Mabrey, Ogunbowale help No. 2 Notre Dame survive Miami

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Marina Mabrey scored 21 points, Arike Ogunbowale had 20 despite struggling from the field and No. 2 Notre Dame survived an upset bid by Miami in an 83-76 victory on Thursday night.

Jessica Shepard had 12 points, Jackie Young added 11 and Kathryn Westbeld scored 10 for the Irish (14-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Ogunbowale hit her first shot and then missed her next 12, going 28 minutes without a basket, before scoring on a rebound and hitting a free throw for a 62-57 Irish lead with 7:28 to play. Notre Dame led the rest of the way.

Erykah Davenport scored 24 points but just two in the final quarter for Miami (11-4, 1-1 ACC). Emes Hof had 14 points and Shanese Bailey had 13 for the Hurricanes.

Mabrey scored 14 first-half points as the Irish fought through poor shooting to take a 40-36 halftime lead. Miami started the game with a 14-3 run before Notre Dame battled back with the help of 10 Hurricane turnovers. The Irish shot 37.8 percent (14 of 37) in the half.

The second half began with Notre Dame committing three turnovers and Miami hitting its first five shots to forge a 46-45 lead. Davenport had 14 points in the quarter as the lead seesawed until a 6-0 run gave the Irish a 55-50 advantage with 3:57 remaining. But Miami closed with a 5-0 run to send the game into the fourth quarter tied.


The Irish played without point guard Lili Thompson, a graduate transfer from Stanford who became the team's fourth player to suffer a serious knee injury when she tore the ACL in her right knee during Sunday's win over Wake Forest. She will miss the rest of the season. Others with season-ending ACL injuries since September are forwards Brianna Turner and Mikayla Vaughn and guard Mychal Johnson, leaving coach Muffet McGraw with seven scholarship players and three walk-ons.

"It's certainly an unprecedented situation in my career," McGraw said.

In 14 games, Thompson averaged 5.9 points, a team-best 1.6 steals and 4.6 assists.


Miami: The Hurricanes, who own one of the two victories by ACC teams over the Irish since Notre Dame joined the league in 2013, shot 50 percent in the first half (16 of 32). With a 51-48 defeat Dec. 31 against then-No. 14 Duke, coach Katie Meier's team could be sleeper if it cleans up its shortcomings.

Notre Dame: Inconsistent shooting could come back to haunt the Irish, who rely on Ogunbowale's 20.5 points per game.


Miami: Hosts Wake Forest Sunday.

Notre Dame: Visits Georgia Tech Sunday.