Irish starting five make NCAA history

CHICAGO (WNDU) - Somewhat lost in all the excitement of Notre Dame's Elite Eight win Monday is a tidbit of history the team made.

During Monday’s game against Stanford, the Notre Dame starting five became the first team in NCAA history to score 10,000 career points.

That's for both men's and women's teams.

The starting five of Arike Ogunbowale, Jackie Young, Marina Mabrey, Brianna Turner and Jess Shepard now have a total of 10,068 points to their names.

But that feat isn't a surprise to the team. They credit the program and coaches for putting them in this position.

“We have five all-Americans on the court at a time,” Irish forward Jess Shepard said. “Any given day, someone can go off for more than 30 points. I think it just shows our willingness to play together and just the position the coaches put us in to be successful.”

“Honestly, I feel like all of us have worked so hard on our individual game and are just such strong personalities, so I'm not surprised at that number,” Irish guard Marina Mabrey said. “I'm really happy to be a part of it, but we just want to win.”