Dec. 11, 2010
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.
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.
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.