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Nov. 18, 1997

Notre Dame Posts 71-65 Win over Butler in Season Opener

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The Notre Dame women's basketball team, behind junior guard Sheila McMillen's 17 points, held off a second-half rally by Butler as the Irish went on to post a 71-65 victory over Butler in the season opener before 1,011 fans at the Joyce Center.

Prior to the start of the contest, a banner commemorating Notre Dame's first-ever Final Four appearance was unveiled.

Notre Dame started strong in the first half as the Irish built an early double-digit lead and led by as many as 22 with 4:20 to play in the first half. Notre Dame held the Bulldogs to 23.8 percent shooting in the first half and forced 12 turnovers. The Irish held a 15-point advantage at the half as McMillen canned a 16-foot jumper in the lane as time ran out.

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Butler began the second half with a 13-6 run and cut the lead to eight, 45-37, on Lori Ives' jumper from the right baseline with 13:53 left to play in the contest. The Irish then scored six straight points to build a 14-point lead on McMillen's two free throws and back-to-back jumpers by she and Julie Henderson.

The teams traded baskets and the Irish led 58-46 with 7:35 remaining in the contest.

Butler cut the lead to four several times, but down the stretch, Notre Dame's young team kept its poise down the stretch.

Butler's Jennifer Marlow led all scorers with 20 points, while Sarah Schuetz chipped in 16, including 14 in the second half. Sarah Hurrle finished with a game-high 11 rebounds in the game as Butler dropped to 1-1 on the season.

In addition to McMillen, Mollie Peirick and Kelley Siemon were also in double figures scoring 12 points and 11 points, respectively. Peirick also fished with a game-high eight assists.

Notre Dame returns to action on Saturday, November 22 when the Irish travel to Durham, N.C. to face the 18th-ranked Blue Devils. Tip-off is at 7:00 p.m.

Event Calendar

Delta

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
TBA
Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
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
TBA
DePaul
Chicago, Ill. (McGrath-Phillips Arena)
December 18
2:00 PM
Toledo
Toledo, Ohio (Savage Arena)
December 20
TBA
Michigan State
East Lansing, Mich. (Breslin Center)
December 27
TBA
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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