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Notre Dame Hosts Seton Hall In BIG EAST Home Opener

Jan. 6, 2006

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2005-06 ND Women’s Basketball: Game 13
#12/12 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (9-3 / 0-1 BIG EAST) vs.
Seton Hall Pirates (4-8 / 1-0 BIG EAST)

DATE: January 7, 2006
TIME: 1:00 p.m. ET
AT: Notre Dame, Ind.
Joyce Center (11,418)
SERIES: Notre Dame leads 14-3
1ST MTG: 12/11/93 (SHU 62-55)
LAST MTG: 3/1/05 (ND 41-35)
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Notre Dame looks to snap a two-gamelosing streak when it faces Seton Hall Saturday at the Joyce Center in its BIG EAST Conference home opener.

The Irish defense has played a major role in the series with Seton Hall, holding the Pirates to 48.6 ppg. in the past 14 games between the clubs.

Smarting from a current two-game losing streak after winning nine of its first 10 games, the 12th-ranked Notre Dame women’s basketball team aims to return to the win column Saturday when it opens the home portion of its BIG EAST Conference schedule with a 1 p.m. (ET) game vs. Seton Hall.

The Irish (9-3, 0-1 BIG EAST) tipped off the conference season on a sour note with a 66-63 upset loss at St. John’s on Wednesday night.Notre Dame erased an early 12-point deficit and led by as many seven points late in the first half. However, the Red Storm used a 22-7 second-half spurt to move back ahead and hold off a late charge by the Irish, who got within a point three times in the final 2:06, but couldn’tfind the winning formula. Playing before anenthusiastic crowd of hometown supporters, sophomore center Melissa D’Amico scored a team-high 14 points to lead three Irish players in double digits.

Notre Dame is ranked 12th in this week’s Associated Press poll and 12th in this week’s ESPN/USA Today coaches’ poll. Seton Hall is unranked.

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Setting The Standard
Under the guidance of 19th-year head coach Muffet McGraw, Notre Dame has evolved into one of the country’s leading women’s basketball powers. The Irish have appeared in 12 NCAA Tournaments (including the past 10 in a row) and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 six times in the past nine years. Notre Dame also has reached the NCAA Women’s Final Four twice, winning college basketball’s ultimate prize with the 2001 national championship.

In its history, Notre Dame has developed eight All-Americans, eight WNBA players (including five draft picks in the past fiveyears) and four USA Basketball veterans (eight medals won). Now in their 29th season in 2005-06, the Irish own an all-time record of 584-257 (.694).

Notre Dame Head Coach Muffet McGraw
Saint Joseph’s ’77
19th season at Notre Dame

420-158 (.727) at Notre Dame.508-199 (.719) in 24 years as head coach.

2001 consensus National Coach of the Year
Four-time Naismith Coach of the Year finalist
Four-time conference Coach of the Year

BIG EAST Conference (2001)Midwestern Collegiate Conference (1991)North Star Conference (1988)East Coast Conference (@ Lehigh) (1983)

A Quick Look At The Fighting Irish
Entering the 2005-06 season, Notre Dame knew it would need a healthy dose of balance and chemistry in order to be successful. With the graduation losses of 2004-05 BIG EAST Player of the Year and All-America forward Jacqueline Batteast, as well as rugged and dependable center Teresa Borton, the Irish were missing two significant components from last year’s squad that posted a 27-6 record, rose as high as third in the national polls, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

During the non-conference portion of this season, Notre Dame has learned much about itself, working to sharpen the balance and chemistry that will be so critical during the BIG EAST campaign and the postseason. Led by gritty senior point guard and preseason All-American Megan Duffy (a co-captain on the gold medal-winning 2005 USA World University Games Team), the Irish have jumped out to a 9-3 start, picking up a pair of wins over ranked opponents (USC and Utah) along the way.

The Irish have received contributionsfrom many different sources in the first two months of the season, with at least three double-figure scorers in 10 of 12 games (including a season-high five vs. No. 22/21 Utah) and eight different players have scored in double digits at least once thus far. What’s more, eight players are averaging at least 17 minutes of action per night.

