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Irish Dominate No. 9 Tar Heels, 99-86
Notre Dame's Monique Hernandez faces up with North Carolina's Juana Brown  Saturday.
 
Notre Dame's Monique Hernandez faces up with North Carolina's Juana Brown Saturday.

Dec. 4, 1999

Box Score

RICHMOND, Va. - Most freshman athletes spend their time adjusting to a new system and a faster-paced game. One Notre Dame player, though is already learning faster - and playing better - than anyone expected.

Alicia Ratay had 32 points and No. 11 Notre Dame shot 20-for-28 in the second half Saturday to defeat No. 9 North Carolina 99-86 in the opening round of the Wachovia Women's Invitational Tournament.

Notre Dame (3-1) will play Liberty in the championship Sunday while North Carolina (4-2) will face Richmond in the consolation. Liberty defeated Richmond 94-75 in the tournament's opener.

The Irish led 42-39 at halftime, then started the second half with a 23-4 run led by Ratay's 13 points.

Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said Ratay's play was unusual given her inexperience.

"I'm very pleased with Ratay. You don't expect a freshman to take over in a big game and she did today," McGraw said.

Ratay was an impressive 6-of-8 from 3-point range and 12-of-15 overall. She also grabbed six rebounds.

Ericka Haney had 18 points and 14 rebounds and Niele Ivey had 17 points and 13 assists for Notre Dame.

LaQuanda Barksdale had 18 points for North Carolina.

"Notre Dame is a great team they did a good job against us," North Carolina coach Sylvia Hatchell said. "Ninety-nine points doesn't say much for our defense."


 

 

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7:00 PM
Roberts Wesleyan
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November 11
7:00 PM
Central Michigan Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 14
7:00 PM
WNIT Quarterfinals
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 17
7:00 PM
WNIT Semifinals
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ACC Network Extra
November 20
3:00 PM
WNIT Final
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

CBS Sports Network
November 22
8:00 PM
UL-Lafayette
Houston, Texas (Campbell Center)
November 26
1:00 PM
TCU
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
November 30
9:00 PM
Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)

BTN
December 4
1:00 PM
Valparaiso
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
December 7
7:00 PM
UConn
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ESPN2
December 10
8:00 PM
DePaul
Chicago, Ill. (McGrath-Phillips Arena)
December 18
2:00 PM
Toledo
Toledo, Ohio (Savage Arena)
December 20
7:00 PM
Michigan State
East Lansing, Mich. (Breslin Center)

BTN
December 27
6:30 PM
Chattanooga
Chattanooga, Tenn. (McKenzie Arena)
December 29
7:00 PM
North Carolina State
Raleigh, N.C. (Reynolds Coliseum)

ACC Network Extra
January 2
7:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, Ga. (McCamish Pavilion)
January 5
7:00 PM
Wake Forest
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
January 8
3:00 PM
Miami
Coral Gables, Fla. (BankUnited Center)

ESPN Flex
January 12
7:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Notre Dame, Ind.

ACC Network Extra
January 16
7:00 PM
Tennessee
Knoxville, Tenn. (Thompson-Boling Arena)

ESPN2
January 19
7:00 PM
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Mass. (Conte Forum)
January 22
12:00 PM
North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. (Carmichael Arena)

ESPNU
January 26
7:00 PM
Duke
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
January 29
12:00 PM
Virginia
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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February 2
7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Va. (Cassell Coliseum)
February 6
7:00 PM
Louisville
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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February 12
1:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

ACC Network Extra
February 16
7:00 PM
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Clemson, S.C. (Littlejohn Coliseum)
February 19
5:00 PM
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Syracuse, N.Y. (Carrier Dome)

ESPN2
February 23
7:00 PM
Boston College
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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February 26
1:00 PM
Florida State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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March 17
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TBD
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TBA
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TBD
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TBA
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Dallas, Texas (American Airlines Center)
April 2
TBA
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Dallas, Texas (American Airlines Center)

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