Jan. 27, 2009

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP)--Brittany Ray scored a career-high 26 points, Epiphanny Prince added 24 and Rutgers beat No. 17 Notre Dame 78-68 Tuesday night.

Rutgers (12-6, 4-3 Big East), which on Monday fell out of the Top 25 for the first time since Dec. 3, 2007, rebounded with just its third win in eight road games this season.

The Irish (15-4, 4-3) lost for the third time in four games and are 1-8 against Rutgers in their last nine meetings.

Both teams struggled to get going. Rutgers missed its first seven shots, made five straight, then missed 11 in a row.

The Irish started even worse, missing their first 12 shots as they fell behind 17-4 before finally making their first basket, a layup by Natalie Novosel nearly 10 minutes into the game.

Novosel led the Irish with 19 points and Ashley Barlow scored 18.