Dec. 21, 2007
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Charel Allen had 12 points and five steals and No. 17 Notre Dame defeated IUPUI 67-44 on Friday night for its eighth straight win.
Jernisha Cann led IUPUI with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Julia Whitted added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Jaguars (3-9), who have lost six straight.
Notre Dame forced 28 turnovers in IUPUI's second-ever home game against a ranked opponent. The Irish held the Jaguars to 24 percent shooting in the second half.
The first half was close throughout before Notre Dame finally asserted itself with a 9-0 run that gave the Irish a 34-27 halftime lead. IUPUI shot 50 percent in the first half, but committed 15 turnovers.
The Irish opened the second half on an 8-0 run to push the lead to 42-27. Notre Dame's Ashley Barlow, playing in her hometown for the first time as a college player, scored her first points on a bucket with 16:33 to play, sparking a loud cheer. A section of about 200 fans held up light green signs that read "Go Ashley."
Notre Dame's biggest lead was 28 points in the second half.
POST GAME NOTES: Notre Dame is off to a 10-1 start for the third time in school history, matching its 11-game record in 2004-05 and one game back of its 11-0 debut in the 2000-01 national championship season ... the Irish reach the 10-win mark faster than any team in school history except the '04-05 club, which got its 10th victory two days earlier on Dec. 19 (the '00-01 squad also earned win #10 on Dec. 21) ... Notre Dame held an opponent to 50 points or fewer for the sixth time in 11 games this year ... the Irish limited IUPUI to an opponent-season-low 17 points in the second half, the fewest points by an Irish opponent in any half since Feb. 4, 2007, when West Virginia only managed 17 first-half points in a 77-67 ND win at the Joyce Center ... Notre Dame now has won 20 consecutive games coming off its final exam break, and wins its 12th consecutive contest going into the Christmas holiday ... for the fifth time this season (and second consecutive game), the Irish forced at least 25 opponent turnovers ... Notre Dame has registered double-digit steals in each game of its current win streak ... the Irish bench has outscored the opposition's reserves in every game this season, averaging nearly 33 points per night ... senior guard Tulyah Gaines tied her career high with nine assists, matching the mark she set twice before (most recently at home against Syracuse on Jan. 20, 2007) ... senior guard Charel Allen tied her career high with five steals, a mark she's reached four times previously, including Nov. 24 vs. Boston College at the Joyce Center ... Allen also moved into 16th place on the Notre Dame career scoring list with 1,203 points, passing both Krissi Davis (1,194 points from 1987-91) and Heidi Bunek (1985-89) with her team-high 12 points at IUPUI; next up for Allen is Letitia Bowen, who scored 1,219 points from 1991-95 ... freshman forward Devereaux Peters scored in double figures for the fifth time in six games and also recorded at least three blocks for the sixth time this season ... sophomore center Erica Williamson scored a season-high nine points.