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  • Associated Press Notre Dame's Arike Ogunbowale drives on Miami's Shaneese Bailey during the first half Thursday.

Friday, January 05, 2018 1:00 am

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Irish women hold off Miami

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SOUTH BEND – Marina Mabrey knew Arike Ogunbowale would come through eventually for No. 2 Notre Dame against upset-minded Miami.

Mabrey scored 14 of her 21 points in the first half while Ogunbowale went 28 minutes without a field goal, and the Irish outlasted the Hurricanes 83-76 on Thursday night.

“I don't worry about Arike hitting shots because they are eventually going to go in,” Mabrey said.

It was a long wait. Ogunbowale hit her first shot and then missed her next 12. But it was Ogunbowale's rebound basket and following free throw with 7:28 remaining that eventually gave Notre Dame breathing room at 62-57 over the Hurricanes.

“Hey, shooters have to shoot,” Ogunbowale joked.

Jessica Shepard had 12 points, Jackie Young added 11 and Kathryn Westbeld scored 10 for the Irish (14-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). Miami (11-4, 1-1 ACC) got a career-high 24 points from Erykah Davenport on 12-of-19 shooting, many of them layups.

The lead changed nine times and the game was tied eight times, including 55-55 at the end of the third quarter.

“Marina made some big shots in the first half, but I thought that lay-in Arike got late in the game was the winning basket,” Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said.

No. 10 OHIO STATE 91, MINNESOTA 75: In Columbus, Ohio, Stephanie Mavunga scored 25 points, and Kelsey Mitchell added 21 to lead the Buckeyes.

Mavunga hit 11 of her 15 shots and grabbed five rebounds before leaving the game with 7:49 left. Minnesota turned the ball over 17 times, leading to 18 Ohio State points.

Ohio State (13-2, 2-0 Big Ten) won its seventh in a row. Minnesota (12-4, 1-2) lost its second in a row.


No. 1 MICHIGAN STATE 91, MARYLAND 61: In East Lansing, Michigan, Miles Bridges had 15 points, seven assists, six rebounds and two blocks to lead the Spartans.

Michigan (15-1, 3-0 Big Ten) went on a 15-0 run late in the first half to take control and led 44-32 at halftime. The Spartans built 30-plus point cushions in the second half by diving for loose balls, playing tough defense and finishing with a season-high 16 3-pointers.

Spartans freshman Jaren Jackson had 15 points, three blocks and two steals. Nick Ward had 16 points and two blocks. Cassius Winston had 10 points and eight assists before fouling out for the Spartans.

Anthony Cowman scored 26 points, and Kevin Huerter added 16 for Maryland (13-4, 2-2), which saw its seven-game winning streak snapped.