The Three Point Play - 3 thoughts on Notre Dame’s 92-58 win over Northwestern

Coach Mabrey looked on as Mabrey hit a three to break Mabrey’s three point mark

At the 8:43 mark of the 2nd quarter, Dara Mabrey became Notre Dame’s three-point-shootingest player, swishing her 275th basket from behind the arc. With the make she eclipsed older sister Marina Mabrey’s career total while eldest sister and member of the Irish coaching staff, Michaela Mabrey, looked on from the Irish bench.

From 2015 through 2019, Marina made 274 threes (685 attempts) in an Irish uniform and holds the program record. Dara has 121 (323 attempts) in two plus seasons at Notre Dame and was 155 for 379 at Virginia Tech. Factoring Michaela’s 228, that’s 778 Mabrey triples and that’s, empirically, a lot.

Zesty Citron, Feisty Moments

If Sonia Citron is bluffing, you’ll never know it; she plays ball with a world class poker face. But don’t let the placid demeanor fool you…you’ll regret it. Citron will go off. Like she did in the 2nd quarter, when she ripped the game open with 14 points, going 5 for 5 from the floor. When it seemed like everyone else was losing their heads Sonia kept hers, stayed locked in, and simply, coolly, dominated.

Speaking of lost heads, three Northwestern players were ejected for leaving the bench during a dust up between ND’s Nat Marshall and Wildcat Hailey Weaver, who got teed up for their antics. Olivia Miles earned a tech too in the scuffle. The affair took the better part of fifteen minutes to sort out—seemingling long enough for Chicago attorneys in pinstripes to plead the case and a crooked Cook County judge to send the guilty parties down the river to Joliet.

Northwestern kept scrapping after losing two starters and an important sub, but the game was in hand for the Irish after the three of them got tossed…even when Miles herself was asked to depart the premises by the referees who issued her a second tech, this time for trash talk. A spicy night in Evanston.

Another Huge Recruiting Win

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is an easy mil. As such, may I offer you 5-star point guard and recent ND commit Hannah Hidalgo’s highlight reel? Here you go (via @Courtside Films.) A great coach once told me that players win games and coaches lose them. Between the portal and the recruiting trail, Ivey and her staff seem to be getting players who are going to win a bunch of games. Point Guard U in full effect.