Notre Dame women make 10th straight Sweet 16 trip

By Andre HollisBy Andre Hollis
Staff Writer

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The Notre Dame Women's Basketball Team will make its 10th straight appearance in the Sweet 16 after a dominant win over Michigan State. 

In the second round of the NCAAW Tournament, Notre Dame won on its own turf 91-63 of MSU. Irish forward Brianna Turner recorded a 14 point, 11 rebound double-double to become the ND leader in rebounds. 

The Michigan State starters only combined for 25 points from three players, while Arike Ogunbowale scored 23 for Notre Dame. Four ND starters landed double digit scoring, Jessica Shepard, Jackie Young, Turner and Ogunbowale. 

Notre Dame (32-3), the number 1 seed, ran away with the game with a 14-0 run to end the first half. The defending National Champions controlled the post on both ends, winning both offensive and defensive rebounds. ND was up 26 points at the half, 52-26. Sydney Cooks and Shay Colley brought the same energy as they had in the Spartan's win over Central Michigan, but ND's big four kept them from finding success. 

Notre Dame made 47.9 percent of its shots, including 30.8 from outside the circle and 68 from the foul line. Dwarfed in comparison, Michigan State shot 37.3 percent, 26.3 for three-pointers and 61.5 percent of free throws. 

Ogunbowale now has over 2,500 career points at Notre Dame. She is the first to do so in history at Notre Dame. MSU's loss was its worst in school tournament history. 

The Irish have beaten its last 11 opponents by 29.8 ppg, and will look to do so again against 4-seed Texas A&M in Chicago Saturday. A&M (29-7) won 78-76 from a clutch 3 over Marquette. 



ND: 25 27 21 18

MSU: 14 12 17 20 


MSU: L. ALLEN 5 0 2/3 12; N. CLOUDEN 0 2 2/4 8; S. COLLEY 2 0 1/2 5; N. HOLLIE 1 0 1/2 3; S. COOKS 7 1 0/0 17; K/ BELLES 5 0 0/0 10.


ND: J. SHEPARD 9 0 1/2 19; B. TURNER 5 0 4/5 14; M. MABREY 1 0 0/0 2; A. OGUNBOWALE 6 2 5/6 23; J. YOUNG6 1 6/921.


Lady Irish, Ogunbowale 

suppress Bethune-Cookman


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame’s women Basketball team came in as a top seed for the NCAAW tournament, and cemented their spot with a 92-50 win over Bethune-Cookman. 

The first round of the tournament saw 23 points from Irish guard Arike Ogunowale and a 22 point, 13 rebound double-double from Jessica Shepard. 

Notre Dame (15-1 at home) made 54.5 percent of its shots, 36-66. Compared to BC’s 26.7 percent, the Irish compiler a highlight reel for the remainder of the games. 

“March Madness is the most fun time of the year and it’s the last go around for us seniors,” Ogunbowale said. “We don’t want to leave anything behind. No regrets.”

The Lady Irish move on to the second round of the NCAAW tournament, and will take on Michigan State. MSU took out Central Michigan in an 88-87 shootout to advance. Notre Dame’s 31-3 schedule overshadows the Lady Spartans’ 21-11 season, 

Notre Dame was on the board with six points before Angel Golden landed a three-point shot for the Lady Wildcats. Golden was responsible for 25 points, the most of any player in the game. She went 6-20 from outside the arc, but Bethune-Cookman only made nine of its 3s out of 34 shots. 

Ogunbowale and Irish teammate Jackie Young combined for 5 three-pointers, adding up to 5/10.

A short run brought BC to to 1 7-9 deficit, the closest it would come to Notre Dame. The end of the first quarter saw a 29-12 Irish lead. 

The second quarter saw even more dominance from the home team. BC scored seven in the period, while Notre Dame added 22. 

“Their starting five’s size is about the size of our men’s starting five,” Lady Wildcats coach Vanessa Blair-Lewis said. “It was tough for us to get the ball inside to any of our players.”


Notre Dame 92, Bethune-Cookman 50



ND: 29 22 23 18

BC: 12 7 16 15


ND: J. SHEPARD 9 0 4/4 22; B. TURNER 8 0 3/4 19; A. OGUNBOWALE 6 2 5/5 23; J. YOUNG 3 1 2/2 11

BC: C. BROWN 0 0 2/2 2; A. SCOTT 3 0 0/0 6; A. BALL 0 1 0/0 3; C. HARRIS 1 1 0/0 5; A. GOLDEN 1 6 5/7 25


Michigan State wins shootout in NCAAW first round


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Lady Spartan Shay Colley saved her team’s post-season run with a last second layup for the 88-87 win over Central Michigan. 

With three minutes left on the clock, the two teams were tied with 80 on the scoreboard. The Chippewas struck first but Colley quickly made a field goal to bring the tie to 82. They traded two-pointers again until CMU’s Presley Hudson landed a shot outside the circle. Colley went to the post from the right side of the lane for the final basket of the game, the one that put MSU ahead. 

Micaela Kelly took a shot of redemption with a second on the clock with no success. 

“We were looking for a bucket to win the game and coach trusted me to make that last play and I did,” Colley said after the win. 

“It was probably a very entertaining game for our fans to watch,” Michigan State head coach Suzy Merchant said. “As coaches, we could have probably used a little bit more span of a victory.”

Central Michigan (25-8)  and Michigan State ( 21-11) were the eighth and ninth seed respectively.

Three of Central Michigan’s shooters, Hudson, Kelly and Reyna Frost combined for 78 of the teams 87 points. Hudson shot 8-17 for 20 points and Kelly went 8-17, 24 points. Frost led the game with 34 points. 

MSU were flawless from the foul line, draining all 11 of its shots. The Spartans led throughout the game, going up 25-20 at the end of the first quarter. Taryn McCutcheon got hot with three straight 3’s to get25. Central Michigan then scored seven straight to get back in the game.

The second period barely went to Central Michigan. While MSU still led at half, 43-40, CMU scored 20 to MSU’s 18.

The Chipewas’ 26 point fourth quarter kept Michigan State from running away with the game. 

MSU now takes on Notre Dame, the top seed of the Chicago Region. 


MSU 88, CMU 87



MSU: 25 15 23 22

CMU: 20 20 21 26


CMU:  J. SMITH 1 0 0/0 2; R. FROST 15 1 1/1 34; P. HUDSON 6 2 2/2 20; M. KELLY 4 4 4/5 24; K. BUSSELL 2 1 0/0 7.

MSU: V. GAINES 4 0 0/0 8; J. ALLEN 3 0 4/4 10 N. CLOUDEN 4 1 5/5 16; S. COLLEY 5 1 0/0 13; T. MCCUTCHEON 0 4 0/0 12; S. COOKS 9 1 0/0 21; M. COOK 3 0 2/2 8.