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    Dec. 28, 1997

    Notre Dame Downs San Francisco 62-47

    NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Senior guard Mollie Peirick scored a game-high 17 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds in leading the Notre Dame women's basketball team to a 62-47 victory over visiting San Francisco in the first-ever meeting between the two teams. With the win, its third straight, the Irish improve to 6-4 on the season.

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    Mollie Peirick.

    The contest was Notre Dame's first since a 73-50 victory over South Florida on December 13.

    Also in double figures for Notre Dame was freshman Ruth Riley who finished with 11 points and seven rebounds.

    Notre Dame, which trailed by six early in the first half, but held a six-point advantage, 29-23, at the half. The Irish used a 16-2 spurt in the first eight minutes of the second half to build an 18-point advantage, 45-27, with 12:34 left to play in the contest.

    The Lady Dons shot just 30.4 percent in the second half connecting on just seven of 23 field goals after shooting 50 percent (10-20) in the first 20 minutes of the contest. The Irish converted just 13-of-38 field goal attempts in the first half (34.2 percent), but came back in the second half to hit 14-31 for 45.2 percent.

    Both team struggled for the free throw line as Notre Dame hit just 50 percent (4-8), while the San Francisco connected on just 10-19 for 52.6 percent accuracy from the charity stripe.

    Notre Dame owned a decisive rebounding advantage on the boards, outrebounding the Lady Dons 48-31. Freshman Meaghan Leahy also had nine rebounds in the contest, a personal best for her.

    Junior guard Sheila McMillen, who missed the South Florida game with a hip flexor, returned to the lineup. Although she did not start, McMillen came off the bench to play 20 minutes. She scored seven points, grabbed three rebounds and dished off a game-high five assists.

    San Francisco, which fell to 3-7 on the season, had two players in double figures, Lindsey Huff and Denise Woods, who finished with 14 points and 12 points, respectively.

    Notre Dame shut down the Lady Dons and forced 24 turnovers in the contest.

    Today's contest was the final non-conference game for Notre Dame this season. The Irish return to action on Wednesday, December 31 when Notre Dame travels to Pittsburgh for its third BIG EAST test of the 1997-98 campaign. Tip-off for the contest is a noon.

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