Robinson (7.9 ppg) and 6-4 senior center Tylar Bennett (4.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.6 blocks). … The Irish are coming off an 84-78 home win over No. 25 Virginia Tech on Thursday and will be on the road for the first time since their season-opening 86-85 loss at Ohio. … ND leaders include freshman Maddy Westbeld (19.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 51% on 2s, 9-of-20 on 3s), Anaya Peoples (13.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.0 steals), Destinee Walker (11.4 ppg, 20-of-22 free throws), Dara Mabrey (10.8 ppg, 3.2 assists) and Sam Brunelle (10.3 ppg, 9-of-19 on 3s). … Westbeld has scored at least 21 points in each of her last three games and her early-season average is on pace to break Beth (Morgan) Cunningham’s program standard by a freshman of 17.9 in 1993-94. … Walker has not played in any of the last six quarters, with coach Niele Ivey citing a preference for other lineup combinations. Walker was the lone Irish player to appear in all 36 games over the last two seasons prior to Thursday, including 35 starts and a team-leading 34.2 minutes per outing to go with 14.0 points. … Though Notre Dame is just 16-21 since the start of last season, the victory over Tech upped the team’s record against ranked opponents during that span to 4-6, including 1-1 this season.

QUOTING: “We’re kind of point guard by committee until Alasia (Hayes) comes in. She’s a true point guard, has a lot of speed. She’s growing every game and I thought she managed the game really well. I thought her speed was something we needed as far as on-ball pressure. I thought she gave us that and was really solid and poised. … It’s always hard as a freshman being the point guard, running the team, but she’s starting to understand everything.” — Niele Ivey, Notre Dame coach, on Hayes’ play against the Hokies. Hayes had eight points and three assists in 13 minutes off the bench. She never missed a shot and committed one turnover.

— Anthony Anderson, Tribune Correspondent

Notre DameÕs Alasia Hayes (5) gets pressure from Virginia TechÕs Da'Ja Green during an NCAA basketball game on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)