Jackie Young’s game-high 22 points keyed Notre Dame’s 86-67 Sunday afternoon Senior Day win over visiting North Carolina State, giving the Lady Irish an Atlantic Coast Conference co-championship with Louisville.
It marked the fifth straight ACC championship and seventh straight conference title altogether for the Lady Irish, Big East champions their last two seasons in that league. Coach Muffet McGraw’s team will take a 27-2 overall record, including a 15-1 ACC log, into Friday’s conference tournament quarterfinals in the Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum.
ACC co-champion Louisville is the tourney’s No. 1 seed due to its 100-67 January 11 win over Notre Dame. As the No. 2-seeded team, the Lady Irish will play at 5 p.m. CST Friday vs. Thursday’s winner between Virginia and Wednesday’s Georgia Tech-Clemson winner.
No. 3-seeded Florida State is in the same half of the bracket as the Lady Irish. No. 4-seeded Duke is in Louisville’s half. Sunday’s championship game winner will gain an automatic berth in NCAA Tournament play; Notre Dame is certain to receive an at-large bid if beaten in the ACC tourney.
Young’s 22 Sunday points, as the Lady Irish dropped No. 21/22 North Carolina State to 22-7 and 11-5 records, came on 8-of-11 field shooting and 6-of-7 free throwing. All her field shots came from two-point range.
She also took six rebounds, dished five assists and made four steals. Her team-high five assists tied the Lady Wolfpack’s Aislinn Konig for the game-high, and her team-high four steals tied the visitors’ Kaila Ealey for game-high. Her six rebounds, same as teammates Arike Ogunbowale, Kathryn Westbeld and Kristina Nelson, were topped only by the seven of NC State’s Chelsea Nelson.
The former Princeton Community standout will take averages of 14.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 3.65 assists and 1.55 steals into the ACC tourney.