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  • Notre Dame guard Arike Ogunbowale (24) shoots over Michigan forward Jillian Dunston (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 7:55 pm

No. 3 Notre Dame routs No. 22 Michigan 83-63

NOAH TRISTER | Associated Press

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Arike Ogunbowale scored 20 of her 32 points in the first half, and No. 3 Notre Dame remained undefeated with an 83-63 victory over No. 22 Michigan on Wednesday night.

The Irish (7-0) earned another impressive win heading into their showdown with No. 1 UConn this weekend. Notre Dame held Michigan star Katelynn Flaherty to 13 points on 5-of-18 shooting. It was the first time all season she scored fewer than 20.

Jackie Young added 18 points and 14 rebounds for Notre Dame, which was coming off a win over defending national champion South Carolina last weekend. The Irish have played their last six games away from home.

Hallie Thome scored 24 points for Michigan (4-2). Flaherty had a career-high eight assists on a night when open shots were hard to come by.

Notre Dame led 24-13 after the first quarter. Michigan cut the lead to five on a layup by Thome, but Ogunbowale made a pair of 3-pointers to help the Irish to a 39-30 lead. It was 43-34 at halftime and 62-49 after three quarters. Notre Dame then started the fourth with a 14-2 run to break the game open.

Ogunbowale tied her career high in scoring. She also had 32 points against Ohio State in March.

BIG PICTURE

Notre Dame: The Irish had to rally from double-digit deficits in wins over Oregon State and South Carolina, but Notre Dame avoided that type of hole against Michigan. The Irish began the game with 5-foot-11 Marina Mabrey guarding the 5-7 Flaherty, and that worked well in helping Notre Dame to a fast start.

Michigan: The Wolverines were at their best during a second-quarter stretch in which Flaherty did less of the shooting. Flaherty and Thome are the only Michigan players averaging over 10 points a game, so the question is whether the Wolverines have enough balance to beat top teams that can defend Flaherty well.

UP NEXT

Notre Dame: The Irish take on UConn on Sunday.

Michigan: The Wolverines play at LIU Brooklyn on Saturday.

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