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Dec. 6, 1997

Connecticut Downs Notre Dame

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- For the second straight game, the Notre Dame women's basketball team was plagued by turnovers and poor shooting as the Irish lost for the second time in as many games in dropping a 78-59 decision at home to second-ranked Connecticut.

Connecticut All-American Nykesha Sales led all scorers with a game-high 21 points as she connected on all 10 of her shots from the field. Sales, who was plagued by foul trouble in the first half, played just 26 minutes of the contest in leading four Huskie players in double figures.

Mollie Peirick led the Irish with 13 points, while Niele Ivey career highs of 11 points and six steals. They were the only two Notre Dame players in double figures as the Irish shot 36.1 percent for the game, hitting just 10 of 32 from the field (31.3 percent) in the second half.

Notre Dame, which fell to 3-3 and 0-2 in the BIG EAST, dropped its second straight game for the first time since the 1994-95 campaign. It was the seventh straight loss for the Irish against the Huskies who have won all seven meetings between the two schools. The 59 points scored by the Irish were the fewest at home since a 62-55 loss to Seton Hall on December 11, 1993.

The Irish trailed by just five at halftime (35-30) after falling behind by 17 midway through the first half. After Stacy Hansmeyer's jumper at the 9:23 mark which put Connecticut up 31-14, the Huskies failed to score a basket for the remainder of the first half, hitting just four free throws and Notre Dame was able to climb back into the game. Sales played only eight minutes in the first half after getting two quick fouls, but left the game with 10 points.

Connecticut opened the second half by outscoring the Irish 21-10 in the first nine minutes following intermission and led by as many as 19 with 9:10 left to play in the contest. The Huskies shot 56.5 percent in the second half and 49.0 percent for the game.

Hansmeyer added 13 and a game-high 9 rebounds for Connecticut, which improved to 7-0 overall and 2-0 in the BIG EAST. Also in double figures were Paige Sauer and Svetlana Abrosimova who chipped in 12 points each.

Notre Dame returns to action on Monday, December 8 when the Irish travel to Madison, Wisc., to take on the 19th-ranked Badgers.

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
9:00 PM
Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa (Carver-Hawkeye Arena)

BTN
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
8:00 PM
DePaul
Chicago, Ill. (McGrath-Phillips Arena)
December 18
2:00 PM
Toledo
Toledo, Ohio (Savage Arena)
December 20
7:00 PM
Michigan State
East Lansing, Mich. (Breslin Center)

BTN
December 27
6:30 PM
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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