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Fast start propels Notre Dame to 90-65 victory over Americans – Notre Dame Fighting Irish – Official Athletics Website

Karen & Kevin Keyes Family head coach Niele Ivey delivered about as even a performance as you can get from their starters in Thursday’s 90-65 win over American (0-4) in the 2022 Goombay Splash.

The seventh Irishman went 5-0 with the Thanksgiving win, and it was a dominant first half that undoubtedly made the competition for Notre Dame. The Irish outplayed the Eagles 26-11 in the first quarter, holding them to just 26.7 percent from the ground and adding 26 more points in the second half. The biggest lead of the game was 28 points at 3:44 left in the second half.

For the third time in four games, the team had at least five players with 10+ points, four of them starters. The Irish went into the night averaging 91.3 points per game (first in the ACC and fourth nationally) and Thursday’s 90-point performance didn’t change that much.

“I’m so grateful to be able to spend Thanksgiving in the Bahamas with family, friends and this team,” Ivey said after the game. “I loved the balance we showed tonight with five players in double figures. Olivia [Miles] and Sonya [Citron] were solid and KK [Bransford] had double digit points for the second game in a row.”

Miles led the Irish with 19 points and 10 rebounds in her fourth double-double of the year. All 10 boards were at the defensive end of the court. Miles is now averaging 16.6 points per game, placing fifth in the ACC as of Thursday night.

Bransford continues to impress with 12 points and a career-high six buckets. The 5-11 guard comes off a 16-point performance against Ball State on Sunday.

Notre Dame meets Arizona State (4-0) on Saturday to end the Goombay Splash. The Sun Devils earned a narrow overtime victory (83-77) over New Mexico on November 20. They came out of goal hot, going 9-16 from the field to start ahead of the slow second and third quarters. Notre Dame’s takeaway from this game is the state of Arizona can score, and they can score quickly, and they don’t give up. The Irish have struggled to finish games in 2021-22 and Ivey has highlighted improvements in that area this season. So far so good as the Irish beat their opponents 104-87 in the fourth quarter of this year.

Players to keep an eye on for Arizona State include Tyi Skinner, top scorer and Delaware transfer, who is averaging 19.0 points per game but shooting just 36.8 percent from the field. Guard Treasure Hunt is a double-double machine with 13.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. She’s a transfer from Kentucky.

Notre Dame and Arizona State have met four times, and the series is tied at two wins apiece. The last duel came in the second round of the 2014 NCAA tournament and the Irish won 84-67. The ND-ASU game will also stream on FloHoops and begin Saturday at 4:15 p.m. ET.

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