Notre Dame tunes up for tough week with win over Wake Forest

Notre Dame is preparing for some heavy duty this coming week. A rematch with Syracuse, which it already lost to, and a road game at UConn means good efforts will be absolutely necessary. First though, visiting Wake Forest, the worst team in the ACC was on the schedule. While the Irish won, 75-56, they didn’t always play like the better team.

The Irish (14-3, 5-2) never trailed in the game, and the final score indicated their biggest lead. However, it also never felt like the Demon Deacons (4-15, 0-7) ever really went away despite trailing by double digits the entire second half. With the difference between these teams, the Irish should have been able to leave the Deacons in the dust. That barely felt like the case.

Maybe this sounds like an overly critical analysis, but that’s only because the Irish are held to such a high standard being ranked in a tough conference. Scoring fewer than 20 points in the third and fourth quarters as they did hear won’t cut it against the Orange and Huskies. Niele Ivey needs to emphasize that to her players, or they could be in for a rude awakening over these next couple of games.

Hannah Hidalgo had another nice game of 21 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals. sonia citron continued to make up for lost time from earlier the season with 18 points and joining Hidalgo with four rebounds and four assists. Maddy Westbeld scored 10 points and was a rebound short of a double-double. KK Bransford also scored 10 coming off the bench.

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