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Feb. 24, 1998

Notre Dame Concludes Regular Season with 71-64 Victory over Rutgers

Game Statistics

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Notre Dame used a stifling second-half defense to erase a five-point first-half deficit and freshman Ruth Riley scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Irish to a 71-64 victory over Rutgers, snapping the Scarlet Knights' 10-game win streak.

Notre Dame shot a sizzling 51.2 percent from the field and limited Rutgers to just 37.0 percent accuracy in the second half as the Irish outscored the Scarlet Knights 21-9 in the first 10 minutes of the second half.

With the victory, the Irish improve to 18-8 on the season and 12-6 in the BIG EAST, while Rutgers drops to 18-8 and 14-4 in league play.

The win was the 11th straight for the Irish at home and the 12th of the season. The 12 victories are the most for the Irish in 21 seasons playing at the Joyce Center.

Notre Dame trailed for only the eighth time at the half this season, 33-28. Heading into the contest, the Irish were 0-7 in those contest. Rutgers built its halftime advantage by forcing 14 first-half turnovers with its defensive intensity. Shawnetta Stewart, who finished with 17 points, had 12 in the first half.

The Irish committed 24 turnovers in the first half and shot 48.0 percent from the field.

Notre Dame's defensive intensity was the key to the second half as they took advantage of 15 Scarlet Knight turnovers in the final 20 minutes of the contest.

Riley 's 23 points and 12 rebounds marked her ninth double-double of the season. Sheila McMillen and Niele Ivey were also in double figures scoring 16 and 15 points, respectively.

Notre Dame also helped itself in the second half by hitting 21-of-27 free throw attempts.

Rutgers was whistled for 22 fouls in the game and were 0-3 from the line in the second half.

Natasha Pointer led the Scarlet Knights with 21 points in the contest.

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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