Duffy continues to make improvements in her game each night out and has been a strong all-around contributor and leader for Notre Dame once again this year. The veteran floor general is averaging a team-best 15.3 points, 4.3 assists and 2.3 steals per game,with a 1.70 assist/turnover ratio, ranking among the top 15 in the BIG EAST in all four categories. In addition, she is second in the league and tied for 10th in the nation in foul shooting (.900).She also has led the team in scoring seven times and in assists nine times this year. Duffy already has been tapped for the BIG EAST Conference Weekly Honor Roll three times this season, and she earned a spot on the Duel in the Desert All-Tournament Team after averaging 12.5 points and 7.0 assists in piloting the Irish to the tourney title.

Sophomore center Melissa D’Amico hasproven to be a solid complement in the post to Duffy’s perimeter presence. A prime candidate for the BIG EAST Most Improved Player award, D’Amico is second on the team in scoring (10.3 ppg.) and third in rebounding (5.8 rpg.), while setting the pace in both blocked shots (1.58 bpg., fourth in the BIG EAST) and field goal percentage (.575).Those figures are a far cry from her rookie season, when she logged 1.9 ppg. and 1.4 rpg.with a .438 field goal percentage in 26 games.The pre-Christmas Duel in the Desert may have been D’Amico’s breakout performance, as she averaged 16.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game with an .824 field goal percentage (14-of-17) en route to tournament Most Valuable Player and BIG EAST Player of the Week honors.

Freshman guard Lindsay Schrader also has shown tremendous promise in her first season with the Irish. The former McDonald’s All-American already has been named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week once (Nov. 21) after turning in an impressive 10-point, 14-rebound effort in her debut outing against Michigan, becoming just the second player in school history (first since1979) to record a double-double in her first game. She also averaged 13.5 points per game and shot a blistering 80 percent from the field(12-of-15) in wins over Iona and Wisconsin, going6-of-6 in the latter contest. Those marks earned Schrader a spot on the Dec. 5 BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll, the first freshman to appear on that list this season. She also tacked on her second double-double of the year with 10 points and 10 rebounds in Notre Dame’s win over No. 22/21 Utah at the Duel in the Desert, before leading all players with 13 points and seven rebounds against Valparaiso. Schrader is third on the team in scoring (9.2 ppg.) and second in rebounding (5.9 rpg.), as well as third in field goal percentage (.471).

Potent Notables About The Fighting Irish

Notre Dame’s No. 12 ranking in the latestAssociated Press poll represents the 27th consecutive appearance for the Irish in that survey, dating back to the start of the 2004-05 season. All told, Notre Dame has appeared in 136 Associated Press polls since the balloting debuted 30 years ago, with their first AP ranking (No. 25) coming on Dec. 31, 1990.With its No. 10 AP ranking on Dec. 5, theIrish have appeared in the top 10 of the media balloting at some point in seven of the past 10 years (including three of the past four seasons).Notre Dame has spent a total of 73 weeks in the AP top 10 during the program’s 29-year history and owns a 110-21 (.840) record when it’s ranked in the top 10.The Irish have won 57 of their last 61non-conference home games, dating back to the1994-95 season. Three of the losses in that span have come against Big Ten Conference opponents (Wisconsin in 1996, Purdue in 2003, Michigan State in 2004), with the other coming back on Dec. 31 vs. No. 1 Tennessee.The Irish defense continues to be itscalling card. In each of the past six seasons, Notre Dame has held its opponents to an average of less than 62 points per game, including a 56.8 ppg. mark last year, which ranked as the third-lowest opponent scoring average in school history and second-best of the Muffet McGraw era(55.8 ppg. in 2000-01). Thus far in 2005-06, the Irish are allowing opponents to score 59.6 ppg.The Irish have posted 39 wins over Top 25opponents in the past eight seasons (1998-99 to present), most recently knocking off No. 22/21 Utah, 68-55 on Dec. 18 in the championship game of the Duel in the Desert (Gray Division) out in Las Vegas. In each of the past two years, Notre Dame has set a school record with seven regular-season wins over ranked opponents.Furthermore, since the start of the 2003-04 season, the Irish are 11-3 (.786) at home against Top 25 competition.Following its Dec. 31 game vs. #1Tennessee, the Irish have welcomed crowds of 5,000 or more fans to 70 of their last 72 home games. The only two blemishes on that mark came in the semifinals and finals of last year’s Preseason WNIT, because tickets for those games could not be included in the Notre Dame season ticket package and had to be purchased separately.The capacity crowd of 11,418 for the Dec.31 home game vs. top-ranked Tennessee was the third sellout in program history and the 19-day advance sellout was the quickest in the 29-year history of Irish women’s basketball. As of Jan.2, it also was the 13th-largest crowd in the nation. For the season, Notre Dame ranks eighth in the country in average home attendance with7,016 fans per game.Senior guard Megan Duffy was named apreseason All-American by three sources, has been cited on the preseason watch lists for both the State Farm/WBCA Wade Trophy and the John R.Wooden Women’s Award, and was tabbed as one of the top five point guards in the nation by ESPN.com. Duffy also was a preseason all-BIG EAST Conference selection, following up her first-team all-league citation last year.With a 55-45 victory over Michigan onNov. 18, Irish head coach Muffet McGraw became the 27th coach in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history to reach the 500-win mark. She also is the 10th Division I coach to earn her 500th victory prior to age 50. McGraw reached another milestone on Nov. 29 vs. Iona with her 700th career game as a head coach.

