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    January 12, 1997

    No. 21 Irish Get 22 From Gaither to Beat Villanova by 23

    PHILADELPHIA -- Katryna Gaither knocked down 10-of-13 from the floor as 21st-ranked Notre Dame rolled past Villanova, 77-54. The Irish jumped out to a 20-point lead at the half and cruised the rest of the way in the Big East matchup.

    Jenn Beisel led the Wildcats with 15 points and five rebounds as Villanova fell to 7-6, 3-3 in conference play. The Wildcats shot just 35 percent on the day.

    Meanwhile, the Fighting Irish (13-4, 5-0) nailed nearly 58 percent of their field goals as four starters scored in double figures. Guard Mollie Peirick was 3-of-4 from 3-point range.



    NOTRE DAME (77)
                          fg    ft    rb
                   min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
    Peirick         34   5-7   0-0   1-5  6  0   13
    Augustin        32   2-5   0-0   2-7  4  2    5
    Gaither         24 10-13   2-3   1-6  2  3   22
    Morgan          27   4-9   5-5   1-6  1  2   14
    Bohman          30  5-11   0-0   1-4  6  1   10
    Henderson        7   1-2   0-1   0-2  0  2    2
    Mcmillen        22   1-1   2-2   0-3  0  2    5
    Hutchinson      19   2-4   1-2   1-6  0  1    6
    Jordan           5   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
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    TOTALS         200 30-52 10-13  7-39 19 13   77
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    Percentages: FG-.577, FT-.769. 3-Point Goals:
    7-12, .583 (Peirick 3-4, Augustin 1-1, Morgan
    1-3, Mcmillen 1-1, Hutchinson 1-3). Team
    rebounds: 1. Blocked shots: 3 (Bohman 2,
    Peirick). Turnovers: 17 (Augustin 6, Morgan 4,
    Bohman 2, Jordan 2, Peirick 2, Hutchinson).
    Steals: 2 (Morgan, Peirick).
    VILLANOVA (54)
                          fg    ft    rb
                   min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
    Lee             29  5-10   0-0   0-2  7  2   10
    Higgins         25  2-10   1-2   1-2  0  1    6
    Bradshaw         4   0-0   0-0   0-1  0  0    0
    Sliwa           27  2-11   1-2   0-3  1  2    5
    Beisel          34   7-9   1-1   2-5  0  3   15
    Skeeters        31  2-14   0-1   2-4  0  3    5
    Pellicane       21   3-5   1-2   2-3  2  0    9
    Stewart         11   1-2   0-0   0-0  1  0    2
    Ferretti         2   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  1    0
    Rosenthal       13   1-3   0-0   3-5  1  2    2
    Snell            3   0-1   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
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    TOTALS         200 23-65   4-8 10-25 12 14   54
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    Percentages: FG-.354, FT-.500. 3-Point Goals:
    4-25, .160 (Higgins 1-6, Sliwa 0-7, Skeeters 1-7,
    Pellicane 2-4, Snell 0-1). Team rebounds: 5.
    Blocked shots: 1 (Rosenthal). Turnovers: 12 (Lee
    4, Beisel 2, Higgins 2, Skeeters 2, Rosenthal).
    Steals: 9 (Beisel 6, Lee, Skeeters, Sliwa).
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    Notre Dame         37   40  -   77
    Villanova          17   37  -   54
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    Technical fouls: None.  A: 1,106. Officials: Jack
    Riordan, Ralph South, Jo Ann Aldrich.
    

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