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Red Flash unable to handle No. 5 Irish

January 1, 2013
From Mirror, wire reports

From Mirror, wire reports

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Markisha Wright scored 20 points off the bench for No. 5 Notre Dame in a 128-55 romp past St. Francis on Monday.

Notre Dame (10-1) dominated on both ends of the floor, forcing 33 turnovers and turning those into 49 points. The Irish, who've played in the last two NCAA finals, led 63-25 at the break, their largest halftime lead of the season.

Alexa Hayward continued her hot shooting, connecting on three 3-pointers to the Red Flash (5-6) with 13 points. It was St. Francis' last game before entering Northeast Conference action on Saturday afteroon against Bryant at DeGol Arena.

"Today was a learning experience," SFU coach Joe Haigh said. "I told the team at halftime time that we will find out who wants to play. Everything is great when you are winning games but you really find out what people are made of when you're down. We responded and did a good job of playing tough in the second half."

Natalie Achonwa and Kayla McBride made easy shots from the low post for Notre Dame, many off give-and-gos from point guard Skylar Diggins - Diggins finished with 14 assists.

Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw had her reserves, including Wright, in the game with 13 minutes to play in the first half. It was the final pre-Big East tuneup for the Irish before their conference opener Jan. 5 at No. 1 Connecticut.

The 128 points for Notre Dame are the most ever scored in a game by the women's program. It is also the most points SFU has ever allowed. The 73-point differential is also an SFU school record.

The win is the second largest by any team in the nation this season, and the Irish's 128 points are the most scored by any women's team in Division I this season.

Notre Dame opened the game on a 31-6 run and limited the Red Flash to just one field goal in the first eight and half minutes.

Bishop Guilfoyle graduate Alli Williams started slow for SFU but finished the first half as the leading scorer for the Flash with six points. Williams also pulled down three rebounds, added two blocks and two assists in the first half; Williams fouled out for the second time this season, both coming against nationally ranked opponents.

Besides Wright, three other Irish players scored in double figures in led by Michaela Mabrey and Kayla McBride, who each tallied 13.

Notre Dame dominated play in the paint outscoring SFU, 36-8, in the first half. The Irish stretched the lead to as many as 40 and took a 63-25 advantage into the locker room.

The Flash connected on five second-half 3-pointers but it wasn't enough. The Irish shot 61.8 percent.

ST. FRANCIS (5-6): Fleming 2-4 1-2 5, Williams 3-7 2-5 9, Gibbs 3-6 3-4 9, Lilley 0-1 0-0 0, Hayward 5-15 0-0 13, Carangelo 1-4 0-0 3, Taylor 1-3 0-0 2, Stokes 0-0 0-0 0, Brock 0-0 0-0 0, Sparks 0-1 0-0 0, Perkins 0-2 0-0 0, Keegan 1-1 0-1 2, Watts 0-1 2-2 2, Doogan 2-6 0-0 5, Phillips 1-2 3-4 5. Totals 19-53 11-18 55.

NOTRE DAME (11-1): Achonwa 8-10 1-2 17, Braker 2-2 5-6 9, Diggins 3-4 0-0 7, McBride 7-11 5-5 19, Loyd 6-6 0-0 13, Holloway 2-3 5-6 9, Turner 2-5 2-2 6, Cable 4-8 2-3 10, Mabrey 6-12 4-4 18, Huffman 0-1 0-0 0, Wright 7-14 6-6 20. Totals 47-76 30-34 128.

Halftime-Notre Dame 63-25. 3-Point Goals-St. Francis (Pa.) 6-23 (Hayward 3-10, Carangelo 1-3, Williams 1-3, Doogan 1-3, Perkins 0-1, Phillips 0-1, Taylor 0-2), Notre Dame 4-13 (Mabrey 2-4, Diggins 1-1, Loyd 1-1, Cable 0-2, McBride 0-2, Turner 0-3). Fouled Out-Doogan, Fleming, Williams. Rebounds-St. Francis (Pa.) 25 (Williams 5), Notre Dame 46 (Wright 8). Assists-St. Francis (Pa.) 15 (Lilley 4), Notre Dame 38 (Diggins 14). Total Fouls-St. Francis (Pa.) 26, Notre Dame 21. A-9,149.

 
 

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