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Jan. 29, 2017

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Notre Dame improves to 20-3, 8-1 ACC while Virginia falls to 14-7, 3-5 ACC

Junior guard J’Kyra Brown was in the starting lineup for the second time this season, replacing junior guard Aliyah Huland El. It was just the second time this season the Cavaliers deviated from their normal starting five.

Brown had 11 points at halftime on 5-of-9 shooting. She finished the game with 14 points.

Freshman guard Jocelyn Willoughby led the team in scoring (16 points) and rebounding (9 rebounds). She was 7-of-11 shooting, 1-of-1 from three and 1-of-1 from the free throw line. Willoughby scored 10 of her points in the second half.

Willoughby also had four assists and four steals.

The Cavaliers had four players finish the game in double figures, the first time that happened since the Louisville game on Jan. 5th.

Junior forward Lauren Moses scored 14 points with eight rebounds.

Senior guard Breyana Mason scored 12 points with 7 rebounds and six assists. Mason scored all 12 of her points in the second half.

After falling behind 19-10 in the first quarter, UVA went on a 7-0 run, capped by a three-pointer from sophomore forward Moné Jones. The Cavaliers held the Irish scoreless for 4:46 until Marina Mabrey hit a trey with 29 seconds remaining in the period, UND’s sixth of the quarter.

Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale started the game by hitting three-straight three-pointers. The Irish made their first seven three-point attempts, not missing from long range until the 6:09 mark of the second quarter.

The Cavaliers twice pulled to within one in the first half, including a jumper from Brown with 6:26 remaining, but the Irish answered with a 9-0 run to go up by double-digits for the first time in the game.

Virginia tied the game, 44-44, on a three-pointer from freshman guard Jocelyn Willoughby with 7:02 remaining in the third quarter. It was only her eighth made-three of the season.

The Cavaliers’ 8-0 run to start the second half spanned 3:07. The UVA defense forced three turnovers and held the Irish to 0-of-3 shooting in that span.

Cavaliers started the fourth quarter with back-to-back and-ones from Mason and Moses. Add in a buzzer-beating jumper by Mason to end the third quarter that gave UVA another 8-0 run.

Mason hit a three-pointer with 6:57 remaining to tie the game 63-63. After a Willoughby jumper with 6:23 remaining, Virginia went 5:42 without a field goal, but a three-pointer from Jones with 41 seconds remaining made it a four-point game.

Notre Dame leads the all-time series 4-2 and are 4-0 against the Cavaliers in ACC contests. UVA is 0-2 playing at Notre Dame.

Notre Dame held a 40-37 edge in rebounding. The Cavaliers grabbed 14 offensive rebounds, scoring 11 second-chance points. Notre Dame only scored three second-chance points.

The Irish outscored UVA 30-16 in the paint.

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