Bimini, Bahamas – In its first four games of the season, the Notre Dame women’s basketball team was barely tested. That didn’t change on Thursday, as the Fighting Irish (5-0) cruised to a 90-65 win over American University (0-4) at the Goombay Splash Tournament in the Bahamas.
Olivia Miles led a balanced offense with 19 points. She also had 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double in five games this season. She was one of five different double-figure Irish players. The Irish continued to play better in every game of the young season.
‘That’s what we’re looking for’, Irish assistant coach Charel Allen told the Notre Dame Radio Network after the lopsided victory. “Things we focus on in training, we try to carry over to games. We don’t want to play our best basketball right now, so there’s room for improvement, which is great, but come March we want to be as sharp as possible.
Sonia Lemon scored 17 points. She was just 3 of 11 from the field, but conceded at the free throw line at 11 of 12.
“Her field goal percentage isn’t there, but she did a good job getting to the free throw line,” Allen said. “No one can stay ahead of her and she ran from the free throw line, 11 for 12. I mean those are easy points.
Citron’s night helped Notre Dame go 28 for 41 on the line. The high-percentage day on the line made up for the 10 assists for the season the Irish had as a team.
“We just felt like we could dribble past them and get to the foul line,” Allen commented. “I wish I could have done a little more.”
The Fighting Irish also managed to force 16 turnovers. Led by three freshman interceptions KK Bransfordwho scored in double figures for a second straight game with 12 points, Notre Dame scored 15 points on turnovers and also had an early 23-3 advantage over the Eagles.
“I felt like our best offense is our transition,” Allen said. “It stems from our defence. So, I felt like sometimes we could have played better defense and probably scored a lot more. So focus now on defense and go from there.”
Oregon Transfer Kylee Watson led the front court with a solid 10 points and eight rebounds. She and Texas transfer Lauren Ebo took turns picking each other up.
“It’s our identity on offense,” Allen remarked. “If you focus on Olivia, (Lemon) will intensify. If you focus on (Lemon), Kylee will grow. Even with Mady (Westbeld) and Dara (Mabrey). I feel like we’re hard to keep. Now we are tightening up on the defensive side.
Mabrey finished with 15 points, thanks in part to three 3-pointers in a game that saw many Irish families flock to Bimini, Bahamas over Thanksgiving weekend.
“I know a lot of the player’s relatives are here so it’s good to see they can spend time with their family as well,” Allen said. “So we are their extended family, but we love them as much as we can and then go for a win. It’s the ultimate thing. The ultimate goal is to win, and it’s a great Thanksgiving gift if we’re allowed to give gifts.
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The Irish will close their weekend in the Bahamas against Arizona State on Saturday afternoon.
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