Nov. 24, 2014
Inside The Game: #2/2 Notre Dame 97, Harvard 43
November 24, 2014 – Notre Dame, Indiana (Purcell Pavilion)
It Was Over When: Senior guard Madison Cable hit her second three-pointer in less than two minutes at the 6:29 mark of the first half to cap off a 19-0 run that took a 17-10 Fighting Irish lead and ballooned it to a 26-point margin. Notre Dame closed the half on a 50-6 run during the final 16:40.
Game Ball Goes To: Junior guard Hannah Huffman, who scored a career-high 12 points (4-6 FG, 4-4 FT) while adding four rebounds, three steals and a block.
Unsung Hero: Sophomore forward Taya Reimer, who gave the Fighting Irish a presence down low with a game-high 14 points (6-10 FG, 2-2 FT) and four rebounds.
Unofficial Play(s) Of The Game: Although not officially represented in the box score, freshman guard Mychal Johnson had two of the game’s signature defensive plays, drawing a pair of charges 21 seconds apart inside the final two minutes of the game, when Notre Dame was leading Harvard 95-41 in a contest that had not been in doubt since early in the first half.
Stat Of The Game: The Notre Dame bench–composed of Huffman (12 points), Cable (12), Johnson (9), freshman forward Kathryn Westbeld (8), senior forward/tri-captain Markisha Wright (7), senior guard/tri-captain Whitney Holloway (2) and sophomore center Diamond Thompson (1)– scored 51 points, eight more than Harvard’s entire team on Monday.
Additional Notes: Notre Dame extends its home winning streak to 32 games, as well as its regular season winning streak to 57 games and its winning streak against unranked opponents (in the Associated Press poll) to 55 games … the Fighting Irish led 59-13 at halftime, with the 46-point spread believed to be the largest halftime lead in the 38-year history of the Notre Dame women’s basketball program (previous largest margin at the break was 43 points (58-15) vs. Indiana State on Nov. 13, 2011, in the Preseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament quarterfinals at Purcell Pavilion) … Harvard’s 13 first-half points tied a Notre Dame opponent season low for one half, a mark set one night (and one half) earlier when Holy Cross scored 13 in the second half of Sunday’s 104-29 Notre Dame win … the Fighting Irish have won 36 of their last 40 regular season tournament games (multi-game events only) … Notre Dame has won 23 consecutive games against first-time opponents (36 in a row at home) and is 47-3 (.940) against new foes since the start of the 2000-01 season … the Fighting Irish are 19-3 (.864) against schools from Massachusetts, including an active eight-game winning streak … Notre Dame is 5-0 all-time against Ivy League opponents, winning all three times against Penn and once against Brown … this was only the second time an Ivy League team played the Fighting Irish at Purcell Pavilion–Notre Dame defeated Penn, 69-38 on Dec. 2, 2011 … the Fighting Irish are 86-14 (.860) in the month of November since 1995-96 and have won 23 of their last 24 November games … Notre Dame matched its season high with five double-digit scorers, also doing so against Chattanooga on Nov. 21 … for the second consecutive game, all 12 Fighting Irish players in uniform found the scoring column … Notre Dame’s bench is averaging 33.6 points per game this season … Huffman became the ninth different Notre Dame player to score in double figures this season, doing so for the first time in her career with Monday’s personal-best 12 points (she had scored a career-high eight points in two of her first four games this season against UMass Lowell on Nov. 14 and Chattanooga on Nov. 21) … Westbeld gathered a career-high eight rebounds, one more than her total against Chattanooga on Nov. 21 … despite an off-night shooting the ball, junior All-America guard Jewell Loyd scored 11 points, extending her streak of consecutive games scoring in double figures to 48 in a row.
Up Next For The Fighting Irish: Notre Dame wraps up the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Women’s Challenge at 6 p.m. (ET) Tuesday with a contest against Quinnipiac (Harvard takes on Holy Cross in the nightcap at 8 p.m. ET). All games in the Hall of Fame Challenge at Purcell Pavilion are being streamed live and free of charge on the official Fighting Irish athletics multimedia platform, WatchND (see the official tournament home page for broadcast links). Live stat links also are available.
— Chris Masters, Associate Athletic Media Relations Director
–Russell Dorn, Assistant Athletic Media Relations Director