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No. 18 Notre Dame Crushes Creighton, 91-54
Sophomore guard Skylar Diggins scored a game-high 18 points as 18th-ranked Notre Dame cruised past Creighton, 91-54 on Saturday afternoon at Purcell Pavilion.
 
Sophomore guard Skylar Diggins scored a game-high 18 points as 18th-ranked Notre Dame cruised past Creighton, 91-54 on Saturday afternoon at Purcell Pavilion.

Dec. 11, 2010

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Post-game Press Conference

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Skylar Diggins scored 18 points to lead No. 18 Notre Dame to an easy 91-54 win over Creighton on Saturday.

Diggins hit a 3-pointer with 8:13 left to put Notre Dame (8-3) up by 30, and Creighton (4-4) never got the lead below that margin for the remainder of the game.

Becca Bruszewski had 17 points and six rebounds, and Natalie Novosel, the Irish's leading scorer, had 11 points - four below her season average.

Natalie Achonwa scored 12 points in the first half on 6-for-7 shooting and finished with 14 for Notre Dame.

Sam Schuett had 13 points and eight rebounds, and Kelly Woodward and Ally Jensen each scored 11 points for the Bluejays.

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POST GAME NOTES: Notre Dame posts its school-record fifth win of the season by 35-plus points, topping the previous standard of four set in 2008-09 ... the Fighting Irish also have six 30-point victories, more than halfway to the program record of 10 set in 2000-01 ... Notre Dame eclipsed the 90-point mark for the fifth time this year, closing in on the school record of seven 90-point games set three times before (1996-97, 1998-99 and 2007-08) ... the Fighting Irish shot a season-high 63.3 percent (38-of-60) from the floor, their best field goal percentage in a single game since Nov. 23, 2008, when they connected at a .646 clip (42-of-65) in a 102-54 win at Boston College ... Notre Dame's .655 second-half field goal percentage (19-of-29) was its best in a single half since Jan. 10, 2009, when it shot .667 (18-of-27) from the floor in the second half of an 84-63 win over Georgetown at Purcell Pavilion ... the Fighting Irish shot better than 60 percent from the field in both halves of a game for the first time since Feb. 13, 2008 (62.1 and 66.7) in a 99-76 win over Marquette at Purcell Pavilion ... for the second consecutive game, Notre Dame was charged with just 10 turnovers ... the Fighting Irish were facing Creighton for the first time in 28 years, 11 months and two days (Jan. 9, 1982 - 69-48 Notre Dame win at St. Paul, Minn.), the longest hiatus between series games in the 34-year history of Notre Dame women's basketball ... the Fighting Irish earn their eighth consecutive win against the current Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) alignment and improve to 26-2 (.929) all-time against the Valley, including a 13-1 (.929) record at home, where they also have now won 12 in a row against that league ... Notre Dame rises to 17-1 (.944) against the MVC during the 24-year Muffet McGraw era (1987-88 to present), including a spotless 10-0 record at Purcell Pavilion ... the Fighting Irish had four players score in double figures for the eighth time this season (6-2 record) ... for the third consecutive game, freshman forward Natalie Achonwa posted a season/career-high scoring total, finishing with 14 points (7-8 FG) which also matched the most points scored by a Notre Dame reserve this season (freshman guard Kayla McBride hit that mark on Nov. 15 vs. Morehead State and junior forward Erica Solomon matched it on Nov. 27 against Wake Forest - both games were at Purcell Pavilion) ... in the past three games, Achonwa is averaging 13.0 ppg. with a .708 field goal percentage (17-of-24); in two games this week, she averaged 13.5 ppg. with a near-perfect .857 field goal percentage (12-of-14) and had a "point-a-minute" week with 27 points in 26 minutes ... senior forward Becca Bruszewski dropped in a season-high 17 points ... senior guard Brittany Mallory tied her career high with seven assists (also vs. Charlotte on Dec. 20, 2009 at Purcell Pavilion) ... senior forward Devereaux Peters dished out a career-high six assists, after having four assists in a game on four separate occasions (most recently on Wednesday night at Providence) ... sophomore guard Kaila Turner tied her career best with five assists, having hit that mark in two prior outings (most recently on Nov. 26 against IUPUI at Purcell Pavilion) ... senior walk-on forward Mary Forr sank the "Big Mac Basket" on Saturday, putting Notre Dame over the 88-point mark at home for the sixth time this season (counting the exhibition win over Michigan Tech) and sending each of the 8,848 fans in attendance home with a coupon for a free Big Mac from South Bend-area McDonald's restaurants ... several hundred stuffed animals were collected at halftime during Notre Dame's annual "Teddy Bear Toss," with all collections going to area charities including Riley Children's Hospital.

 

 

Event Calendar

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November 3
7:00 PM
Roberts Wesleyan
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)
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
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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)

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

ESPN2
February 12
1:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Notre Dame, Ind. (Purcell Pavilion)

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

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

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

ESPN2
March 17
TBA
NCAA First/Second Rounds
TBD
March 24
TBA
NCAA Regionals
TBD
March 31
TBA
NCAA Semifinals
Dallas, Texas (American Airlines Center)
April 2
TBA
NCAA Final
Dallas, Texas (American Airlines Center)

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