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    Feb. 25, 1997

    Morgan, Gaither Power 16th-Ranked Irish

    MORGANTOWN, W. Va. - Senior Beth Morgan scored 18 of her game-high 24 points in the second half as 16th-ranked Notre Dame defeated West Virginia 80-67 at the WVU Coliseum on Tuesday night.

    Notre Dame, 25-5 overall and 17-1 in Big East Conference play, led by just one point at the half but outscored the Mountaineers 10-2 to open the second half. West Virginia, 18-11 overall and 11-7 in conference, never got closer than seven points the rest of the way.

    The Irish benefited from a 47-35 rebound advantage and held West Virginia to just 28.6 percent field goal shooting after intermission.

    Morgan connected on 7-of-8 shots inside the arc while adding seven rebounds and four assists. Senior Katryna Gaither had 21 points and a game-high 16 rebounds for her 12th double-double of the season and the 36th of her career.

    Senior Rosanne Bohman scored 15 points and pulled down seven rebounds and junior Mollie Peirick added 11 points and a team-high six assists for the Irish.

    West Virginia had three players in double figures, led by forward Maria Tchobanova's 18 points and 11 rebounds. Tchobanova scored 14 of her 18 points in the first half.

    Notre Dame has locked up the No. 3 seed in the Big East Conference Tournament in Storrs, Conn. on March 1-4. The Irish will play the final game on Sunday, March 2 against the winner of the game between the No. 6 and No. 11 seeds. The tournament seeding will be announced on Thursday.

    NOTRE DAME (80)
                          fg    ft    rb
                   min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
    Morgan          31  8-15   7-8   2-7  4  3   24
    Bohman          37  6-11   3-5   4-7  2  3   15
    Gaither         35 10-19   1-3  3-16  0  2   21
    Peirick         35  4-10   2-2   2-3  6  3   11
    Augustin        27   0-3   2-2   2-2  7  1    2
    Mcmillen        25   2-6   2-2   0-4  0  0    7
    Henderson        6   0-0   0-0   1-1  0  1    0
    Jordan           4   0-2   0-0   0-0  1  1    0
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    TOTALS         200 30-66 17-22 14-40 20 14   80
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    Percentages: FG-.455, FT-.773. 3-Point Goals:
    3-13, .231 (Morgan 1-7, Peirick 1-3, Mcmillen
    1-3). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: None.
    Turnovers: 20 (Augustin 5, Morgan 4, Bohman 3,
    Gaither 3, Henderson 2, Jordan, Mcmillen,
    Peirick). Steals: 13 (Augustin 4, Gaither 3,
    Peirick 3, Morgan 2, Bohman).
    WEST VIRGINIA (67)
                          fg    ft    rb
                   min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
    Ammons          24   0-6   0-0   1-3  1  3    0
    Tchobanov       34  6-14   6-7  6-11  2  3   18
    Opstaele        33   5-9   0-0   0-5  4  4   10
    Ronay           27   2-6   0-0   0-1  2  4    6
    Hargis          39  6-17   4-8   3-7  8  3   17
    Burbridge       21   3-7   0-0   0-1  1  0    9
    Beard           10   2-3   0-0   0-2  1  1    4
    Lambert          9   1-3   0-0   0-1  0  0    3
    Barboza          3   0-0   0-0   0-1  0  1    0
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    TOTALS         200 25-65 10-15 10-32 19 19   67
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    Percentages: FG-.385, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals:
    7-24, .292 (Ammons 0-3, Tchobanov 0-1, Opstaele
    0-1, Ronay 2-5, Hargis 1-5, Burbridge 3-6,
    Lambert 1-3). Team rebounds: 3. Blocked shots: 6
    (Tchobanov 4, Opstaele 2). Turnovers: 21 (Hargis
    6, Ronay 5, Opstaele 4, Tchobanov 4, Ammons 2).
    Steals: 9 (Tchobanov 4, Ammons 2, Hargis 2,
    Burbridge).
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    Notre Dame         43   37  -   80
    West Virginia      42   25  -   67
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    Technical fouls: None.  A: 1,239. Officials:
    Dennis Demayo, Tom Salerno, Dave Stewart.
    
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