A Quick Look At Seton Hall
Seton Hall is a team looking to make a step up to the next level in 2005-06. The Pirates, who have been within a game or two of the .500 mark for each of the past five seasons and reached the postseason WNIT in 2003 and 2004, have their sights set on a return to the NCAA Tournament, a place SHU last visited in 1995, when the Pirates advanced to the second round before falling at defending NCAA champion North Carolina.

Coming into this season, Seton Hall knew it would be challenged to replace three of its starters, including all-conference forward Ashley Bush, who was the Pirates’ top scorer and rebounder last year. In addition, SHU was faced with the prospect of breaking in six freshmen, who comprise one of the Pirates’ best incoming classes ever.

At 4-8 overall (1-0 in the BIG EAST), the non-conference returns weren’t always successful for Seton Hall, as the Pirates endured a six-game losing streak that saw their offense average just46.8 points per outing. However, things have since brightened for SHU, which has won two of its last three contests, including an impressive67-61 comeback win in overtime vs. West Virginia in its BIG EAST opener at home on Tuesday afternoon. In that game, the Pirates trailed by11 points with 3:35 to play, but rallied to send the game into OT and eventually secured the win.

Freshman guard Shantel Brown led fourSeton Hall players in double figures with a game-high 17 points, including the game-tying three-pointer with 4.1 seconds left in regulation. Junior guard/forward Heta Korpivaara added 14 points, freshman guard Brittney Messina had 12 points off the bench, and junior forward Monique Blake nearly notched a double-double with11 points, nine rebounds and six steals.

For the season, Blake leads the Pirates in scoring and rebounding, averaging a double-double with 12.0 points and 10.1 rebounds per game (ranking second in the BIG EAST in the latter category). Korpivaara, a former BIG EAST All-Freshman Team selection, is second on the squad in scoring (10.5 ppg.) and leads the conference with a .917 free throw percentage.Messina has made an early case as one of the BIG EAST’s top rookies, averaging 9.3 points per game with a team-best 16 three-point field goals (.356 percentage).

Seton Hall head coach Phyllis Mangina is midway through her 21st season at her alma mater, sporting a lifetime coaching record of 292-293 (.499). She is 3-14 all-time against Notre Dame, having squared off with her counterpart, Irish head coach Muffet McGraw, in all 17 series games to date.

The Notre Dame-Seton Hall Series
Although their series didn’t begin until the1993-94 season, Notre Dame and Seton Hall have seen quite a lot of one another during the past13 seasons, with the Irish owning a 14-3 edge on the Pirates coming into Saturday’s contest.

