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Notre Dame And Purdue Women's Basketball Squads Square Off In Intrastate Battle
Ruth Riley is averaging 14.8 points per game this season.
 
Ruth Riley is averaging 14.8 points per game this season.

Dec. 7, 1999

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- A pair of star players take center stage at Mackey Arena on Wednesday as Ruth Riley leads seventh-ranked Notre Dame against Katie Douglas and No. 18 Purdue.

Riley, who is averaging 14.8 points, had 32 points on Saturday as Notre Dame (4-1) downed Liberty, 85-68, to win the Wachovia Women's Invitational Tournament. The junior center also pulled down seven rebounds as she was named MVP of the four-team tournament.

"I was disappointed with how I started the season, getting into foul trouble a lot," said Riley, who has averaged only 20.8 minutes per game. "I felt like coming in that was the first thing I needed to take care: playing smart and being able to stay in the game."

Riley has an excellent scoring partner in freshman guard Alicia Ratay. She is averaging 18.4 points per game and shooting 52.6 percent. Ratay added 17 points and five assists in Saturday's victory, hitting 6-of-10 shots.

Purdue's Douglas, a sophomore, is averaging 22 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists. The defending national champions snapped a two-game losing streak Saturday by edging Indiana State, 69-67, in the Big Four Classic at Bloomington.

Candi Crawford had a layup with 21 seconds to play as Purdue (5-1) rallied from a 10-point deficit. Camille Cooper had 23 points and 11 rebounds and was named Big Ten Player of the Week after averaging 20 points and 11 rebounds in two games.

Purdue has a 20-game winning streak at Mackey Arena, the third-longest active streak in the nation behind Grambling and Kent.

The Boilermakers lead the all-time series 8-2 and posted a 70-65 victory over the Fighting Irish in the regional semifinals of the 1998 NCAA tournament.


 

 

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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
TBA
Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa
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
TBA
DePaul
Chicago, Ill. (McGrath-Phillips Arena)
December 18
2:00 PM
Toledo
Toledo, Ohio (Savage Arena)
December 20
TBA
Michigan State
East Lansing, Mich. (Breslin Center)
December 27
TBA
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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