Jan. 10, 1998
Balanced Attack Leads Notre Dame over St. John's
JAMAICA, N.Y. -- Four starters scored in double figures and the fifth had nine point to lead Notre Dame's women's basketball team to a 77-57 BIG EAST road win over St. John's. Senior Sheila McMillen went 6-9 from the field, including 4-7 from the three-point arc, to lead the Irish with 16 points while freshman Ruth Riley recorded her second consecutive double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. With its seventh straight win, Notre Dame improves to 10-4, 4-2 in the BIG EAST.
The Irish blitzed the Red Storm by jumping out to a 15-4 lead in the first 4:28 of the game thanks to seven points by McMillen. Staten Island, N.Y., native, Diana Braendley would give Notre Dame its biggest lead of the first half when she hit a layup for a 39-19 lead with just 33 second left. The Irish hit the lockeroom at halftime with a 39-21 lead and forced the Red Storm into 13 first-half turnovers while Notre Dame dished off 13 first-half assists.
McMillen came out hot once again in the second half with five of Notre Dame's first 10 points of the second half to lead 49-27 with 16:48 left in the game. The Irish would go on a 12-0 run to build a 31-point lead at 14:02. Notre Dame would then coast to its fourth win in as many games against St. John's, building a 35-point lead at 73-38 with 6:02 left in the game before the Red Storm scored 19 of the last 23 points of the game for the final 77-57 margin.
Mollie Peirick finished with 12 points and eight assists while Kelley Siemon was 4-4 from the field and 3-4 from the foul line for 11 points. Notre Dame shot 51 percent from the field while its defense held St. John's to 31 percent shooting.
The Irish return to action when they play host to BIG EAST rival West Virginia on Wed., Jan. 14, at 7:00 at the Joyce Center.