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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

CHICAGO –Notre Dame’s No. 20/18 women’s basketball team has a big mission before the holidays — defending the nation’s No. 1-ranked offense in (RV) DePaul on home court. With a win, the Fighting Irish (10-2) would not only surpass their win tally from a season ago, but also earn their first top-50 NET win of the season. On the other hand, the Blue Demons (11-2) are on a seven-game winning streak in which they average 99.9 points per game during said streak. They averaged 92.2 ppg over the year.

The game will air nationally on FS1, starting at 8:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. CT. Tickets to Wintrust Arena are still available and can be purchased online.

Notre Dame leads the all-time series 26-20, but trails in games at Chicago, 10-11.

SENSATION FIRST YEAR DUO

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

A versatile 6-1 guard, Citron was all over the court for Coach Ivey, ranking in the team’s top 4 in points, rebounds, assists and steals. Citron not only made the first waves for the ACC Freshman of the Year, but also the 6th woman. She has an impressive average of 12.3 points off the bench – the second most on the team. Plus, she’s already a four-time ACC freshman of the week winner.

Citron is one of three freshmen nationwide to average at least 12 points, five rebounds and two assists and one steal — she’s the only one to come from a Power-Five school. Breaking it down even further – there are only two players in the entire country (of any class) who feature those numbers off the bench: NC State’s Citron and Diamond Johnson.

Finally, Citron was phenomenal from the charity strip, shooting 91.4%, which leads all ACC players and ranks 15th in the nation. She is 32 for 35 on the year.

Then there’s Olivia Miles. She has a double-digit scoring average (12.0), leads the NATION in assists (7.8) and happens to be the team’s best 7.0 boards/game as a playmaker. Those numbers put Miles in an elite club because she and Caitlin Clark of Iowa are the only two in the country with an average of at least 10p/7r/7a.

She ranks in the ACC top 10 in five different stat categories: rebounds, assists, steals, A/TO ratio, defensive rebounds. The best of all Irish players.

Additionally, Miles had five double-doubles, which are tied for the most in the ACC alongside Virginia Tech’s Kitley and UNC’s Ustby.

LEARN MORE ABOUT MILES ASSISTANCE NUMBERS

The nation’s top passer is posting assist numbers the program hasn’t seen in more than three decades. Miles’ 7.8 apg would finish third all-time, with the top three spots currently belonging to:

1. Marie Gavin 8.7 1987-88

2. Marie Gavin 7.9 1986-87

3.Lindsay Allen 7.6 2016-17

The most assists in a season belongs to Lindsay Allen with 282 (2016-17).

The highest attendance average for a freshman at ND was 4.5 by Mary Gavin in 1984-85.

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

WHO SHOT

There’s probably no one else in the whole country having a better December than Olivia Miles. The freshman sensation is nearly averaging a triple-double over his last 5 games, averaging 12.6 points, 9.2 rebounds, 9.0 assists. His gaming performances include:

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

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

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

– a double-double of 21 points and 11 assists in which she also had a career-high six rebounds and six steals.

December was also very kind to Sonia Citron. In her last five games, she’s averaging 16.8 points per game on 27-of-54 shooting (.500), including 9-of-20 from deep (.450). She also averages 6.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists with just six turnovers in that span as well. 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.

– near double-double at Valpo with 9 points and 10 rebounds and a near double-double against Pitt with 15 points and 8 rebounds.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE DELIGHTS

Watch out for Olivia Miles who has become a double-double machine, winning three in the last five games to take her season tally to five. His five happen to be tied for the ACC lead alongside Virginia Tech’s Kitley and UNC’s Ustby. His five also rank second among all Division I freshmen, behind DePaul’s Aneesah Morrow (7).

Against Pitt on December 19, Miles became the fourth Irish player to record a double-double of 20+ points and 10+ assists – the other three were Skylar Diggins-Smith, Marina Mabrey and Jackie Young. Miles had a career-high 21 points, 11 assists, six rebounds and six steals.

Now, where are Miles’ five double-doubles at ND:
– Most by a guard in it career – Jackie Young and Lindsay Schrader – 17 years old
– Most by a freshman in a season – Shari Matvey – 15 – 1979-80
– More in a Season – 19 – Jess Shepard and Natalie Achonwa

SHARING THE WEALTH AND EXECUTING

The Irish currently have four 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 13th in the nation in assists/game (18.8). Notre Dame is also ranked 22nd in the nation in A/TO ratio (1.25), 20th in blocks/game (5.5) and 24th in rebounds/game (43.83).

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