The two squads met in a home-and-homeseries in 1993 and 1994 prior to Notre Dame joining the BIG EAST Conference in 1995-96, with SHU winning on both occasions (62-55 at the Joyce Center and 65-60 in overtime at South Orange).The teams then reprised their extra session excitement in their first-ever matchup as conference member, with Notre Dame pulling out an88-79 victory, also at Walsh Gym.

Beginning with that game, the Irish have won 14 of the past 15 contests in the series against Seton Hall, including all seven at the Joyce Center.

Other Notre Dame-Seton HallSeries Tidbits

After winning two of its first threegames against Notre Dame and averaging 67 points per game, Seton Hall has lost 13 of its last 14 contests with the Irish and has averaged only48.6 points in the past 14 series games (including 39.7 ppg. in the last three).In the 15 series games since Notre Damejoined the BIG EAST Conference in 1995-96, the Irish have scored less than 62 points in a game three times against Seton Hall (their last three games – a 51-45 SHU win in 2004, and ND victories of 54-33 and 41-35 last year). Conversely, the Pirates have topped the mark just once, falling88-79 in overtime to the Irish in their first conference matchup on Jan. 2, 1996 in South Orange, N.J.On the defensive end, Notre Dame has beenheld to its three lowest point totals in the series in the past three games. However, the Irish also have limited Seton Hall to less than 50 points eight times, including their two lowest series totals in the past two matchups (33 points on Jan. 2, 2005 at the Joyce Center; 35 points on March 1, 2005 in South Orange).The most recent Seton Hall victory (51-45on Feb. 8, 2004 at Walsh Gym) led to a dubious distinction for Notre Dame. It was just the second time in school history the Irish did not have a single player score in double figures. The only other time that happened was on Feb. 3, 1978 at Marquette. Notre Dame returned the favor last season by limiting the Pirates to just one double-digit scorer in the two games combined (Ashley Bush had 19 points in the March 1 ND win).The 41 points scored by the Irish intheir last victory over Seton Hall tied a school record for the fewest points ever logged in a road game (66-41 loss at Marquette on Feb. 3, 1978).Seton Hall and Rutgers are the only twoNew Jersey schools Notre Dame has faced on the hardwood. The Irish are 14-3 all-time vs. SHU and9-12 lifetime against RU, good for a combined23-15 (.605) record against the Garden State. At the Joyce Center, Notre Dame is 12-3 (.800) against New Jersey teams – 7-1 vs. Seton Hall and5-2 vs. Rutgers.Saturday’s game will match the top twofree throw shooters in the BIG EAST – Seton Hall junior guard/forward Heta Korpivaara (1st, .917) and Notre Dame senior guard Megan Duffy (2nd, .900). Duffy actually was tied for the league lead before missing the front end of a one-and-one opportunity in the second half of Wednesday night’s loss at St. John’s.Notre Dame sophomore center MelissaD’Amico (Manorville, N.Y./William Floyd) briefly was an AAU teammate of Seton Hall freshman guard Brittney Messina (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) with the Long Island Renegades, before Messina joined the Unique All-Stars. D’Amico also matched up on the AAU circuit against Seton Hall freshman forwards Harmonie Calinda (Huntington, N.Y./JohnGlenn) and Nicole Emery (Baldwin, N.Y./Holy Trinity), who joined Messina on the Unique All-Stars.Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw andSeton Hall head coach Phyllis Mangina have known one another for more than 20 years, dating back to McGraw’s previous coaching stint at Lehigh. In fact, while McGraw was with the Engineers (now Mountain Hawks), she faced Mangina’s Seton Hall squad twice, with each team winning on the other’s home floor (LU 72-65 on Nov. 22, 1985; SHU 69-65 on Jan. 8, 1987).

The Last Time Notre Dame And Seton Hall Met Charel Allen had 14 points and nine rebounds and No. 10 Notre Dame overcame a school record-tying low point total for a road game in posting a41-35 victory over Seton Hall on March 1, 2005, at Walsh Gym in South Orange, N.J.

