SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) – Marina Mabrey had 21 points and 10 assists, her roommate Arike Ogunbowale had 13 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 2 Notre Dame beat Binghamton 103-53 on Sunday.
Jackie Young also scored 21 points for the Irish (9-1), adding six rebounds and seven assists.
Ogunbowale became the fifth player to move over 2,000 career points under coach Muffet McGraw, who is now within three victories of 900 for her career, including 809 wins in 32 years at Notre Dame.
Jackie Shepard had 18 points on 8-for-8 shooting and Brianna Turner finished with 14 points as the starters watched most of the fourth quarter from the bench. The Irish outscored the Bearcats 34-0 on fast-break points and 52-12 in the paint.
Rebecca Carmody led the Bearcats (5-6) with 12 points and Lizzy Spindler had 10.
Young and Mabrey each scored 15 points in the first half and Shepard had 12 as the Irish, who hit their first 10 shots of the game, led 28-18 after the first quarter and then 56-29 at halftime thanks to a 21-0 run to start the second quarter.
Ogunbowale, who picked up a second personal late in the first quarter, had eight points in the first half on four baskets, the last one at 7:19, putting her over 2,000 points.
The Irish started the third quarter on a 13-2 run to increase their lead to 71-31 before Bearcats coach Bethann Shapiro Ord called a timeout. Notre Dame led by as many as 52 points (93-41) early in the fourth quarter.
Binghamton: The Bearcats, members of the America East Conference, entered the game having played just one ranked team in their 18-year Division I history – No. 24 Hartford, a 70-65 loss on Feb. 18, 2010. They play two in two days on their current trip – No. 2 Notre Dame, the defending NCAA champion, and No. 19 Marquette.
Notre Dame: The Irish shot 67 percent (20 of 30) in the first 20 minutes and held the Bearcats to just 29.7 percent (11 of 37) from the field. The Irish had a 20-18 edge on the boards, a 12-5 edge in assists and had just four turnovers to Binghamton’s 11. Seven of those Binghamton turnovers resulted from Irish steals.
Binghamton: The Bearcats travel to Milwaukee for Monday night’s meeting with No. 19 Marquette.
Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish stay home to play Western Kentucky on Wednesday night.
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