No. 5 Notre Dame women rout Clemson 90-37
Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw says she believes the momentum of her team’s biggest comeback ever — along with the memory of a bruising loss — helped boost the fifth-ranked Irish to their latest win.
Arike Ogunbowale and Jackie Young each scored 23 points as Notre Dame shot 62 percent Sunday in routing Clemson 90-37.
Fresh off their rally from a 23-point deficit to beat No. 6 Tennessee 84-70 on Thursday, the Irish never were in trouble. That victory came a week after Notre Dame lost 100-67 at then-No. 3 Louisville.
Clemson: Coming in, the Tigers led the ACC and were 11th nationally in field-goal defense at 34.6 percent. They also were second in the ACC and 20th nationally in scoring defense at 55.9 points per game. But those totals took a big hit as Notre Dame hit 21 of 31 first-half shots (68 percent).
Notre Dame: The Irish won their 19th straight game in the Purcell Pavilion, where they are 460-92, by dominating the first half. They had 14 assists on their 21 first-half baskets, had 10 steals and committed just one foul. Notre Dame, which improved to 68-3 since joining the ACC, plays its next two league games on the road.
Several players were pushing for the Cavaliers’ management and coaching staff to hold Love accountable for leaving the arena before the end of Saturday’s game, and then missing Sunday’s practice, league sources told ESPN.
The meeting was loud and intense, only calming down once Love spoke to those gathered in the room and explained himself, league sources said.
Rather than dwell on Cleveland’s historically poor defensive performance Saturday against the Thunder, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue decided against showing his team the game tape from the blowout loss and simply went back to work on the court Sunday.
Playoffs? After the Cavs suffered another blowout loss Saturday, LeBron James tabbed his struggling team not ready and cautioned, We could easily get bounced early if the postseason started today.