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    Jan. 18, 1997

    No. 21 Notre Dame Women Down Pittsburgh For Fifth Straight Win

    NOTRE DAME, Ind. ---- Notre Dame scored 31 unanswered points over a span of 13:21 as the 21st-ranked Irish posted their fifth straight win (longest of the season) en route to a 69-45 victory over Pittsburgh.

    The Irish defense held the Panthers to just one field goal in the final 15:20 of the first half after Pittsburgh jumped out to a 14-2 advantage early in the first half.

    Notre Dame, which improves 15-4, 7-0 in the BIG EAST, was led by Beth Morgan's game-high 18 points. She led four Irish players in double figures. Katyrna Gaither scored 15 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds, while Mollie Peirick added 11 and Sheila McMillen scored 11 and 10 points, respectively. McMillen scored eight of her 10 points in the key first-half run that gave the Irish the 21-point lead (39-18) at the half. Peirick also finsihed with a season-high nine assists in the contest.

    The Irish forced 32 Pittsburgh turnovers and forced the Panthers to just 31.8 percent shooting in the first half, although the visitors hit 52.4 percent of their shots in the second half as they outscored Notre Dame 31-26.

    Notre Dame connected on just 32.4 percent of their shots in the second half after hitting on 51.5 percent in the first 20 minutes of action. Notre Dame was just 1 of 11 from three-point range and had 23 turnovers in the contest.

    The Irish enjoyed a 41-33 rebounding advantage.

    With the loss, Pittsburgh falls to 7-12 on the season and 2-6 in the BIG EAST.



    PITTSBURGH (49)
                          fg    ft    rb
                   min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
    Thompson        23   4-7   3-7   2-6  1  2   11
    Senneca         30   1-4   0-0   2-4  0  2    2
    Howard          25   5-8   3-6   1-3  2  4   13
    Guzman          25   0-3   0-0   0-5  2  0    0
    Balich          25   2-5   0-0   1-2  2  1    6
    Montesano        1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
    Katowski        16   3-8   2-4   0-1  0  3    8
    Hunter           4   0-1   0-0   1-1  0  1    0
    Lawrence         6   0-2   0-1   0-2  0  1    0
    Krueger         11   1-2   0-0   1-2  2  0    2
    Morris           9   0-0   0-0   0-1  0  0    0
    Webb             7   1-2   2-2   0-0  0  0    4
    Woods           18   1-1   1-2   0-1  0  0    3
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    TOTALS         200 18-43 11-22  8-28  9 14   49
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    Percentages: FG-.419, FT-.500. 3-Point Goals:
    2-7, .286 (Guzman 0-1, Balich 2-4, Katowski 0-2).
    Team rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 3 (Thompson,
    Morris, Webb). Turnovers: 32 (Howard 8, Guzman 5,
    Thompson 5, Katowski 4, Balich 3, Senneca 2,
    Woods 2, Hunter, Krueger, Montesano). Steals: 9
    (Katowski 3, Guzman, Howard, Senneca, Thompson,
    Webb, Woods).
    NOTRE DAME (65)
                          fg    ft    rb
                   min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
    Morgan          30  8-18   2-2   1-4  1  1   18
    Bohman          17   2-3   0-0   0-1  2  3    4
    Gaither         24  7-13   1-1   6-9  1  2   15
    Peirick         25  5-11   0-0   1-3  9  3   11
    Augustin        22   1-5   1-2   0-3  3  1    3
    Jordan          12   0-2   0-3   1-1  0  1    0
    Mcmillen        24   4-8   2-2   3-3  0  2   10
    Ervin            3   0-1   0-0   1-1  0  1    0
    Henderson       17   0-1   0-0   2-5  0  3    0
    Hutchinson      26   2-8   0-0   2-5  0  3    4
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    TOTALS         200 29-70  6-10 17-35 16 20   65
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    Percentages: FG-.414, FT-.600. 3-Point Goals:
    1-11, .091 (Morgan 0-4, Peirick 1-4, Mcmillen
    0-1, Hutchinson 0-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked
    shots: 3 (Hutchinson 2, Gaither). Turnovers: 23
    (Henderson 4, Augustin 3, Bohman 3, Hutchinson 3,
    Peirick 3, Mcmillen 2, Morgan 2, Ervin, Gaither,
    Jordan). Steals: 21 (Gaither 7, Augustin 4,
    Morgan 3, Hutchinson 2, Mcmillen 2, Peirick 2,
    Jordan).
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    Pittsburgh         18   31  -   49
    Notre Dame         39   26  -   65
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    Technical fouls: None.  A: 1,271. Officials:
    Frank Geiselman, Bob Trammell, Greg Smith.
    

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