Irish Burn Blue Demons
Jan. 7, 2009
CHICAGO (AP) -- Erica Williamson scored 20 points to lead No. 12 Notre Dame to an 86-62 win over DePaul on Tuesday night.
Natalie Novosel added 18 points, Ashley Barlow had 12 and Lindsay Schrader chipped in 11 for Notre Dame (13-1, 2-0 Big East), which held DePaul's Deirdre Naughton, who averaged about 18 points, scoreless on 0-for-11 shooting.
Notre Dame never trailed after going ahead 11-10 about six minutes into the game and led 44-30 at the half.
DePaul (12-4, 0-2) shot just 36 percent from the field, compared with 49 percent for the Fighting Irish.
Notre Dame also outmuscled DePaul underneath, with 20 second-chance points compared with 10 for the Blue Demons. The Fighting Irish outrebounded DePaul 50-29.
Felicia Chester led DePaul with 20 points. Keisha Hampton added 19 points for the Blue Devils, who were undefeated at home this season before Tuesday.