Jan. 2, 2000
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - The Irish got the message.
After enduring a 12:01 a.m. practice just hours after a lackadaisical effort
in a victory over Valparaiso on Wednesday, 10th-ranked Notre Dame came out
shooting against Marquette and beat the Golden Eagles 75-60 on Sunday.
Niele Ivey scored 19 points and handed out 12 assists, while Ruth Riley had
18 points and nine rebounds.
It was the fifth consecutive win for the Irish (9-2). Marquette is 9-3.
"I was really pleased with our defense, we're definitely making some
strides there," said Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw. "We did a good job with
our help rotation.
"And the player of the game was Ruth Riley. She played like an
All-American. She dominated at both ends of the floor."
Three minutes into the second half, the score was tied 36-36.
Then the Irish went on a 6-0 run, sparked by two Ivey baskets and a layup by
Danielle Green off an Ivey assist. The Irish outscored the Golden Eagles 20-6
over a 10-minute stretch for a 56-42 lead.
Ivey then hit consecutive 3-pointers with less than six minutes remaining,
bumping Notre Dame's lead to 63-46.
Ivey hit 3-of-7 from 3-point range for the game.
"It was kind of the Niele Ivey highlight show," McGraw said. "It (Ivey's
3s) really broke open a close game. That second 3-pointer really broke their
back. That was a critical moment in the game."
Marquette was hurt by poor shooting. After going 11-of-27 from the field in
the first half, the Golden Eagles hit only five of their first 20 shots in the
second half. Marquette finished the game 19-of-58. Notre Dame hit 16-of-29 in
the second half.
The Irish outscored the Golden Eagles 44-32 in the second half.
"We simply had a lapse in the second half," said Marquette coach Terri
Mitchell. "We weren't running offenses and we weren't running back on defense,
and that just changed the whole game."
Heidi Bowman led Marquette with 15 points. Green added 15 for the Irish.