No. 9 Notre Dame uses balanced attack to beat Cal

St. LOUIS (AP) — Dara Mabry led a balanced attack with 16 points and tied the school record for 3-pointers, and No. 9 Notre Dame defeated California 90-79 in the inaugural Shamrock Classic on Saturday.

The game, the first women’s matchup broadcast on NBC, highlighted the coaches, Niele Ivey of Notre Dame and Charmin Smith of Cal, who grew up and played in St. Louis.

Kylee Watson added 15 points and Sonia Citron had 14 for the Irish (2-0). Sophomore Olivia Miles had her 11th double-double with 13 points and 10 assists. Maddie Westbeld was the fifth starter in double figures with 12.

Jayda Curry hit four 3-pointers and scored 24 points for the Bears (1-1) and Mia Mastrow added 10.

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When Mabrey hit a 3-pointer from the right wing to open the second half scoring, the Irish led 49-37 and she tied her sister Marina, who finished playing in 2019, with 274 career triples. Her layup a minute layer took the lead up to 14.

Mastrov closed the third quarter with four straight free throws and the Bears scored the first two buckets of the fourth to close within 62-59. Curry hit a 3-pointer at 7:19 to cut the deficit to three and her three-point play at 3:40 made it a six-point game.

But the Irish were 20 of 24 from the foul line in the fourth — 30 of 36 for the game — to ease away from Cal.

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Great picture

Cal: The Bears’ prowess in battling back into the game and a preconference schedule void of other Power-5 teams should serve them well when they open Pac-12 conference play against No. 2 Stanford and No. 19 Arizona.

Notre Dame: Balance and depth will help the Irish, who committed 28 fouls. Two players fell out and three more finished with four. Three reserves played 15 minutes or more and combined for 20 points. … Irish assistant coach Michaela Mabrey finished her playing career in 2016 with 228 3-pointers, a number her younger sister eclipsed.

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Come home

Ivey hasn’t been to the Enterprise Center since the Irish won the national championship there in 2001. Her team practices at her high school Core Jesus Academy and visits the Boys & Girls Club where she began her basketball career.

Smith played at Ladue Horton Watkins.

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Jackie Joyner-Kersee, an Olympic gold medal heptathlete and a St. Louis Born, attended the game and was at the women’s leadership luncheon on Friday.


Cal is home against Idaho on Wednesday.

Notre Dame plays at Northwestern on Wednesday.


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