Jacqueline Batteast added 11 points as the Irish (25-4, 13-3 BIG EAST) overcame 22 percent shooting (13-of-59) from the field to win for the 12th time in 13 games.

The 41 points tied the school record for fewest points on the road, set in a 66-41 loss at Marquette in 1978, the first year of women’s basketball at Notre Dame. The record low for a game at home was set last year, when the Irish beat Villanova 38-36.

Ashley Bush had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Seton Hall in her final home game. Asia Carroll hit two late three-pointers for the Pirates (14-13, 6-10), with the last getting them within 36-31 with 1:11 to go. Allen then iced the game with four late free throws.

Down 17-15 at the half, Notre Dame took the lead for good with a 7-0 spurt that came during a span where the officials changed a three-pointer by Bush into a two-point basket. The switch cut the lead to 19-18 andAllen hit two free throws to put the Irish ahead 20-19. Batteast then scored the next five points, hitting one of two free throws, a shot in the lane and a layup for a 25-19 lead with 14:16 to play.

Seton Hall twice cut the lead to fourpoints, but Batteast hit a jumper to ignite a seven-point spurt that Megan Duffy capped with her only basket of the game.

Bush almost single-handedly gave Seton Hall its two-point halftime lead. She scored 11 of her team’s 17 points and frustrated Batteast with her tough defense, limiting the conference’s second-leading scorer to two points on 1-of-5 shooting.

Notre Dame did not score in the final7:31, and it had only two points in the final10:09 in matching its season-low for a half.

Getting Off On The Right Foot At Home
Notre Dame is 7-3 (.700) in BIG EAST Conference home openers since it joined the league in time for the 1995-96 season. The Irish also have won five of their last six BIG EAST lidlifters at the Joyce Center, including a 54-33 win over Seton Hall to begin last year’s home league docket.

Beasts Of The BIG EAST
Notre Dame is 137-32 (.811) in regular-season competition against the rest of BIG EAST Conference, owning the best conference winning percentage of any current member of the BIG EAST since joining the circuit for the 1995-96 campaign. The Irish also have won 93 of their last 115 regular-season conference games, have finished among the top three in the BIG EAST nine times in their 10-year membership, and claimed a share of their first-ever regular-season conference championship in 2001.

When including postseason competition(BIG EAST and NCAA tournaments), Notre Dame is151-42 (.782) against league opponents – factoring in 23 postseason tilts, the Irish are76-8 (.905) at home, 61-27 (.693) on the road and14-7 (.667) at neutral sites all-time vs. BIG EAST foes.

Duffy Joins Irish 1,000-Point ClubS
Senior co-captain and All-America guard Megan Duffy became the 21st member of Notre Dame’s 1,000-Point Club with her 13-point night at St.

John’s on Jan. 4. Duffy eclipsed the milestone on an old-fashioned three-point play with 14:01 left in the game – she now has 1,005 career points, one behind Kelley Siemon for 20th on the Irish career scoring chart.

SWith LaVere Knocking On The Door
Senior co-captain and forward Courtney LaVere is poised to join Duffy as a 1,000-point scorer at Notre Dame, currently having piled up 982 points since coming to campus in 2002.

Only four times in school history have teammates reached the 1,000-point plateau in the same season, with Niele Ivey and Kelley Siemon the last to do so in 2000-01. Duffy and LaVere also could have the shortest span between hitting the mark – the current school record is eight games, the term between Mary Beth Schueth and Carrie Bates scoring their 1,000th points in the1984-85 season.

When The Game Is On The LineS
The Irish have posted a .691 free throw percentage (38-of-55) inside the final two minutes of games this season. Leading the way is senior guard Megan Duffy, who has made 21 of her22 foul shots (.955) in crunch time.

The Efficiency Expert
Sophomore center Melissa D’Amico pulled off a unique feat in Notre Dame’s 77-54 win over Arkansas State Dec. 17 at the Duel in the Desert in Las Vegas. D’Amico scored a career-high 20 points in only 18 minutes of court time, becoming the first Irish player to average better than a point per minute (min. 10 minutes) in a game since Dec. 21, 2002, when current senior Courtney LaVere had 20 points in 19 minutes vs. IPFW.

