Freshman forward Natalie Achonwa

#12 Irish Roll Past Morehead State, 91-28

Nov. 15, 2010

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP)Kayla McBride had 14 points and six rebounds, Natalie Novosel added 13 points and No. 12 Notre Dame routed Morehead State 91-28 Monday night.

McBride finished a miss by junior forward Erica Solomon with 11:44 remaining in the first half to give the Irish an 18-2 lead. The Eagles were held to seven points in the first half on 2 for 20 shooting.

Natalie Achonwa and Kaila Turner each scored 10 points for Notre Dame (2-0). Sophomore preseason All-American Skylar Diggins had nine points and eight assists, one shy of her career high.

Chynna Bozeman led with Morehead State (0-2) with 12 points, but she had 10 turnovers.

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POST GAME NOTES: Notre Dame has posted back-to-back wins by at least 50 points for the first time in school history, following Friday’s 51-point victory (99-48) over New Hampshire with Monday’s win over Morehead State … Notre Dame tied a school record (and set a new Purcell Pavilion record) for fewest points allowed in one half by holding Morehead State to seven points in the first half on Monday; the Fighting Irish also limited Maryland to seven points in the opening 20 minutes of a 49-40 win on Jan. 9, 1985, in College Park, Md. … Notre Dame gave up just 28 points on Monday, the third-fewest points ever allowed by the Fighting Irish in a single game — the only lower opponent point totals came on Jan. 31, 1978 (68-25 win over Grace at Purcell Pavilion) and Jan. 21, 1982 (an 84-27 win at Valparaiso) … Notre Dame’s 63-point margin of victory equals the second-largest winning spread in school history, topped only by a 78-point win (113-35) over Liberty on Nov. 24, 1989, at the UCF Rotary Classic in Orlando, Fla. (also the last time the Fighting Irish won a game by at least 63 points) … Monday’s margin of victory also tied the Purcell Pavilion record set twice before — Dec. 8, 1981, a 92-29 win over Saint Mary’s (Ind.), and most recently on Feb. 28, 1985, with a 99-36 victory over Butler … the Fighting Irish have forced at least 40 turnovers in each of their first two games (school-record 49 vs. New Hampshire, 40 vs. Morehead State), the first time in school history they have registered consecutive 40-takeaway games … MSU’s Chynna Bozeman is the first Notre Dame opponent individual with at least 10 turnovers since Vermont’s Courtney Pilypaitis also had 10 giveaways on March 23, 2010, in the second round of the NCAA Championship at Purcell Pavilion … Notre Dame nabbed 26 steals on Monday against Morehead State, the fifth-highest single-game steal total in school history; the Fighting Irish have established two of the top five steal marks in their first two games this season, after a school-record 36 thefts in last Friday’s season opener against New Hampshire … in fact, before last Friday’s opener, Notre Dame had notched more than 25 steals in a game just three times in school history, and not once since a school-record-tying 29 steals on Jan. 31, 1991, at Saint Louis … Morehead State’s .175 field goal percentage (7-for-40) was the lowest by a Fighting Irish opponent since Butler shot an opponent record-low .149 (9-for-61) on Jan. 30, 1984, at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis … Morehead State’s two first-half field goals were one off the Notre Dame opponent record for fewest baskets made in one half, trailing Dayton’s 1-for-20 effort in the opening 20 minutes on Dec. 13, 2003, at Purcell Pavilion … Morehead State was credited with just two assists, the fewest helpers for a Fighting Irish opponent since Jan. 14, 1993, when Detroit Mercy also had two assists in an 80-55 Notre Dame win at Purcell Pavilion … sophomore guard Kaila Turner set new career highs with five assists (previous was three on three occasions, most recently last Friday against New Hampshire) and four rebounds (tying a mark she’d set twice before, most recently against Villanova on Jan. 9, 2010); Turner also tallied her second career double-figure scoring night, ending one point shy of her career high set against Charlotte on Dec. 20, 2009 … junior guard Fraderica Miller tied her career best with five steals, matching the total she had against Valparaiso on Dec. 12, 2009 … junior forward Erica Solomon set a new career high with three assists (she had two helpers on seven occasions, the last against Villanova on Jan. 9, 2010) and tied another personal best with three steals (which she also had at Valparaiso on Dec. 13, 2008) … sophomore guard Skylar Diggins finished one assist shy of her career high, set on Feb. 23, 2010, against Marquette … Notre Dame is 43-5 (.896) against first-time opponents since joining the BIG EAST Conference in 1995-96, including a 23-1 (.958) mark against new teams since the start of the 2000-01 season, with a current 18-game winning streak … the Fighting Irish have won 21 consecutive home games against first-time opponents, dating back to Jan. 18, 1996 … Notre Dame improves to 63-11 (.851) in the month of November since joining the BIG EAST 16 seasons ago; the Fighting Irish also have an active 16-game November winning streak that started on Nov. 20, 2007, with a 94-41 win at Central Michigan … earlier in the day, it was announced that Notre Dame remained at No. 12 in this week’s Associated Press poll, marking the school-record 60th consecutive AP poll appearance for the Fighting Irish (Notre Dame had a 59-week run in the AP poll from the 1998-99 preseason poll through Dec. 3, 2001).