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Irish try to bounce back after uncharacteristic loss

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Notre Dame finds itself in a rare spot this week; they are trying to bounce back.

"Yea, we don't want to lose. It didn't feel good, coming onto the plane after losing and then coming back to this weather," said senior guard Marina Mabrey.

The Notre Dame women's basketball team lost it's No. 1 ranking this past Sunday when they fell to a North Carolina team that was barely 500.

The Irish did not have Jackie Young at their disposal because of a sprained ankle, but they also turned the ball over twenty times! Which is why head coach Muffet McGraw said her nucleus should be too experienced to be thrown off their game just by missing one starter.

"You know, as the No. 1 team in the country you should be able to beat an unranked team without one of your starters. That was really disappointing that nobody else really stepped up and we had four really good players on the floor all the time and they needed to do more," McGraw added, "So, I think we understand that we can't turn the ball over. We've got to be able to defend. We've got to figure out who has the hot hand, where can we go get the ball. We had a lot of mismatches out there that we couldn't take advantage of."

Mabrey summed up the loss pretty concisely by saying that UNC came ready to play, and that the Irish did not.

She added, "I think we're moving on. Like it's over, we lost. We just need to come back and win."

Notre Dame has a chance to bounce back Thursday evening at 7pm against Clemson.



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