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    Feb. 28, 1998

    Women's Basketball Defeats St. Johns

    Irish Break BIG EAST and School Records in Victory

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ. -- Notre Dame scored the first 14 points of the game and built a 27-point halftime advantage as the Irish defeated St. John's 94-57 in the first round of the 1998 BIG EAST Women's Basketball Tournament.

    Irish junior guard Shelia McMillen set a BIG EAST Conference Tournament record and a school record connecting on eight three-point goals in 12 attempts en route to a game-high 24 points. As a team, Notre Dame connected on 13 three-point goals to break both a league tournament record and a school record.

    Notre Dame senior guard Mollie Peirick had 11 points, eight assists and five rebounds and became the 13th player in school history to score 1,000 career points. A native of Eureka, Mo., Peirick achieved the milestone on a three-point basket in the first half.

    Sophomore forward Julie Henderson was also in double figures for the Irish with 14 points and eight rebounds off the bench.

    Notre Dame used a suffocating defense to limit the Red Storm to just five first half field goals in racing to a 47-20 halftime advantage. After St. John's opened the second half with a three-point goal, the Irish responded with 17 straight points to push the lead to 41 points.

    Notre Dame, which led by as many as 48 points in the second half, is just one win shy of its fifth consecutive 20-win season. The Irish, 19-8 overall, will play Villanova tomorrow at noon in the quarterfinal round. The Wildcats, playing at home, defeated the Irish 70-54 on January 28.

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