Jan. 23, 2011
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) – Devereaux Peters dominated inside with 14 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks to lead No. 11/10 Notre Dame to a 69-36 rout of No. RV/23 St. John’s on Sunday.
Becca Bruszewski scored 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting for the Fighting Irish (17-4, 6-1 BIG EAST).
The Red Storm (14-6, 3-4) shot 32 percent, with no player reaching double figures. Leading scorer Shenneika Smith was held to seven points on 3-of-8 shooting. Da’Shena Stevens had nine rebounds, but missed all seven free-throw attempts.
Notre Dame outrebounded the Red Storm 42-31.
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POST GAME NOTES: Notre Dame sets a new school record with its 11th win of the season by at least 30 points, topping the old mark of 10 30-point wins set in 2000-01 … in two games this week, the Fighting Irish defeated a pair of ranked teams (#16/17 Georgetown and #RV/23 St. John’s) by an average of 27.5 points per game … prior to Tuesday’s 22-point win over Georgetown, Notre Dame had not defeated a ranked team by more than 17 points since Feb. 25, 2004 (93-58 at home over #21/19 Miami (Fla.)), but the Fighting Irish have done just that in consecutive games this week … Notre Dame defeats ranked opponents in back-to-back games for the first time since Jan. 30 and Feb. 2, 2005, when the Fighting Irish won at #9/10 Connecticut (65-59) and at home against #16/13 Boston College (64-57) … the 36 points by St. John’s are the fewest Notre Dame has allowed to a ranked opponent since Jan. 24, 2004, when the Fighting Irish edged No. 23/25 Villanova, 38-36 at Purcell Pavilion … Notre Dame improves to 49-5 (.907) all-time against New York schools, including a 26-0 record at Purcell Pavilion … the Fighting Irish rise to 20-3 (.870) all-time against St. John’s, including a 10-0 record at home … the 33-point margin of victory is the largest for Notre Dame against the Red Storm since Feb. 13, 2002 (a 66-31 triumph at Purcell Pavilion, a game that saw the Fighting Irish set a program record for the fewest points allowed to a BIG EAST Conference opponent) … The 36 points by St. John’s mark its second-lowest point total in the 23-game series against the Fighting Irish, and the 16th time Notre Dame has held the Red Storm to 60 points or fewer … the Fighting Irish dished out at least 20 assists for the 12th time this season … Notre Dame also registered double-digit steals for the 16th time this year … the Fighting Irish shot better than 45 percent from the field for the 18th time this season … Notre Dame outrebounded its opponents by a double-digit margin for the 10th time this year … the Fighting Irish jump to 204-17 (.923) since the start of 2000-01 when leading at the half, including an active 41-game winning streak … Notre Dame also elevates to 222-15 (.937) when allowing fewer than 60 points in a game since it joined the BIG EAST in 1995-96, including a 14-0 record this season … the Fighting Irish earn their 350th all-time win at Purcell Pavilion, moving to 350-88 (.799) at the venerable Notre Dame arena, including a 109-19 (.852) record in BIG EAST play … senior forward/co-captain Becca Bruszewski scored a season-high 19 points and becomes the sixth different Fighting Irish player to lead the team in scoring at least once this season … senior forward Devereaux Peters recorded her fifth double-double of the season, all in the past nine games — she also posted her sixth double-digit rebounding game in that time … Peters added a season-high five blocks, one shy of her career best set in last year’s regular season matchup at St. John’s (Feb. 16, 2010) … Peters was one of three Notre Dame players to record a “5-5-5” game on Sunday — it was Peters’ second of the season and fifth of her career, while sophomore guard Skylar Diggins posted her third of the year and 11th of her career, and senior guard/co-captain Brittany Mallory charted her first of the season and fifth of her career … Diggins handed out at least five assists for the fifth consecutive game, eighth time in the past 10 games and 14th time this season … Notre Dame attracted its third sellout crowd of the season (9,149), ninth in the past year-and-a-half, and the 15th in program history.