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    FIGHTING IRISH Sophomore guard Ashley Barlow scored 16 points, including 12 during a pair of important first-half runs, as the 14th-ranked Irish raced past Richmond, 84-59 on Wednesday night.
    FIGHTING IRISH
    Sophomore guard Ashley Barlow scored 16 points, including 12 during a pair of important first-half runs, as the 14th-ranked Irish raced past Richmond, 84-59 on Wednesday night.
    FIGHTING IRISH

    Jan. 2, 2008

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    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Charel Allen scored 18 points and Ashley Barlow sparked a pair of first-half spurts, helping No. 14 Notre Dame beat Richmond 84-59 Wednesday night.

    Barlow scored five points during a 7-0 run that gave the Irish a 21-13 lead with 9:43 remaining, and five more during a 14-8 run over the final 4:11 of the first half gave Notre Dame a 40-30 lead at the break.

    The Spiders (7-7) could get no closer than 12 after the Irish took a 46-30 lead with 18:10 remaining.

    Barlow finished with 16 for Notre Dame (12-1), which won its 10th straight game. The Irish forced 28 turnovers, scored 35 points off them, and made a season-high 27 free throws.

    Devereaux Peters and Erica Williamson added 12 each for the Irish.

    Johanna McKnight and Christina Campion each had 15 for Richmond.

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    POST GAME NOTES: Notre Dame improves to 3-0 all-time against Richmond, chalking up its largest margin of victory in the abbreviated series ... the Irish also earn their 11th consecutive win against the current Atlantic 10 Conference alignment ... with its current 10-game winning streak, Notre Dame now has strung together the 10th double-digit win streak in school history and first since a similar 10-game run from Jan. 16-Feb. 15, 2005 ... the Irish also won their fifth consecutive road game, which ironically also occurred during the aforementioned 2005 winning streak (Jan. 19-Feb. 15) ... Notre Dame's 12-1 start ties for the second-best 13-game debut in school history, equalling the 2004-05 club and trailing only the 2000-01 squad (13-0) ... the Irish now have held 11 of 13 opponents to fewer than 60 points ... Wednesday's game marked just the third time all season Notre Dame did not have a positive assist-to-turnover ratio (nine assists and 13 turnovers) ... Notre Dame forced at least 20 opponent turnovers for the 11th time this season, coming up with at least 25 takeaways for the sixth time (third in four games) ... the 18 steals were the second-most for the Irish this season, behind the 21-steal effort vs. Boston College on Nov. 24 ... Notre Dame went 27-of-36 at the foul line, its highest totals from the stripe since Feb. 17, 2007 at Providence (28-of-36) ... the Irish had 21 offensive rebounds at Richmond, tying their second-best mark of the year (vs. Canisius on Nov. 27) and trailing only their 22 offensive boards vs. Boston College on Nov. 24 ... Notre Dame fielded at least three double-digit scorers for the 12th time in 13 games this season, with eight of those game featuring at least four in double figures (as was the case at Richmond) ... senior guard Charel Allen moved into 15th place on the Notre Dame career scoring list with 1,229 points, passing Letitia Bowen (1,219 from 1991-95); next up in Mary Beth Schueth with 1,233 points from 1981-85 ... sophomore guard Ashley Barlow tied her career high with six steals, matching her total from a Nov. 19, 2006 win over Western Michigan at the Joyce Center ... junior guard Lindsay Schrader notched her third double-digit rebounding night of the season and sixth of her career ... senior guard Tulyah Gaines tied her career high with five steals, a mark she originally set on Dec. 16, 2006 against IUPUI at the Joyce Center ... freshman forward Devereaux Peters scored in double figures for the seventh time in eight games and also tallied a season-high three steals for the fifth time this year (most recently at Bowling Green on Dec. 5) ... sophomore center Erica Williamson scored in double figures for the second consecutive game and eighth time in her career ... freshman guard Brittany Mallory was a late scratch from the Richmond game after experiencing flu-like symptoms.

     

     

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