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Nov. 28, 1997

McMillen's 23 Points Leads Notre Dame Women's Basketball Team to 86-75 Road Win at UC Santa Barbara

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Sheila McMillen scored a game-high 23 points, one shy of her career best, and led four Notre Dame players in double figures as the Irish posted an 86-75 win at UC Santa Barbara on Friday night.

Notre Dame, playing its second of four straight road and first on a two-game West coast trip, rebounded from its 18-point loss (80-62) to Duke last Saturday night and improved to 2-1 on the season.

Joining McMillen in double figures was junior guard Danielle Green who scored a career-high 19 points. Green shot 60 percent from the field as she made six of 10 from the field. Mollie Peirick added 14 points and a game-high seven rebounds, while Niele Ivey chipped in a personal best 10 points as she registered double figures for the first time in her career.

Peirick scored all 14 of her points in the second half as she keyed a Notre Dame spurt at the start of the second half which saw the Irish pull away from the Gauchos, who dropped to 2-2 on the season.

Notre Dame shot 46.8 percent from the field and outrebounded UC Santa Barbara 41-34 in the contest. The Irish, who had struggled from the free throw line in its three previous outings, were 18 of 22 from the charity striped (74.2 percent). McMillen led the Irish from the line hitting 11 of 13 attempts.

After a tight first half in which no team led by more than five points, the Irish held a 32-29 advantage at halftime. Notre Dame outscored UC Santa Barbara 21-13 in the first seven minutes of the second half to build an 11-point lead on Peirick's layup with 12:50 remaining in the contest.

Notre Dame held an 11-point advantage for the remaininder of the contest as the Gauchos could get no closer than seven points twice in final six minutes of the contest.

Green scored 13 of her personal best 19 points in the second half.

"This was a good win for us," Irish head coach Muffet McGraw. "We're beginning an extremely tough stretch so we need to get off to a good start. Mollie got us off to a quick start in the second half and we had great contributions from everyone coming off the bench. I was pleased with our effort and the way we came back after our loss to Duke last Saturday night."

Notre Dame finishes out its two-game West coast road swing at UCLA on Sunday, November 30 at noon (P.S.T). The contest against the Bruins will be the 11th meeting ever between the two schools.

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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