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Irish to start Niele Ivey era without five players

Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 6:40 PM EST
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - This Friday will be the first game of the Niele Ivey era at Notre Dame, and the new Irish head coach will be down five players.

Forwards Mikayla Vaughn and Nat Marshall are still recovering from ACL surgery.

Forward Sam Brunelle has a nagging injury that she is fighting through.

Plus, Irish guard Katlyn Gilbert and forward Amirah Abdur-Rahim are both listed as unavailable.

Obviously, this is not ideal for Ivey in her first game on Friday but she’s rolling with what players she does have available.

“We actually have more unavailable players than I would have liked going into my first game and starting the season,” Ivey said. “It’s a lot of [players] getting back healthy. There’s a couple with nagging injuries. There’s a couple with nagging injuries. I’m going with what I have. I am trying to focus in on the ones that are healthy. This is a deeper team than we’ve had in the past. That’s the beauty of this team. We have a lot of players that can play multiple positions.”

Ivey says all five of those players will be out on Friday against Ohio, and for the home opener on Sunday against Miami of Ohio.

Tip for Friday’s game against Ohio is at noon. The game will be streamed online on ESPN+.

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