Young scores 1,000th career point for Notre Dame

Michael Caterina/South Bend Tribune Notre Dame’s Jackie Young (5) smiles as she is announced to have scored 1,000 career points during the Pitt at Notre Dame NCAA women’s basketball game Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 at Purcell Pavilion in South Bend.

Jackie Young doesn't lack accomplishments during her time on the basketball court.

She was as decorated as they come during her high school career at Princeton, winning Indiana's Miss Basketball award after scoring more points than any boy or girl in state history. Now in her junior season at Notre Dame, she has another chapter to add to her illustrious story.

During Thursday's game against Pitt, Young scored 16 points, good enough to catapult her to over 1,000 for her career with Muffet Mcgraw's Fighting Irish. In doing so, she became the 40th player in the accomplished history of the Notre Dame program to hit that mark.

She is now the fifth player on the current Notre Dame team to reach the threshold, joining fellow starters Jessica Shepard, Brianna Turner, Marina Mabrey and Arike Ogunbowale. The Fighting Irish are one of two teams who can say they have five current players over 1,000 career points.

As for the game, Notre Dame dominated from the beginning. Young hit her 1,000th point after scoring three early baskets in the first quarter. The Fighting Irish led 32-10 after the frame, and expanded that to 60-14 by the halftime break. Young played just 20 minutes, as her and the rest of Notre Dame's key players built up enough of a lead to not require critical minutes down the stretch.

Young added six rebounds and two assists to her 16 points Thursday. The Fighting Irish were led by Mabrey's 20 points and Ogunbowale's 18 points. Shepard had 11 rebounds in just 18 minutes in the victory.

Following the 100-44 win over the visiting Panthers, No. 2 Notre Dame now sits 1-0 in ACC play and 13-1 overall. They'll be in action next on Sunday, when they take a trip to Georgia Tech as they continue conference play. They could also seem themselves rise back to No. 1 in the country, as UConn lost to No. 8 Baylor 68-57 Thursday night.

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