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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.

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