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Game 13: against (RV) DePaul (11-2)
When: Wednesday, December 22 | 8:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. CT
Or: Chicago | Wintrust Arena
Look: FS1
Listen: 99.9WQLQ-FM | ND radio network
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Social: @NDWBB

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The No. 21/18 Notre Dame women’s basketball team (9-2) seeks the No. 10 win of the season when the Pittsburgh Panthers (8-3) come to town for a Sunday morning inside of the Purcell Pavilion. The Dec. 19 board is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET, with the game streaming on ACCNX. Additionally, Frank Sinatra tribute artist Gary Sacco will perform at Sunday’s game.

The Irish are 30-4 against Pitt and have never lost to the Panthers at home, with an unblemished 14-0 record. Moreover, the Irish are already 1-0 in ACC play, having beaten Syracuse on the road in Game 3 of the season.

SENSATION FIRST YEAR DUO

Notre Dame has not just one, but two super freshmen who will be the building blocks for years to come.

Citron is one of three freshmen nationwide to average at least 12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal — she’s the only one to come from a Power-Five school. Breaking it down even further – there are only 2 players in the entire country (of any class) who feature those numbers off the bench: NC State’s Citron and Diamond Johnson. She’s also a defensive threat, leading the team in steals with 1.6 per game.

Finally, Citron was phenomenal from the charity strip, shooting 90.9%, which leads all ACC players and ranks 22nd in the nation. She is 30 for 33 on the year.

Then there’s Olivia Miles. She has a double-digit scoring average (11.2), leads the nation in assists (7.5) and just happens to be amassing 7.1 boards/game as a playmaker. Those numbers put Miles in an elite club as she and Caitlin Clark of Iowa are the only two to average at least 10p/7r/7a.

Miles has also just put her name in the ND record books with a triple-double at Valpo on December 8 (11p/13r/13a) – 9th in program history – 7th different Irish player to do so. Miles became Ireland’s second freshman, joining Marina Mabrey.

That said, Miles has 4 double-doubles, which is 2nd in the ACC behind UNC’s Alyssa Ustby. His double-doubles also rank 2nd among Division I freshmen, behind DePaul’s Aneesah Morrow (5).

LEARN MORE ABOUT MILES ASSISTANCE NUMBERS

If the season ended today, his 7.5 assists per game would rank 4th all-time in program history. The top three spots belong to Lindsay Allen (7.6) and Mary Gavin (7.9 and 8.6). The highest attendance average for a freshman at ND was 4.5 by Mary Gavin in 1984-85.

Miles posts three double-digit assist performances over the year. All other ACC players combined for one.

WHO SHOT

Last 4 games for Miles: averaged 10.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 8.5 assists. His gaming performances include:

– a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds at MSU

– a near triple-double at UConn with 8 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists.

– his first career triple-double, recording 11 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists at Valpo.

Citron’s last 4 games: 69 points (17.3 ppg) on ​​22 on 42 (52.4%) shooting. Game performance includes:
– a career-high 29 points in the win at MSU, including 21 in the second half (13 in the 4th quarter).

– only double-digit Irish player at UConn, finishing with 19 points.

– close to double-double at Valpo with 9 points and 10 rebounds.

SHARING THE WEALTH AND EXECUTING

The Irish currently have five players with a double-digit average, which shows the depth of this year’s squad. Notre Dame did a great job of spreading the wealth, leading the ACC and ranking 15th in the nation in assists/game (18.5). They have distributed more than 30 players twice this season.

Notre Dame is also ranked 27th in the nation in A/TO ratio (1.21), 16th in blocks/game (5.8) and 23rd in rebounds/game (44.09).

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