Arike Ogunbowale on having her family on hand to watch her become Notre Dame women’s basketball’s career scoring leader.
Mike Berardino, IndyStar
No. 5 Notre Dame 89, Duke 61: Arike Ogunbowale scored 25 points to become Notre Dame’s all-time leading scorer as the fifth-ranked Fighting Irish routed Duke 89-61 on Thursday night.
Ogunbowale hit 11 of 19 shots as she passed South Bend native Skyler Diggins-Smith’s 2,357 points scored from 2009-13 for coach Muffet McGraw. Ogunbowale now has 2,371.
Her jumper, after a steal, over Duke’s Haley Gorecki at the free-throw line with 8:49 remaining in the second quarter swished through the basket and took her past Diggins-Smith, who was in Dallas awaiting the birth of her first child.
Notre Dame had a video tribute for Ogunbowale at the media break following the basket that delighted the crowd of 8,399 in the Purcell Pavilion.
Jessica Shepard had 24 points (on 10-of-19 shooting) and 10 rebounds – her 11th double-double of the season and 51st of her career that started at Nebraska – for the Irish (25-3, 12-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). Brianna Turner had her seventh double-double of the season – 21 points and 15 rebounds – and three blocks on the historic night for their teammate.
Miela Goodchild scored 26 points with the help of a freshman school-record eight 3-pointers to lead the Blue Devils (11-14, 3-10 ACC), who lost their third straight. Leaonna Odom scored 12 points and Jade Williams 10 as Notre Dame held Duke leading scorer Haley Gorecki to six points, 12 under her average.
Arike Ogunbowale after passing Skylar Diggins-Smith to become Notre Dame’s career scoring leader in women’s basketball
Mike Berardino, IndyStar
Ogunbowale finished with 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting in the first half as the Irish used a 16-0 run at the end of the second quarter to forge a 52-25 halftime lead. Interestingly, Notre Dame got two points from Mabrey, who contributed four steals and six assists, and none from Jackie Young in the first half.
The spurt reached 22-0 as Notre Dame took a 58-25 lead with the first six points of the third quarter. Duke, which last scored at 5:07 of the first half, finally scored at 6:18 on a Jade Williams layup with 6:18 to play – a drought of 8:49 without a basket.
Notre Dame’s 22-0 run was its 36th of 10 points or better this season. The Irish, meanwhile, had not allowed a 10-0 run by an opponent this season until Goodchild’s long 3-pointer completed a 12-0 run by the Blue Devils that cut a 62-32 Irish lead to 62-44 with 37 seconds remaining.
However, Ogunbowale’s layup at the buzzer gave the Irish a 64-44 lead heading into the final quarter.
Duke: The Blue Devils, whose last victory was an 85-69 triumph on Feb. 7 over the same North Carolina team that beat Notre Dame 78-73 on Jan. 27 in Chapel Hill, had just eight players dressed because of injuries. Coach Joanne P. McCallie’s squad shot just 39.3 percent (11 of 28) in the first half and just 28.6 percent (4 of 14) in the second quarter and committed 12 turnovers.
Notre Dame: Coming into the game trailing Diggins-Smith by 11 points, Ogunbowale made sure she wouldn’t have the record on her mind when she scored 10 points in the first quarter on 4-of-7 shooting, including 2 of 3 3-pointers. After her first basket, however, she came up with a steal, raced down the floor and missed a layup.
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Duke: Sunday at Wake Forest.
Notre Dame: Monday at No. 18 Syracuse.
Indiana 75, No. 10 Iowa 73: Bendu Yeaney hit the winning basket with 3 seconds left after the host Hoosiers (18-10, 7-9 Big Ten) rallied from an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit.
IU trailed 59-51 with 8:43 to go but scored eight straight to tie the score with 7 minutes to go. The teams battled the rest of the way, and Iowa’s Tania Davis tied the score at 73 with a 3-pointer with 22 seconds to go.
Brenna Wise led IU with 24 points and 12 rebounds, and Ali Patberg scored 21 in her return from injury.
Megan Gustafson had 26 points and 12 rebounds for Iowa (21-6, 12-4).
Penn State 72, Purdue 61: Domonique Oden scored 14 points, and Ae’Rianna Harris added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the visiting Boilermakers (17-11, 8-7 Big Ten), who led only at 2-0 before the Nittany Lions (10-15, 3-11) scored seven straight points.
Karissa McLaughlin added 13 points for Purdue. Amari Carter and Siyeh Frazier scored 18 each for Penn State, which shot 50 percent from the field and 43.8 percent from 3-point range.
Bellarmine 80, UIndy 62: Emma Benoit scored 15 points for UIndy (9-16, 3-12 Great Lakes Valley).
South Dakota State 92, Purdue Fort Wayne 83: Mike Daum had 38 points and 20 rebounds for the host Jackrabbits (22-7, 12-2 Summit), and David Jenkins added 22 points.
John Konchar had 27 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Mastodons (17-12, 9-5), and Matt Holba added 15 points and nine rebounds.
Bellarmine 96, UIndy 66: Jesse Kempson had 21 points and 10 rebounds for UIndy (17-10, 10-4 Great Lakes Valley).