Notre Dame women’s basketball cruises past Virginia despite Dara Mabrey’s knee injury

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — No. 7-ranked Notre Dame wasn’t expected to be challenged by a shorthanded Virginia team in Purcell Pavilion Sunday afternoon, but its stability took a hit when its emotional leader — “our heart and soul” as head coach Niele Ivey put it — was injured two minutes into the game.

Early in the 76-54 victory over the Cavaliers, after her steal in the backcourt, Dara Mabrey took off and drove to the basket. She was met there by Yonta Vaughn and was fouled. She fell awkwardly and was down on the floor for several minutes.

She eventually was helped off the floor in tears and returned to the sidelines later in the game with crutches and wearing a brace on her right knee.

The severity of the injury is uncertain at this time and Mabrey will undergo further evaluation on Monday.

“It was a little bit emotional for us and I’m proud of the way we responded,” Ivey said. “I’m proud of our grit, our poise.”

Mabrey, a grad student, is averaging 9.9 points and 31 minutes a game with a team-high 33 3-pointers. She entered the game second on the club with 43 assists.

“Obviously, it’s really hard to watch not only a teammate, but a sister go down like that,” said grad student transfer guard Jenna Brown, who averages nine minutes a game, but played 15 on Sunday. “I was very encouraged by my teammates and how mentally tough we all stayed.”

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Notre Dame guard Dara Mabrey, on crutches, will have her right knee evaluated Monday after injuring it early in Sunday’s Irish victory. (Matt Cashore-USA Today Sports)

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What is no issue for the 16-2 Irish — 7-1 and tied for first with Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference — is their depth, and the Irish went on an 18-2 run following Mabrey’s injury.

Sophomore Sonia Citron, averaging 13.2 points and shooting at a 41.9% clip from the 3-point line coming in…


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