Nov. 23, 2008
BOSTON (AP) -- Becca Bruszewski scored 18 points to lead six players in double figures and No. 15 Notre Dame shot 65 percent from the field to cruise to a 102-54 win over Boston College on Sunday.
Carolyn Swords led the Eagles (3-1) with 16 points and seven rebounds.
Notre Dame led 49-25 at halftime and never had its lead fall below 20 points in the second half.
The Irish used an 8-0 run early in the contest to open their first double-digit lead of the game (20-10) on Bruszewski's jumper. They closed the first half by outscoring the Eagles, 15-3, over the final 4:13. Mallory scored five points and Williamson had a pair of baskets in the run as Notre Dame used a tight defense on the perimeter that lead to a number turnovers and easy transition baskets.
The Irish shot 59 percent in the opening 20 minutes. BC committed 17 of its 28 turnovers in opening half.
POST GAME NOTES: Notre Dame is off to a 3-0 start for the first time since the 2005-06 season ... after going 30 seasons without scoring in triple digits on an opponent's home floor, the Irish have now done it in consecutive seasons, also winning at Georgetown, 104-86, on Jan. 19, 2008 ... Notre Dame's 48-point margin of victory is its largest since a 53-point win (94-41) at Central Michigan on Nov. 20, 2007; it's also the third-largest winning margin ever on an opponent's home floor (second-largest of the 22-year Muffet McGraw era) behind the CMU game and an 84-27 win at Valparaiso on Jan. 21, 1982 ... the Irish post consecutive 95-point games for the first time in school history and back-to-back 90-point games for the first time since Jan. 23, 26 & 30, 1999, when they reeled off a school-record three in a row (99-60 vs. St. John's, 94-61 at Syracuse, 97-59 at Providence); it's also the eighth time in school history Notre Dame has posted consecutive 90-point outings, all in the McGraw era ... the combined 198 points in the past two games are the most for the Irish since Jan. 2 & 7, 1999, when they chalked up 204 points in wins at Georgetown (93-61) and home vs. West Virginia (111-90) ... Notre Dame hands Boston College its largest margin of defeat ever at home, eclipsing a 43-point loss to Central Connecticut State on Feb. 26, 1976 (a game played at BC's original home, the Roberts Center); BC's previous largest loss at its current home, Silvio O. Conte Forum (which opened in 1988), had come on Dec. 12, 1992, a 104-65 loss to Ohio State ... Notre Dame registers the second-highest point total ever by a visitor at Conte Forum, topped only by OSU's 104 points in that 1992 victory ... the six double-figure scorers are the most for the Irish since Jan. 19, 2008, when they had seven reach double digits in that 104-86 win at Georgetown ... the Irish earn their first victory in an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) arena since Nov. 30, 1996, when they logged a 76-69 win at Georgia Tech in the title game of the Comfort Inn Downtown Classic ... Notre Dame improves to 12-6 all-time against Boston College and earns back-to-back wins at Conte Forum for the first time in series history ... since the teams split the first six games in the series, Notre Dame has won nine of the past 12 ... Sunday's 102 points and 48-point victory margin both were series highs; the previous highs were 91 points scored (91-64 win at home on Feb. 12, 1997) and a 30-point margin (88-58 on Nov. 24, 2007, also at the Joyce Center) ... Notre Dame narrowly missed reaching the seemingly-unreachable school record for field goals made in a game (44), which has been set three times, but not since Dec. 21, 1990, in a 109-56 home win over Marquette (44-of-73 that night) ... the Irish post their best field goal percentage in a single game since Feb. 12, 1997, when Notre Dame shot .680 from the floor (34-of-50) in the aforementioned 91-64 win over Boston College at the Joyce Center ... the Irish were red-hot from the three-point line, going 7-of-8 (.875) from distance for their best long-range shooting performance (minimum of five attempts) since Nov. 17, 2004, when Notre Dame tallied a school-record 5-for-5 outing in a 76-65 win over sixth-ranked Duke in the Preseason WNIT semifinals at the Joyce Center ... for the fourth time in six games (dating back to last season), sophomore forward Becca Bruszewski tied or broke her career-high scoring total, with Sunday's 18 points matching the freshly-minted mark she had set four days earlier at home against Evansville ... freshman forward Erica Solomon turned in a "point-a-minute" effort in just her third collegiate game with a season-high 15 points in 14 minutes, the first for an Irish player (with a minimum of 10 minutes played) since Nov. 9, 2007, when Lindsay Schrader had 20 points in 17 minutes of a 98-50 win over Miami (Ohio) in the first round of the Preseason WNIT at the Joyce Center ... sophomore guard Brittany Mallory finished with 14 points, one away from the career high she set in the only other 100-point road game in school history (Jan. 19, 2008 at Georgetown); Mallory also almost duplicated Solomon's "point-a-minute" performance, ringing up her total in 15 minutes ... junior guard Ashley Barlow had a career-high seven steals, the most for an Irish player since Jan. 16, 2008, when Devereaux Peters also had seven thefts in a 69-58 win over Villanova at the Joyce Center ... Barlow also matched her career best with six assists, a mark she established twice at home last season (against Canisius on Nov. 27, 2007, and Marquette on Feb. 13, 2008) ... in addition, Barlow extended her streak of double-digit scoring games to eight in a row, stretching back to the end of last year.