Jan. 23, 2011
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -
Devereaux Peters dominated inside with 14 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks to lead No. 11/10 Notre Dame to a 69-36 rout of No. RV/23 St. John's on Sunday.
Becca Bruszewski scored 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting for the Fighting Irish (17-4, 6-1 BIG EAST).
The Red Storm (14-6, 3-4) shot 32 percent, with no player reaching double figures. Leading scorer Shenneika Smith was held to seven points on 3-of-8 shooting. Da'Shena Stevens had nine rebounds, but missed all seven free-throw attempts.
Notre Dame outrebounded the Red Storm 42-31.
On the final play of the first half, Skylar Diggins drove and dished to Natalie Achonwa, whose layup as time expired gave the Fighting Irish a 39-21 lead. Diggins had six assists.
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POST GAME NOTES: Notre Dame sets a new school record with its 11th win of the season by at least 30 points, topping the old mark of 10 30-point wins set in 2000-01 ... in two games this week, the Fighting Irish defeated a pair of ranked teams (#16/17 Georgetown and #RV/23 St. John's) by an average of 27.5 points per game ... prior to Tuesday's 22-point win over Georgetown, Notre Dame had not defeated a ranked team by more than 17 points since Feb. 25, 2004 (93-58 at home over #21/19 Miami (Fla.)), but the Fighting Irish have done just that in consecutive games this week ... Notre Dame defeats ranked opponents in back-to-back games for the first time since Jan. 30 and Feb. 2, 2005, when the Fighting Irish won at #9/10 Connecticut (65-59) and at home against #16/13 Boston College (64-57) ... the 36 points by St. John's are the fewest Notre Dame has allowed to a ranked opponent since Jan. 24, 2004, when the Fighting Irish edged No. 23/25 Villanova, 38-36 at Purcell Pavilion ... Notre Dame improves to 49-5 (.907) all-time against New York schools, including a 26-0 record at Purcell Pavilion ... the Fighting Irish rise to 20-3 (.870) all-time against St. John's, including a 10-0 record at home ... the 33-point margin of victory is the largest for Notre Dame against the Red Storm since Feb. 13, 2002 (a 66-31 triumph at Purcell Pavilion, a game that saw the Fighting Irish set a program record for the fewest points allowed to a BIG EAST Conference opponent) ... The 36 points by St. John's mark its second-lowest point total in the 23-game series against the Fighting Irish, and the 16th time Notre Dame has held the Red Storm to 60 points or fewer ... the Fighting Irish dished out at least 20 assists for the 12th time this season ... Notre Dame also registered double-digit steals for the 16th time this year ... the Fighting Irish shot better than 45 percent from the field for the 18th time this season ... Notre Dame outrebounded its opponents by a double-digit margin for the 10th time this year ... the Fighting Irish jump to 204-17 (.923) since the start of 2000-01 when leading at the half, including an active 41-game winning streak ... Notre Dame also elevates to 222-15 (.937) when allowing fewer than 60 points in a game since it joined the BIG EAST in 1995-96, including a 14-0 record this season ... the Fighting Irish earn their 350th all-time win at Purcell Pavilion, moving to 350-88 (.799) at the venerable Notre Dame arena, including a 109-19 (.852) record in BIG EAST play ... senior forward/co-captain Becca Bruszewski scored a season-high 19 points and becomes the sixth different Fighting Irish player to lead the team in scoring at least once this season ... senior forward Devereaux Peters recorded her fifth double-double of the season, all in the past nine games -- she also posted her sixth double-digit rebounding game in that time ... Peters added a season-high five blocks, one shy of her career best set in last year's regular season matchup at St. John's (Feb. 16, 2010) ... Peters was one of three Notre Dame players to record a "5-5-5" game on Sunday -- it was Peters' second of the season and fifth of her career, while sophomore guard Skylar Diggins posted her third of the year and 11th of her career, and senior guard/co-captain Brittany Mallory charted her first of the season and fifth of her career ... Diggins handed out at least five assists for the fifth consecutive game, eighth time in the past 10 games and 14th time this season ... Notre Dame attracted its third sellout crowd of the season (9,149), ninth in the past year-and-a-half, and the 15th in program history.