#21/18 North Carolina – Notre Dame Fighting Irish – Official Athletics Site


Game 16: vs. #21/18 North Carolina (14-1, 4-1)
When: Sunday January 16 | 1 p.m. ET
Or: South Bend, IN | Purcell Pavilion
Look: NSR | Marquee Network locally
Listen: 99.9WQLQ-FM | ND radio network
Remarks Notes N/A | UNC Ratings
Social: @NDWBB

NOTRE DAME, Ind. –The Purcell Pavilion will be a feast for the eyes for the Notre Dame women’s basketball team (12-3, 3-1), which hasn’t played a home game since Dec. 19. The Fighting Irish will finally get to see the green glow sticks again and feel the hometown support when North Carolina’s number 21/18 hits town on Sunday, January 16. Tipping inside Purcell is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on RSN – which will be Marquee Network locally.

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HONORING THE PAST

Sunday at halftime, Notre Dame will pay tribute to several faculty/staff members who have made continuous efforts to help make the campus a more welcoming and inclusive community. They represent a wide range of departments and employee resource groups. Each winner has gone above and beyond to help create an environment where all are celebrated and supported.

Plus, the women’s basketball team will honor the past in their own way, donning a throwback to 1985 jersey. And not just any jersey, Trena Keys – the first black student-athlete to win a scholarship with the program in 1982 Keys was a two-time North Star Conference Player of the Year and was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009. She still ranks in the top 15 on the list of the program’s all-time scorers.

NANCY LIEBERMAN AWARD WATCHLIST?

To everyone on the Nancy Lieberman Award committee — you should probably pay attention to someone who wasn’t on your preseason watch list and definitely should be on your midseason list — introducing Olivia Miles. The Notre Dame freshman point guard leads the ENTIRE NATION in assists per game, averaging 7.8. However, Miles is more than just stylish helpers.

She’s also averaging double-digit points (12.8) and shaking 6.6 boards/game – second best on the team behind Dodson.

Thereby, Iowa’s Miles and Caitlin Clark are the only players in the nation to average at least 12 points/6 rebounds/7 assists.

And by the way, she’s racking up the double-doubles, already earning 6 on the year, which ranks 4th in the ACC and ranks 2nd among all Division I freshmen. And of those 6, one of them is a triple-double, as Miles became only the 2nd Irish freshman in program history to do so.

SENSATION FIRST YEAR DUO

Notre Dame has not just one, but two great freshmen in Citron and Miles who will be the building blocks for years to come. In fact, Notre Dame is the only Power-Five school with two double-digit average freshmen. Also, there is only one other school in Division I with 2 freshmen averaging at least 11 points per game – Pacific – Anaya James and Elizabeth Elliot.

A versatile 6-1 guard, Citron was all over the court for Coach Ivey, ranking in the team’s top 4 in points, rebounds, assists and steals. Citron not only made the first waves for the ACC Freshman of the Year, but also the 6th woman. She has an impressive average of 10.9 points off the bench – the 4th most on the team.

Rare numbers off the bench -> there are only 2 players in the entire country (of any class) who feature these numbers off the bench: NC State’s Citron and Diamond Johnson (12.8p / 5.2r / 2.6 a / 1.8s)

Also, there are only 3 freshmen in the entire country with an average of at least 10 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists and 1 steal, and 2 belong to ND. The other is Arkansas State’s Lauryn Pendleton.

Then there’s Olivia Miles, who’s already been pretty detailed above. Ultimately, Miles ranks in the ACC top 15 in 7 different stat categories: rebounds, assists, steals, FG %, A/TO ratio, defensive rebounds and minutes – the best of any Irish player .

Finally, these two aren’t just offensive threats, they also lead the team defensively with the two best steal averages. Miles leads all Irish with 1.9/game which ranks 8th in the ACC. Citron follows just behind with 1.6/game.

WHO SHOT

Miles -> double digit points in 6 straight games, including 2 20 point performances. 53 assists for 16 turnovers in the last 6 games as well as an A/TO ratio of 3.31.

Dara Mabrey is coming off a season-high 22 points at Wake Forest. It was his second 20-point effort of the season.

Maya Dodson is currently enjoying the best streak of her college career – 3 straight double-digit games, including two 20-point performances. She’s averaging 21.3 points in said streak on 31-of-55 shooting. So, she’s shooting 56.7% compared to her season average of 43.8%.

Dodson scored a career-high 28 points, including 12 in the 4th quarter at (RV) DePaul on Dec. 22, earning her ACC Player of the Week honors. In fact, she scored 10 straight points from 4:46 to 0:26 in the 4th, helping the Irish to a 91-86 road victory.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE DELIGHTS

The notes already mentioned how Olivia’s 6 double doubles rank 4th in the ACC, but now we’ll go a little deeper. His 6 also ranks 2nd among all Division I freshmen, behind DePaul’s Aneesah Morrow (11).

At Valpo on December 8, Miles notched a triple-double (11p/13r/13a) – 9th in program history – 7th different Irish player to do so – 2nd Irish freshman, joining Marina Mabrey.

Against Pitt on December 19, Miles became the 4th Irish player to record a double-double of 20+ points and 10+ assists – the other 3 were Skylar Diggins-Smith, Marina Mabrey and Jackie Young. Miles had 21 points, 11 assists, 6 rebounds and a career high 6 steals.

Now, where are Miles’ 6 double-doubles at ND and what is she chasing:

– Most by a guard in a season – Jackie Young (2018-19) – 12
– Most by a goalkeeper in his career – Jackie Young and Lindsay Schrader – 17
– Most by a freshman in a season – Shari Matvey (1979-80) – 15
– More in a Season – 19 – Jess Shepard and Natalie Achonwa

SHARING THE WEALTH AND EXECUTING

The Irish currently have 5 players with a double-digit average, which shows the depth of this year’s squad. Of all the Power-Five schools, only Syracuse and Maryland also average at least 5 double digits.

Notre Dame did a great job of spreading the wealth, leading the ACC and ranking 11th in the nation in assists/game (18.7). They have distributed more than 30 players twice this season.

Notre Dame is also ranked 17th nationwide in A/TO ratio (1.22), 21st in blocks/game (5.3), 19th in FG% with .459, 20th in rebound margin (9.1), 29th in rebounds/game (42.93), 28th in scoring margin (15.9) and 24th in scoring offense (77.3).

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