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    Jan. 21, 1997

    Irish Down Scarlet Knights, Improve to 8-0 in the Big East

    NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Beth Morgan scored 26 points, leading three Irish players in double figures as Notre Dame posted a 76-61 victory over Rutgers. The win was the sixth straight for Notre Dame, which improved to 16-4 on the season and 8-0 in the Big East.

    Katryna Gaither and Rosanne Bohman were the other two players in double figures with 14 and 13 points, respectively.

    Notre Dame jumped out to an early 12-point lead (16-4) when Morgan, who scored 20 first-half points, converted a three-point play after being fouled with 14:43 left to play. The Scarlet Knights cut the Notre Dame lead to four, 25-21, when Martin scored a layup and was fouled by Bohman. After the teams exchanged baskets, Rutgers got as close as three points (27-24) with 5:12 left in the half when Usha Gilmore nailed a 10-footer from the left baseline.

    Notre Dame closed the first half by going on a 14-5 run, which gave the Irish a 41-29 halftime advantage.

    Notre Dame led by as many as 30 points in the second half.

    Rutgers, which fell to 5-12 and 3-6 in the Big East, outscored Notre Dame 21-6 in the final seven minutes of the contest. The Scarlet Knights were led in scoring by Susan Blauser's 17 points. Gilmore had 13 points, while Tomora Young and Jennifer Clemente each chipped in with 10.

    Notre Dame was outrebounded in the game 42-33, but had only 14 turnovers.

    Jeannine Augustin tied her personal best with 10 assists and also had a career-high six steals.



    RUTGERS (61)
                          fg    ft    rb
                   min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
    Martin          20   1-2   0-1   1-5  2  2    2
    Lillard         17   1-2   1-2   4-5  0  2    3
    Blauser         26  6-10   5-6   2-4  1  3   17
    Hartmann         7   0-2   0-0   0-0  0  1    0
    Somogyi         34  2-10   1-1   2-3  4  0    6
    Young           26  4-13   1-2   1-3  7  3   10
    Gilmore         35  6-17   0-1   2-8  4  2   13
    Honeycutt       12   0-3   0-0   2-3  0  0    0
    Clemente        23   4-6   2-3   2-4  2  2   10
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    TOTALS         200 24-65 10-16 16-35 20 15   61
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    Percentages: FG-.369, FT-.625. 3-Point Goals:
    3-16, .188 (Lillard 0-1, Somogyi 1-5, Young 1-6,
    Gilmore 1-4). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 1
    (Young). Turnovers: 17 (Lillard 4, Clemente 3,
    Young 3, Blauser 2, Gilmore 2, Hartmann 2,
    Martin). Steals: 7 (Young 4, Gilmore 2, Lillard).
    NOTRE DAME (76)
                          fg    ft    rb
                   min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
    Morgan          30  9-18   5-7   1-3  1  2   26
    Bohman          24   6-8   1-1   4-7  4  3   13
    Gaither         28   6-9   2-2   2-7  0  0   14
    Peirick         26   2-8   0-0   1-7  6  4    5
    Augustin        36   2-7   0-0   0-2 10  2    4
    Jordan           6   0-2   0-2   1-1  0  1    0
    Mcmillen        20   2-3   4-4   0-2  1  2    9
    Henderson       16   1-1   3-3   1-1  0  1    5
    Hutchinson      14   0-1   0-0   0-2  0  1    0
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    TOTALS         200 28-57 15-19 10-32 22 16   76
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    Percentages: FG-.491, FT-.789. 3-Point Goals:
    5-19, .263 (Morgan 3-8, Peirick 1-7, Augustin
    0-2, Mcmillen 1-1, Hutchinson 0-1). Team
    rebounds: 1. Blocked shots: 7 (Peirick 3, Gaither
    2, Henderson, Hutchinson). Turnovers: 14
    (Mcmillen 4, Augustin 3, Hutchinson 2, Morgan 2,
    Peirick 2, Gaither). Steals: 11 (Augustin 6,
    Gaither 4, Mcmillen).
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    Rutgers            29   32  -   61
    Notre Dame         41   35  -   76
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    Technical fouls: None.  A: 590. Officials: Keith
    Fisher, Greg Smith, John Whitson.
    

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