New face makes home debut in ND’s blowout of Boston College

Published: Jan. 2, 2023 at 12:50 AM EST
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - In just her second game with the team, Irish early enrollee Cass Prosper put up seven points and a game-high nine rebounds as No. 5 Notre Dame steamrolled its first opponent of the calendar year, Boston College, 85-48.

Prosper joined Coach Niele Ivey at the postgame podium, along with fellow freshman KK Bransford, who tied for the team scoring lead with 17 points. Bransford was also 5-for-5 from the field.

Olivia Miles and Sonia Citron were their usual stat sheet-stuffing selves, putting up a combined 32 points on 14-for-19 shooting along with six rebounds apiece. Miles also recorded five assists; Citron had four.

“To start off the New Year in this fashion is just dream,” Ivey said. “I’m super proud of this group and their energy. I felt like the team was focused. I just felt like we dominated today, and that’s the way that we want to play.”

Ivey also had a lot of praise for the defense, which held the Eagles (11-5, 1-2 ACC) to only 16 points at halftime.

“I think our defensive mindset has shifted this season, and I love it,” Ivey said. I’m just happy that everyone is taking individual pride to stop the ball — getting deflections, getting on the floor for loose balls — and we want to continue growing that.”

Meanwhile, Boston College went 0-for-9 from three-point range, marking the first time an Irish opponent has failed to hit a three since 2015.

The Irish (12-1, 3-0 ACC) now have a full week until their next game — a Jan. 8 road game against North Carolina.