Miles asks and Citron delivers as No. 9 Notre Dame women take care of Boston College

Jimmy Golen
Associated Press
Notre Dame's Sonia Citron, right, celebrates a 3-pointer with Olivia Miles during the fourth quarter in the game against Michigan State on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, at the Breslin Center in East Lansing.

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BOSTON — Olivia Miles and Sonia Citron had already scored 10 straight points to put away Boston College when they turned their attention to other things. 

"I told Sonia I needed two more assists for the double-double. And she was like, 'All right, I've got you,'" Miles said after helping No. 9 Notre Dame beat BC 72-59 in women's college basketball on Thursday night. 

"That's just kind of our communication on the court," said Miles, who found Citron for baskets on the next two Irish possessions to complete a 14-0 run — with all 14 points from Miles and Citron. "We just really play off each other really well.'' 

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Miles scored 22 points with 10 assists and eight rebounds, and Citron scored 23 for the Irish (18-2, 9-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). 

Maria Gakdeng scored 16 points, T'Yana Todd had 13 and Andrea Daly scored 10 with eight rebounds for BC (14-11, 4-8). The Irish beat BC at home 85-48 on New Year's Day but hadn't won in Chestnut Hill since 2019. 

"This is such a tough place to play," said Notre Dame coach Niele Ivey, whose team faces No. 16 Duke next. "We'll celebrate it until about 12:30, and then we've got film. Tomorrow we start focusing on Duke." 

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BC came within five points, 55-50, before the Irish ran off 14 points in a row — nine by Citron, and five by Miles. That put an end to what had been a back-and-forth game in which the Irish opened big leads and then frittered them away. 

"I always feel like we're close," BC coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee said. "They're young; I think consistency comes with experience. 

"I think it's a big improvement from the first time we played Notre Dame," she said. "I still want to see more, and I want to see us grow up as fast as humanly possible because I think we do have a dangerous team when we are doing well." 

Notre Dame led by 11 in the first quarter and held a 38-30 lead with two minutes gone in the third. BC scored 13 of the next 18 points, capitalizing on back-to-back Irish turnovers to tie it 43-all with three minutes left in the quarter. 

But Natalija Marshall put back the rebound of her own miss, Miles drove to the basket, Maddy Westbeld added a pair of baskets and then Miles stole the ball and found Citron on the fast break to make it 53-43. 

Big picture 

Notre Dame bounced back from their first league loss of the season, a 69-65 defeat at North Carolina State on Sunday. Now they face No. 16 Duke. 

The Eagles, who beat Pittsburgh on Sunday to snap a five-game losing streak, were looking for their second victory over a Top 25 team this season, having also beaten then-No. 10 N.C. State on Jan. 5. 

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Notre Dame: Hosts No. 16 Duke on Sunday. 

Boston College: Visits Syracuse on Sunday.

No. 9 Notre Dame 72, Boston College 59

NOTRE DAME (18-3): Watson 2-2 0-0 4, Westbeld 4-4 0-0 8, Bransford 4-10 2-2 10, Citron 10-18 0-0 23, Miles 8-14 5-6 22, Brown 0-1 0-0 0, Prosper 1-5 1-2 3, Marshall 1-4 0-0 2, Totals 30-58 8-10 72

BOSTON COLLEGE (14-11): Gakdeng 6-8 4-5 16, Daley 3-6 3-4 10, Lacey 3-17 1-2 7, Mair 4-10 0-0 9, Todd 3-12 6-6 13, VanTimmeren 2-6 0-0 4, McGee 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 21-59 14-17 59

Notre Dame19132118— 72
Boston College10201514— 59

3-Point Goals—Notre Dame 4-12 (Citron 3-6, Miles 1-4, Prosper 0-2), Boston College 3-17 (Daley 1-2, Lacey 0-6, Mair 1-4, Todd 1-3, VanTimmeren 0-2). Assists—Notre Dame 17 (Miles 10), Boston College 12 (Lacey 4, Mair 4). Fouled Out—Notre Dame Westbeld. Rebounds—Notre Dame 41 (Bransford 8, Miles 8), Boston College 27 (Daley 8). Total Fouls—Notre Dame 13, Boston College 13. Technical Fouls—None. A—1,378.