January 25, 1999

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP)- Red-hot Notre Dame tries to extend its winning streak to seven games Tuesday when it visits Syracuse in a Big East Conference contest.

Thanks to an explosive offense, the No. 7 Fighting Irish (15-2, 7-2 Big East) have won all six games this month to remain close behind Rutgers and Connecticut in the league standings. They have matched their longest win streak of the season, having opened the campaign with six straight victories.

Notre Dame made a season-high 11 3-pointers and shot 54.5 percent in a 99-60 rout of St. John’s on Saturday. It was the latest in a series of impressive offensive efforts for the Irish, who are averaging 91.7 points during their winning streak.

Sheila McMillen and Danielle Green scored 20 points apiece for the Irish, who have scored over 100 points twice this season.

“We have a lot of weapons. We can score a lot of points,” Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said. “That’s one thing that this team can do.”

Syracuse (8-9, 4-5) returns to action for the first time since Wednesday, when it suffered a 76-70 loss at West Virginia. That loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Orangewomen, who received 19 points from Leigh Aziz.

The Orangewomen are led by Paula Moore, who is among the Big East leaders in scoring (17.9 points per game) and rebounding (7.6).

Notre Dame leads the all-time series, 8-1.