The 20th-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish knocked off No. 3 NC State 69-66 on Tuesday. It’s the first top-five win of Niele Ivey’s head coaching career.
It’s also Notre Dame’s first win at home against a top-five team since Arike Ogunbowale led the Irish past Louisville in a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup during the 2018-19 season.
.@ndwbb leaves it all on the floor to beat NC State 69-66 🔥 pic.twitter.com/VsheYbSIFy— Just Women’s Sports (@justwsports) February 2, 2022
.@ndwbb leaves it all on the floor to beat NC State 69-66 🔥 pic.twitter.com/VsheYbSIFy
Ivey, who played college basketball for the Irish from 1997-2001, was named head coach of the team in 2020 after the retirement of Muffet McGraw.
“Oh my gosh, (it’s) euphoria for me,” Ivey said of the win. “That was an amazing win to be able to beat NC State, one of the best teams in the country. I’m just so proud of this group. It was a huge challenge.”
Notre Dame was up by as much as 12 with 7:35 remaining in the game. But the Wolfpack fought back, pulling to within two with 1:42 to go.
NC State, who is the third-ranked 3-point shooting team in the country at 39.9 percent, managed just 25 percent from beyond the arc on Tuesday. Notre Dame also managed to out rebound the Wolfpack 45-38, recording 18 second-chance points. The Irish matched a season low with eight turnovers against a team that is causing 15.6 per game.
Maya Dodson led the Irish with 20 points and 10 rebounds. She was joined by Olivia Miles who had 13 points and six rebounds.
Diamond Johnson had 16 points for the Wolfpack, while Elissa Cunane added 13 points and seven rebounds.
NC State will look to rebound against Florida State on Thursday, while the Irish are back in action against Virginia Tech.