Olivia Miles sets Irish triple-double mark, tops Merrimack
SOUTH BEND, Indiana (AP) — Olivia Miles became the first Notre Dame player with three career triple-doubles as the No.…
SOUTH BEND, Indiana (AP) — Olivia Miles became the first Notre Dame player with three career triple-doubles as the No. 5 Fighting Irish overwhelmed Merrimack 108-44 on Saturday.
Miles, who last March became the first freshman, male or female, to record a triple-double in an NCAA Tournament game, finished at 13 points, 13 rebounds and 14 assists in 28 minutes against the Warriors. The rebounding and assists matched career bests.
Miles passed Skylar Diggins-Smith and Jackie Young, who each notched a pair of triple-doubles during their careers.
Lauren Ebo scored 17 points and went 9 of 9 at the line to pace seven players in double figures for Notre Dame (8-1). Dara Mabrey added 14 points, Sonia Citron 13, Nat Marshall 13 and Maddy Westbeld 12.
Jayme DeCesare led Merrimack (1-8) with 15 points, going 5 of 9 on 3-pointers. Marissa Hamilton added 12.
Notre Dame: The Irish were glad to get back on the court after Thursday’s game at Lafayette was postponed due to health protocols within the Leopards’ program. Notre Dame hadn’t played since Sunday’s 74-60 win over then-No. 3 Connecticut, and now has eight days until its next game.
Merrimack: The school joined Division I and the Northeast Conference in 2019-20 to begin a four-year probationary period. The Warriors are 15-35 in the last two-plus seasons, after going 20-9 overall, 13-5 in the NEC, in its DI debut season.
Notre Dame: The stakes increase for the Irish when they open their Atlantic Coast Conference season at No. 7 Virginia Tech on Sunday, Dec. 18.
Merrimack: The Warriors face an in-state opponent for the fifth time in their first 10 games when they host NAIA member Fisher College of Boston next Saturday.
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