Feb. 19, 1997

Gaither, Peirick Lead No. 16 Notre Dame to Record-Tying Victory

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Senior center Katryna Gaither scored 18 points and grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds and junior guard Mollie Peirick netted 17 points and grabbed a personal best 11 rebounds for her first career double-double to lead No. 16 Notre Dame to a 68-51 victory over Villanova. The win improves the Irish to 23-5 overall and 15-1 in the Big East as Notre Dame ties its school single-season wins record.

Gaither's double-double was the 11th of the season and third in the last four games. She played all 40 minutes of the game, a first for Gaither in her career.

Jeannine Augustin was also in double figures for Notre Dame as she scored 10 points, dished off a career-high nine assists and grabbed six rebounds.

Notre Dame, which never trailed in the contest, shot 49.1 percent from the field for the game and held Villanova to just 28.6 percent shooting from the field.

The Wildcats, who fell to 13-11 overall and 8-8 in the Big East, had two players in double figures. Freshman Jenea Skeeters, a three-time Big East Rookie of the Week honoree, led all scorers with 23 points. She connected on 8-of-19 shots from the field and was 5-of-7 from three-point range. Skeeters was one of two Villanova players who played the entire game. Jen Sliwa, who was the only other player in double figures for the Wildcats with 13 points, also played all 40 minutes of the contest.

Notre Dame dominated Villanova on the boards as the Irish held a 48-26 rebounding advantage. Seven of eight players who saw action in the game for Notre Dame scored.

Notre Dame also made 15-of-17 from the free throw line.

Villanova attempted 27 three-pointers and hit nine from long-range.

VILLANOVA (51)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Beisel          28   1-4   0-0   3-4  3  2    2
Skeeters        40  8-19   2-2   2-6  0  2   23
Sliwa           40  4-13   2-3   1-2  1  0   13
Lee             30  3-13   0-1   0-2  7  2    6
Higgins         24   0-8   0-0   0-2  0  1    0
Stewart          2   0-2   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Pellicane       24   2-4   2-2   0-0  2  2    7
Rosenthal       12   0-0   0-0   3-7  0  3    0
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TOTALS         200 18-63   6-8  9-23 13 12   51
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Percentages: FG-.286, FT-.750. 3-Point Goals:
9-27, .333 (Skeeters 5-7, Sliwa 3-9, Higgins 0-8,
Pellicane 1-3). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots:
None. Turnovers: 11 (Lee 3, Skeeters 3, Higgins
2, Beisel, Pellicane, Rosenthal). Steals: 12 (Lee
7, Higgins 2, Beisel, Pellicane, Sliwa).
NOTRE DAME (68)
                      fg    ft    rb
               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
Morgan          35   2-9   2-2   0-8  1  2    6
Bohman          28   3-6   3-3   3-6  1  0    9
Gaither         40  7-15   4-6  4-15  2  1   18
Peirick         31  8-10   0-0  3-11  3  1   17
Augustin        33   3-7   4-4   1-6  9  0   10
Jordan           2   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
Mcmillen        21   1-4   2-2   0-0  1  5    4
Henderson       10   2-2   0-0   0-1  1  2    4
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TOTALS         200 26-53 15-17 11-47 18 11   68
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Percentages: FG-.491, FT-.882. 3-Point Goals:
1-5, .200 (Morgan 0-2, Peirick 1-1, Mcmillen
0-2). Team rebounds: 1. Blocked shots: 1
(Peirick). Turnovers: 18 (Morgan 4, Augustin 3,
Bohman 3, Peirick 3, Gaither 2, Henderson 2,
Mcmillen). Steals: 5 (Augustin 3, Bohman, Morgan).
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Villanova          25   26  -   51
Notre Dame         34   34  -   68
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Technical fouls: None.  A: 2,476. Officials: Bill
Pickett, Don Green, Dennis Taylor.

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