No. 7 Notre Dame holds off Clemson 84-80
Friday Feb 17, 2017 12:00am
(CLEMSON, SC) - This was a win Notre Dame's Marina Mabrey wanted to forget, no matter how many points she scored. Mabrey scored 24 of her career-high 29 points in the second half to help the seventh-ranked Fighting Irish hold off stubborn Clemson 84-80 on Thursday night. Despite her milestone, Notre Dame's eighth straight win or the Irish moving into first place alone in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Mabrey was distressed about her team's focus down the stretch. Mabrey surpassed her previous career best of 27, set in a win over Louisiana-Lafayette in November. Arike Ogunbowale had 15 points and Lindsay Allen 11 for the Fighting Irish. They left with first place in the ACC despite the closer-than- expected win. Florida State, tied with Notre Dame coming in, lost at Virginia 60-51. Nelly Perry had a career best 24 points to lead Clemson. Kobi Thornton added 20 points, also a career best. Notre Dame's Brianna Turner finished with just nine points, only the third time this season she was held under double digits.