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    Mar. 1, 1998

    Women's Basketball Advances to BIG EAST Semifinals

    Irish Beat Villanova 56-48

    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Freshman center Ruth Riley scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds and junior guard Danielle Green came off the bench to score 17 points as fifth-seeded Notre Dame defeated fourth-seeded Villanova 56-48 on Sunday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST women's basketball tournament.

    The Irish, 20-8 overall, will play the winner of the Connecticut-West Virginia game Monday at 6 p.m. Villanova fell to 19-9 overall. Notre Dame avenged an earlier loss to Villanova this season, a 70-54 Wildcat victory on January 28 at Villanova, Pa.

    Notre Dame led 20-17 at the half but a 20-10 Villanova run to open the second half gave the Wildcats a 37-30 lead with 13:43 remaining. The Irish responded with a 15-0 run over the next five minutes. Green scored eight of her nine second half points during that stretch and she gave the Irish the lead for good with a lay-up with 10:34 remaining in the contest.

    The Irish used a strong defensive effort to key the victory. One day after allowing St. John's 57 points, Notre Dame held Villanova to 48 points and 32.7 percent field goal shooting.

    Notre Dame's sixth win in its last seven outings enabled the Irish to reach the 20-win plateau for the fifth consecutive season.

    NOTRE DAME SEMIFINAL GAME WILL BE TELEVISED

    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ. -- The BIG EAST women's basketball semifinal game between Notre Dame and the winner of the Connecticut-West Virginia game will be televised live by the BIG EAST TV.

    Locally, the game can be seen on WHME-TV in South Bend and will start Monday at 6 p.m.

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