Jan. 10, 2009
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Erica Williamson scored a career-high 21 points and No. 12/4 Notre Dame held Georgetown to 32 percent shooting to beat the Hoyas 84-63 on Saturday night.
Notre Dame (14-1, 3-0 BIG EAST), which has won seven straight games, led by double digits for much of the first half. The Hoyas (11-4, 1-1) used a 15-9 run to close to 32-25 at halftime and cut the lead to 32-27 when Adria Crawford made a pair of free throws a minute into the second period.
Moments later, though, the Irish went on a 10-0 run to take a 48-31 lead when Kellie Watson made a 3-pointer. The Hoyas never got closer than 12 again.
Williamson, who also had a season-high 10 rebounds, finished with a career-high for points for a second straight game. She had 20 against DePaul on Tuesday.
Monica McNutt scored 16 and Morgan Williams added 14 for the Hoyas.
POST GAME NOTES: Notre Dame is off to the second-best 15-game start in school history, exceeded only by a 15-0 debut in 2000-01 ... the Irish also open BIG EAST Conference play at 3-0 for the sixth time in their 14-year conference membership, but the first time since 2001-02 ... Notre Dame rises to 10-4 (.714) in BIG EAST home openers, including wins in eight of their last 10 tries ... Notre Dame extends its home winning streak to 11 games, with its last loss at the Joyce Center coming on Jan. 27, 2008 (81-64 vs. Connecticut) ... the Irish match their longest winning streak of the season, having also won seven in a row to open the year ... Notre Dame's 52 second-half points were one off its season-high total in a single half (53 in the 2nd half at Boston College on Nov. 23) ... the 22 assists for the Irish were one off their season high, achieved twice before (last at Boston College) ... Notre Dame improves to 23-2 all-time against Georgetown (12-0 at the Joyce Center), with the 23 series wins being the second-most against one opponent in school history (Marquette - 28) ... since they joined the BIG EAST in 1995-96, the Irish are 19-1 against Georgetown and have held the Hoyas to less than 70 points in 18 of those 20 contests (18-0 record) ... Notre Dame matched its season high with 23 turnovers (Dec. 10 in overtime loss at Michigan) ... the Irish have held 14 of 15 opponents to 63 points or fewer this season (78-72 win over #24 Michigan State on Nov. 29 at the Joyce Center) ... Notre Dame is 12-1 when leading at halftime this season, and 8-0 when fielding at least four double-figure scorers ... junior center Erica Williamson re-set her career scoring high with 21 points and added a season-best 10 rebounds and three blocks on the way to her third career double-double (first since Feb. 16, 2008, at Syracuse, when she had 14 points and 11 rebounds) ... Williamson is the first Irish player to log 20 points and 10 rebounds in a game since March 23, 2008, when Ashley Barlow chalked up 20 points and 12 rebounds in a 75-62 win over SMU in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in West Lafayette, Ind. ... for the third time this season and fourth time in her career, Barlow dished out a career-high-tying six assists, most recently hitting the mark on Nov. 29 vs. Michigan State.