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Feb. 24, 1998

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

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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.

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