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    Jan. 25, 1997

    19th-ranked Irish Hold Off Pesky Hoyas

    NOTRE DAME, Ind. --- Senior guard Beth Morgan scored 11 of Notre Dame's final 12 points and finished with a game-high 27 points to lead No. 19 Notre Dame to its seventh straight with in a come-from-behind 67-63 victory over Georgetown.

    Morgan, Notre Dame's all-time leading scorer and five points away from becoming the first Irish women's basketball player to score 2,000 points, scored nine straight points down the stretch in the contest. With the win, Notre Dame improved to 17-4 overall and 9-0 in the Big East, while Georgetown dropped to 12-5 and 5-5 in the league.

    Notre Dame led by 10 (36-26) at the half as the Irish were led by Rosanne Bohman's 12 points. Bohman, who finished the game with 16 points and eight rebounds, was the only Irish player in double figures at the break. Notre Dame's defense held Georgetown to just 25 percent shooting in the first half and forced 13 turnovers.

    The Irish jumped out to a 15-point lead (41-26) with 19:05 left in the contest on a layup by Katyrna Gaither and three-pointer by Beth Morgan. The Hoyas then outscored Notre Dame 27-7, including a 14-0 run that put Georgetown up by five, 53-48, when Kim Smith nailed two free throws. The Hoyas took the lead for the first time in the contest when Tesha Nixon, who finished with 12 points, scored on a layup and then hit a free throw after being fouled by Gaither.

    After Georgetown went up 53-48 with 8:13 left in the contest, the Irish defense held the visitors to just 10 points for the remainder of the contest.

    Notre Dame went five minutes without scoring, but the drought ended when Morgan hit two free throws with 7:20 left in the game. Following a layup by Bohman that cut the lead to one, Sheila McMillen's three-pointer game Notre Dame a 53-55 lead with a three-pointer that came with 5:53 left in the game.

    Smith tied the game at 55-55 with a layup and after Morgan's two free throws tied the contest, Sylita Thomas, who finished with a team-high 18 points for the Hoyas, put Georgetown up 59-57 with a seven foot jumper.

    Morgan's two free throws tied the game at 59-59 and her three-pointer with 1:42 left, gave Notre Dame the lead for good.

    Gaither, Notre Dame's leading scorer, finished with seven points and eight rebounds, and had her string of 76 straight games in double figures snapped. The last time she failed to score in double figures was against Colorado (nine points) in the first round of the Seattle Times Husky Classic on December 28, 1994.

    Jeannine Augustin had a career-high seven steals in the game and a led the Irish with six assists as she played a career-high 37 minutes.

    Notre Dame, after holding a 23-17 advantage on the boards in the first half, was outrebounded 40-38 in the game. The Irish also shot a season-low 35.6 percent from the field and were just 8-of-27 (.296) in the second half. Georgetown was just 7-of-28 in the first half (.250), but came back to hit 15-of-31 attempts in the second half (.484).

    GEORGETOWN (63)
                          fg    ft    rb
                   min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
    Smith           37  4-15   4-4   2-5  3  1   13
    Ahonkhai        24   3-6   4-4   1-3  1  2   10
    Thomas          32  7-11   4-5   6-9  1  3   18
    Gallon          26   2-8   0-0   1-3  1  2    4
    Williams        29   0-4   2-2   1-4  6  3    2
    Johnson          4   0-0   0-0   2-3  0  1    0
    Chambers        24   2-6   0-0   1-4  4  2    4
    Nixon           16   4-7   4-6   0-4  0  3   12
    Heindel          8   0-2   0-0   1-2  0  1    0
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    TOTALS         200 22-59 18-21 15-37 16 18   63
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    Percentages: FG-.373, FT-.857. 3-Point Goals:
    1-11, .091 (Smith 1-5, Gallon 0-5, Chambers 0-1).
    Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 6 (Thomas 4,
    Ahonkhai, Nixon). Turnovers: 20 (Gallon 5,
    Williams 4, Ahonkhai 3, Chambers 2, Johnson 2,
    Smith 2, Heindel, Thomas). Steals: 9 (Smith 3,
    Williams 2, Ahonkhai, Gallon, Nixon, Thomas).
    NOTRE DAME (67)
                          fg    ft    rb
                   min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
    Morgan          35  5-12 15-16   0-5  2  1   27
    Bohman          37  7-15   2-2   4-8  0  0   16
    Gaither         27   2-9   3-4   5-8  0  4    7
    Peirick         22   2-7   0-1   2-4  4  2    4
    Augustin        37   2-5   0-0   1-2  6  3    4
    Mcmillen        26   2-8   1-2   1-3  1  3    7
    Henderson        2   0-0   0-0   0-1  0  1    0
    Hutchinson      14   1-3   0-0   0-3  1  3    2
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    TOTALS         200 21-59 21-25 13-34 14 17   67
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    Percentages: FG-.356, FT-.840. 3-Point Goals:
    4-12, .333 (Morgan 2-3, Peirick 0-2, Augustin
    0-1, Mcmillen 2-6). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked
    shots: 2 (Gaither, Augustin). Turnovers: 16
    (Morgan 4, Peirick 4, Bohman 3, Mcmillen 3,
    Augustin 2). Steals: 15 (Augustin 7, Gaither 2,
    Hutchinson 2, Peirick 2, Bohman, Morgan).
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    Georgetown         26   37  -   63
    Notre Dame         36   31  -   67
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    Technical fouls: None.  A: 4,837. Officials: Jack
    Plunkett, Jack Jones, Karen Wilhite.

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