No. 2 Notre Dame avoids letdown
Fighting Irish follow up UConn win with blowout of Georgetown
WASHINGTON -- Skyler Diggins scored 22 points, No. 2 Notre Dame went 28 for 32 from the free throw line, and the Irish avoided a post-UConn letdown by holding No. 18 Georgetown to 28 percent shooting in their 80-60 victory on Tuesday.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 2 Notre Dame 80, No. 18 Georgetown 60|
|No. 3 Connecticut 96, Providence 35|
|No. 8 Rutgers 63, Pittsburgh 39|
Natalie Novosel added 21 points, and Kayla McBride had 16 for Notre Dame (16-1, 4-0 Big East), while Brittany Mallory’s defense made Georgetown’s Sugar Rodgers a nonfactor for much of the game, holding the conference’s leading scorer to 13 points on 3 for 18 shooting. Rogers came into the game averaging 20.1 points, but she had two fouls before the game was eight minutes old and didn’t score in the first half.
Notre Dame ended Connecticut’s 57-game Big East regular season winning streak Saturday and is now 5-1 against teams ranked in the top 25. The Irish have won 13 consecutive, their only loss coming at No. 1 Baylor on Nov. 20.
Rodgers went 2 for 11 from 3-point range and committed five turnovers for the Hoyas (13-4, 2-2), who have been as hot-and-cold in big games as their 2-4 record vs. ranked teams suggests. Rodgers has struggled in back-to-back games, going went 4 for 19 in a win against South Florida on Saturday.
Notre Dame won despite committing 18 turnovers and taking 28 fewer shots than Georgetown, a statistical fluke created by the Hoyas’ persistence on the offensive boards—and their inability to capitalize on it. They had seven rebounds in the first five minutes alone, but they had only two points to show for it because they were 1 for 11 from the field.
Georgetown had 15 offensive rebounds at halftime -- and only four second-chance points. The Hoyas had also forced eight turnovers in the first 20 minutes -- but didn’t convert them into a single point.
|NOTRE DAME vs. PROVIDENCE|
|Field Goal Percentage||56.8%||27.8%|
The Irish led 37-16 at the break and held on despite foul trouble. Diggins picked up her fourth with 11:11 to play, and Mallory got her fourth with 10 minutes remaining.
Rodgers’ first 3-pointer capped a 7-0 run that cut Notre Dame’s lead to 48-37 with 11 minutes left, and she connected again to make the score 58-48 with 7:01 to go.
But the Irish responded each time, closing with a 18-8 run, and kept the Hoyas at bay at the free throw line, making 16 of 18 attempts in the second half.