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Notre Dame women's basketball team begins ACC play

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There's a pretty impressive streak in place Thursday as the Notre Dame women's basketball team begin ACC play.

Since joining the ACC more than four years ago, Notre Dame is a perfect 32-0 at home in the ACC.

Thursday the four-time reigning champs looked to get their next title defense off to a good start when Syracuse came to town.

Good crowd at the Pavilion Thursday despite the cold weather.

Notre Dame grabbed a quick lead.

Jessica Shepard playing on a sore ankle. Shepard splits the double-team and scores.

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Jackie Young was in the gym all by herself this afternoon working on three-pointers.

It pays off! Young hits the three.

Irish up 13-4.

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But Syracuse is ranked 23rd, and they don't back down.

Nice no-look pass part of a 9-0 run.

We have a tie ballgame.

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Second quarter -- more good passing.

Shepard looks inside to Kat Westbeld.

Notre Dame led 42-38 at halftime.

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Syracuse took their first lead of the game midway through the third quarter.

But that seemed to wake the Irish up.

They respond with an 11-0 run.

Shepard with two more.

She had 24 points Thursday.

ND up six heading to the fourth quarter.

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Then they blow them away in the fourth.

Marina Mabrey hits the three.

The Irish were 7-14 from downtown as a team.

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Jackie Young ties her career-high with 23 points!

As Notre Dame opens up ACC play with a win.

Irish 87.

Syracuse 72.

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