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    Dec. 31, 1997

    Notre Dame Drops Pittsburgh on New Year's Eve

    Game Statistics

    PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh women's basketball team lost to Notre Dame, 66-46, in a New Year's Eve day contest. The victory marks the fourth straight for the Irish and their first Big East Conference win.

    Notre Dame took an early lead with a lay-up by Kelley Siemon at 18:38 and followed with a 3-pointer by Mollie Peirick. Siemon scored her second lay-up at the 15:58 mark. Alecia Balich (Chino Hills, Calif./Ayala) responded with a jumper 17 seconds later and added a 3-pointer a minute later.

    The Fighting Irish shot 30 percent (9-30) from the floor, while the Panthers shot 21 percent (5-24) in the first half. Notre Dame held a 21-17 lead at halftime.

    Notre Dame secured their lead by registering 14 points in a five minute span in the second half, while Pittsburgh netted just two. Pittsburgh rallied making 9-14 free throws in the half, but could not pull ahead of the Irish.

    The Fighting Irish shot 38 percent (22-58) for the game, while the Panthers shot 29 percent (15-51). From the free-throw line, Notre Dame shot 74 percent (17-23) compared to Pittsburgh's 65 percent (15-23).

    Balich totaled a team-high 11 points for the game, while Sheila McMillen scored a team-high of 17 for Notre Dame. Peirick added an additional 11 points in the win.

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