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    Nov. 22, 1997

    Late Second Half rally Lifts #19 Duke To 80-62 Victory Over Notre Dame

    DURHAM, N.C. - Nicole Erickson led four Duke starters in double figures to lead 19th-ranked Duke to a 80-62 victory over visiting Notre Dame. The Blue Devils outscored the Irish 25-8 in the final 8:13 of the contest.

    Notre Dame, which trailed 38-29 at the half, fought its way back in the second half and cut the deficit to one, 55-54 with 8:13 left to play in the contest on Sheila McMillen's driving layup. Following McMillen's basket, back-to-back layups by Peppi Brown and Naz Medhanie hit a layup to put Duke back up to five. Julie Henderson's eight-foot jumper cut the lead to three, 59-56, with 7:16 to play, but then the Blue Devils used a 18-6 spurt over the next seven minutes to put the game away.

    Erickson hit all six of her three-point attempts as she finished with a game-high 18 points. Payton Bloack had 16 points, Michele VanGorp added 13 and Browne netted 12 points as Duke improved to 2-0 on the season.

    Mollie Peirick led Notre dame with 11 points, while Kelley Siemon and Julie Henderson each added 10 points. Peirick also finished with a game-high nine rebounds.

    Notre Dame, which fell to 1-1 on the season, committed just six turnovers in the second half after having 12 in the first 20 minutes of the contest.

    For the second straight game, the Irish struggled from the free throw line hitting just 13 of its 26 attempts. Duke also was inconsistent from the line hitting only 54.3 percent (19 of 35). The two teams were whistled for 52 fouls. Siemon and Ruth Riley each fould out in the game.

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