Women's Basketball


Feb. 18, 1998

Notre Dame Wins 10th Straight Home Game with 80-54 Win over Georgetown

Game Statistics

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Sheila McMillen scored a game-high 21 points, hitting her first six shots from the field, as Notre Dame won its 10th straight home game with a convincing 80-54 victory over Georgetown. The win marked the eighth straight time the Irish have beaten the Hoyas.

In winning its 11 home game of the 1997-98 campaign, the Irish improve to 17-7 overall and 11-5 in the BIG EAST, while Georgetown falls to 7-17 and 4-12 in the league.

The 11 home wins ties a Notre Dame single-season school record and marks the fifth time and third consecutive season that the Irish have won 11 games at home.

In addition to McMillen, freshman Ruth Riley was also in double figures as she finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds, her third straight double-double and eighth of the season.

Notre Dame out to any early lead in the contest and never looked back. Georgetown scored the first basket, but then the Irish took advantage of a Georgetown scoring drought and led by as many as 27 in the first half. The Hoyas went more than 11 minutes without a basket and scored just three free throws in that time.

Nathalie Bourdereau, who was the only Georgetown player in double figures as she finished with a career-high 20 points, made a layup at the 16:19 mark which made the score 10-6. The Hoyas, however, did not convert a basket until a Williams layup with 5:44 left to play in the first half as the visitors made just three free throws. With the drought, Notre Dame was able to open up a 23-point advantage.

Notre Dame's largest margin in the game was 30 points early into the second half as the Hoyas were only able to get as close as 20 points (64-44) with 5:22 left to play in the game.

The game was slowed by 53 total fouls in the contest. Notre Dame was sent to the free throw line 43 times and made 28 of those opportunities, while the Hoyas attempted 32 free throws and made 24.

Georgetown, which shot just 22.7 percent for the game, was 0-17 from three-point range. Notre Dame owned the boards 49-40, but committed 24 turnovers in the game.

The Irish return to action on Saturday, February 21 when they travel to Storrs, Conn., to face the second-ranked Connecticut Huskies at Gampel Pavilion.

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