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    Mar. 15, 1997

    Irish Cruise to First-Round Win

    AUSTIN, Texas - Katryna Gaither led a balanced attack with 24 points and fifth-seeded Notre Dame led from start to finish in a 93-62 rout of 11th-seeded Memphis in an East Region first-round game at Austin, Texas.

    The Fighting Irish (28-6), the Big East Conference runners-up, advanced to the second round for the second straight year and will face Texas in a second-round game on Monday.

    Gaither converted a 3-point play and a jumper in an 11-2 burst as Notre Dame opened a 23-10 lead just over nine minutes into the game. Memphis closed within 30-20 after four straight points by Tamika Whitmore, but the Irish closed the half with another 11-2 burst to take a 41-22 lead at halftime after Rosanne Bohman's layup at the buzzer.

    Beth Morgan scored the first four points of the second half, helping Notre Dame extend its lead to 45-22. Memphis got no closer than 17 the rest of the way and the Fighting Irish led by as many as 31 before emptying the bench.

    Morgan had 15 points and Bohman and Jeannine Augustin 12 for Notre Dame, which shot 53 percent (35-for-66) form the field. Gaither also grabbed 12 rebounds, helping the Irish to a 51-38 advantage on the boards.

    Whitmore had 20 points and 10 rebounds and LaTonya Johnson added 15 points for Memphis (22-7).

    MEMPHIS (62)
                          fg    ft    rb
                   min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
    Johnson         21  6-15   2-4   3-4  1  3   15
    Whitmore        26  9-17   2-2  4-10  0  4   20
    Newlon          24   1-5   3-4   0-4  1  2    5
    Murry           22   2-4   0-0   2-4  2  3    4
    Allen           29  1-15   3-5   2-5  2  3    5
    Humphries        3   1-1   0-0   0-0  0  0    2
    Fedric          25   2-6   0-0   0-4  2  4    4
    Smith            3   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0
    Jeffery          9   0-5   0-0   2-2  0  0    0
    Phillips        18   1-1   0-0   0-1  4  2    3
    Bolden          18   0-4   1-2   1-2  1  1    1
    Burkes           2   1-1   0-0   0-0  1  0    3
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    TOTALS         200 24-74 11-17 14-36 14 22   62
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    Percentages: FG-.324, FT-.647. 3-Point Goals:
    3-23, .130 (Johnson 1-6, Whitmore 0-1, Newlon
    0-1, Allen 0-7, Jeffery 0-4, Phillips 1-1, Bolden
    0-2, Burkes 1-1). Team rebounds: 2. Blocked
    shots: 2 (Johnson, Allen). Turnovers: 21 (Fedric
    5, Johnson 5, Murry 4, Allen 3, Jeffery 2,
    Newlon, Phillips). Steals: 12 (Fedric 3, Murry 3,
    Newlon 2, Whitmore 2, Allen, Phillips).
    NOTRE DAME (93)
                          fg    ft    rb
                   min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp
    Bohman          26   5-8   2-5   3-9  3  2   12
    Morgan          29  5-13   4-6   1-5  2  0   15
    Gaither         27  9-15   6-7  5-12  3  2   24
    Peirick         29   4-7   2-2   1-7  6  3   11
    Augustin        33   4-7   4-4   0-2  6  0   12
    Mcmillen        27   3-9   0-1   1-5  2  2    8
    Grady            3   0-1   0-0   0-0  0  2    0
    Henderson       18   4-4   1-2   2-4  2  4    9
    Hutchinson       8   1-2   0-0   0-2  1  0    2
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    TOTALS         200 35-66 19-27 13-46 25 15   93
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    Percentages: FG-.530, FT-.704. 3-Point Goals:
    4-15, .267 (Morgan 1-4, Peirick 1-3, Augustin
    0-1, Mcmillen 2-6, Hutchinson 0-1). Team
    rebounds: 5. Blocked shots: 4 (Peirick 2, Morgan,
    Hutchinson). Turnovers: 21 (Augustin 7, Gaither
    5, Bohman 3, Peirick 3, Morgan 2, Henderson).
    Steals: 13 (Augustin 6, Gaither 2, Morgan 2,
    Bohman, Henderson, Mcmillen).
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    Memphis            22   40  -   62
    Notre Dame         41   52  -   93
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    Technical fouls: None. Officials: Tom Salerno,
    Art Bomengen, Anita Myles.
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