Right from the get-go Thursday night in South Bend, it was obvious the UNC women’s basketball team was in for a rough night against No. 5 Notre Dame.
The Fighting Irish (21-2, 9-1 ACC) took the lead 30 seconds into the game, built a 15-point lead after the first quarter, extended it to 30 by halftime and cruised the rest of the way to a 94-62 victory over the Tar Heels (14-8, 4-5 ACC).
Jamie Cherry led UNC with 15 points, while Paris Kea added 13 and freshman forward Janelle Bailey notched another double-double by posting 11 points and 10 rebounds.
It would not be anywhere near enough to keep up with the high-powered Notre Dame offense, however, as the Fighting Irish got a game-high 25 points from guard Marina Mabry and 24 points from Arike Ogunbowale.
Notre Dame also shot 51 percent from the floor and forced the Tar Heels into a whopping 22 turnovers–dominating the game in just about every facet.
The Tar Heels will look to rebound on Sunday when they host Miami at Carmichael Arena. That game is set to begin at 2 p.m.
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