SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Arike Ogunbowale led five Notre Dame players in double figures with 24 points, hitting six of eight from beyond the arc, as the No. 4 Fighting Irish routed Virginia 103-66 on Sunday for their sixth straight victory.
But it was junior Jackie Young who stole the show on Senior Day, coming off the bench for a triple-double. She had 22 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists as the Irish (27-3, 14-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their eighth straight regular-season conference title (the first two in the Big East). They will be the No. 1 seed and receive a bye for this week’s ACC Tournament in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Brianna Turner had 21 points with six rebounds, four blocks, three steals and three assists for Notre Dame, and Jessica Shepard had 19 points and eight rebounds. Marina Mabrey finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and eight assists as the Irish passed the century mark for the seventh time on 55.1 percent shooting and 28 assists on 38 field goals.
Jocelyn Willoughby scored 19 points and Lisa Jablonowski added 17 for Virginia (11-18, 5-11), which was held to 32.5 percent shooting.
Young had a triple-double earlier this season at Tennessee and missed another by two rebounds last week in a 98-68 victory at Syracuse. She started the game on the bench as coach Muffet McGraw elected to start an all-senior lineup that included walk-on Maureen Butler.
The Irish started with a 12-0 run — their 38th streak of 10 points or more this season — en route to a 16-2 lead at the 6:40 mark and used 60 percent shooting to take a 29-16 first-quarter lead. They had four players in double figures by halftime, when they led 53-33.
Notre Dame hit nine of its first 12 shots of the third quarter, with Young making a 3-pointer with 3:40 left to give the Irish a 30-point lead, 70-40. She then grabbed her ninth rebound and dished out her ninth assist as Mabrey hit a 3-pointer that gave the Irish an 83-47 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Virginia: The Cavaliers, dressing just eight players, were held to 27.3 shooting in the first half by the Irish. But they managed a 15-10 edge in second-chance points because of their scrappiness underneath, getting 15 offensive boards. They finished with 20 out of 37 rebounds.
Notre Dame: The Irish were their most productive in bench scoring with 27 points, including 22 by normal starter Young. They outscored Virginia 42-34 in the paint but only 7-4 on fast-break points despite their 28 assists.
Virginia: First-round game Wednesday in ACC Tournament.
Notre Dame: Quarterfinal game Friday in ACC Tournament.