Notre Dame women’s basketball continues its brief two-game homestand with a Thursday night game against Florida State. The Fighting Irish will play their first match without Dara Mabreywho suffered a season-ending injury on Sunday.
Where: Notre Dame, Indiana – Purcell Pavilion
When: Thursday, January 26 – 8:00 pm EST
Grid: Regional Sports Network – Tom Werme and Fallon Stokes
Radio: ND Radio Network, 99.9 FM WQLQ in South Bend – Sean Stires PBP
Let’s see today’s matchup:
#7 FIGHTING IRISH FOR NOTRE DAME (16-2, 7-1 ACC)
Coach: niele ivey (50-21 – 3rd season at Notre Dame)
Notre Dame improved to 8-1 at home this season with Sunday’s 78-54 win over Virginia. sonia citron he led the Irish with 20 points, thanks in no small part to going 6-for-7 from 3-point range. He hit his first six 3-pointers before missing his final attempt in the fourth quarter. Citron just missed a double-double with a game-high nine rebounds. lauren ebó added 15 points from the bench, while olivia miles He scored 12 points and dished out seven assists.
The result was good news, but there was also plenty of bad news for the Irish on Sunday. Mabrey suffered a torn ACL and fractured tibial plateau in her right knee early in the game, spelling the end of the graduate student’s college career. Mabrey had started every game of his 135-game career, the first two at Virginia Tech and the last three at Notre Dame.
Projected Irish starting line-up
GRAM olivia miles– 5-10, Soph. – 15.6 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 7.1 APG
GRAM sonia citron – 6-1, 2nd grade: 13.6 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 2.1 APG
F kylee watson – 6-4, Jr – 6.6 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 17 BLK
F Maddy Westbeld – 6-3, Jr. – 10.4 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 26 BLK
*to be confirmed
#24 FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES (18-4, 7-2 ACC)
Coach: Brooke Wickoff (18-4 in first season at school, 28-13 in sophomore year overall)
Brooke Wickoff he will be the fourth first-year head coach Notre Dame has faced in the past five games. The Florida State alum played in the WNBA from 2001 to 2009 before returning to her alma mater as an assistant in 2011. Wyckoff led the Seminoles to the NCAA Tournament as interim head coach at FSU in the 2020-2021 season when the head coach sue semrau he took a year’s leave of absence. Wyckoff returned to her role as associate head coach last season and took over the program for good when Semrau stepped down last March.
The Seminoles are led by freshmen. Ta’Niyah Latson. The 5-8 guard leads the ACC with 23.6 points per game. He is 30 of 83 on 3-pointers and has made 142 of 163 (87%) from the free throw line. She has been named ACC Rookie of the Week nine out of a possible 11 times this season.
Projected Starting Lineup
GRAM Ta’Niyah Latson – Stats: 23.6 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 3.2 APG
F makayla timpson – Stats – 13.1 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 54 BLK
GRAM Sara Bejeda – Stats: 11.9 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 2.5 APG
F Erin Howard – Stats – 7.7 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.4 APG
GRAM Jasmine Massengill– Stats: 5.7, 4.5 RPG, 3.9 APG
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
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For the first time this season, Notre Dame will have to change its starting lineup after Mabrey’s season-ending injury. She had been part of Notre Dame’s starting five that started the team’s first 18 games together. Despite a recent drop in shooting, Mabrey also leads the Fighting Irish with 33 3-pointers made this season. Citron is the next closest with 24 after connecting on six against Virginia.
The most likely move is to KK Bransford to make his first career start. The freshman is currently averaging 7.9 points in 20.8 minutes. He has played in all 18 games, reaching double figures six times, including 10 on Sunday against UVA. Mid-Season Enrolled Cassandra Prosper you are also likely to see an increase in minutes. The 6-2 freshman has played in all seven possible games since he joined the team just after Christmas. He is averaging 3.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and 10.1 minutes per game.
The Seminoles and Irish are No. 1 and No. 2 in the ACC in scoring offense, averaging 85.8 and 79.7 points, respectively. But the Irish have the No. 3 scoring defense (58.0), while FSU is next to last in the conference with 66.9 points. Florida State’s best win is over No. 15/19 North Carolina. Their two ACC losses are to Boston College (in OT) and Louisville.
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