Viva Las Vegas
Notre Dame made the most of its first-ever visit to Las Vegas, coming away with the Duel in the Desert (Gray Division) title on the strength of wins over Arkansas State (77-54) and No. 22/21 Utah (68-55) on Dec. 17-18. The championship was the fifth in the last six opportunities for the Irish, who also have now won 12 of their last 13 regular-season tournament games.

The Duel in the Desert crown was evenmore rewarding when you consider Notre Dame trailed for a grand total of 15 seconds the entire weekend (a one-point deficit midway through the second half vs. Utah). The Irish defense also played a pivotal role, holding ASU and Utah to a .286 field goal percentage and 54.5 points per game.

Second-Half Sizzle
In six of their nine victories this season, Notre Dame has used a significant second-half run to take control of the contest. In four of those instances (Michigan, Indiana, USC, Utah), the Irish trailed at some point in the final 11 minutes, but on the strength of their second-half run, rallied to take the win.

Starting Strong
The Irish got off to a 6-0 start for the second time in as many seasons, marking the first time in the 29-year history of the program Notre Dame has put together back-to-back 6-0 starts (the Irish began last year with a 7-0 record).

All told, Notre Dame has won the first six games of the season only four times, all in the Muffet McGraw era (and all in the past eight seasons beginning in 1998-99). In the three previous 6-0 starts, the Irish went on to win at least 25 games and reach the NCAA Tournament every time.

In The Light Of Day
Notre Dame has enjoyed playing in the afternoon this season, posting a 6-1 record in games when the tip comes before 6 p.m. local time. Dating back to last year, the Irish are 15-3 in day games, with their only two losses in that span coming at Villanova (59-54 on Jan. 9, 2005) and at No. 10 Rutgers (59-48 on Feb. 19, 2005).

Game #12 Recap: St. John’s
Angela Clark scored 18 points and St. John’s held on to beat No. 12 Notre Dame 66-63 Wednesday night, for the Red Storm’s first victory over the Irish.

Tara Walker added 14 points and Monique McLean had 13 for the Red Storm (11-2, 1-1 BIG EAST), who had lost their first 15 meetings with Notre Dame (9-3, 0-1).

Sophomore center Melissa D’Amico had 14 points for the Irish, who were coming off a 62-51 loss to No. 1 Tennessee last weekend. Junior forward Crystal Erwin had 11 points and 12 rebounds for Notre Dame, which finished with a41-21 advantage on the boards.

Walker had two three-pointers in thefirst 56 seconds of the second half to give St.John’s the lead for good at 38-37. The Red Storm extended the lead to 54-44 on a jumper by Danielle Chambers with 9:14 to play.

But D’Amico and freshman guard Lindsay Schrader each had six points in a 19-10 run that brought Notre Dame within 64-63 on a jumper by D’Amico with nine seconds to play.

Greeba Barlow of St. John’s then hit a breakaway layup with 2.8 seconds to go and Notre Dame was unable to get off a final shot for a chance to tie.

Noting The St. John’s Game

Notre Dame loses back-to-back games forthe first time since Jan. 9 and 12, 2005, when the Irish fell on the road at Villanova (59-54) and at home to Connecticut (67-50); the Villanova game also represents the last time the Irish lost to an unranked opponent.Notre Dame drops its conference openerfor the fourth time in 11 games since joining the BIG EAST in 1995-96; it’s just the second loss in the past seven league lidlifters for the Irish, and first since a 76-73 setback at Georgetown on Jan. 7, 2004.Notre Dame also falls in its first gameof the calendar year for only the second time in the past 12 opportunities, dating back to the1994-95 season (other loss was 71-54 to No. 7/6 Purdue exactly two years earlier on Jan. 4, 2003 at the Joyce Center).The game marked a number of firsts in theNotre Dame-St. John’s series – besides being the Red Storm’s first-ever win over the Irish in 16 tries, it’s the first time SJU has scored more than 65 points and ND has scored less than 65 points in a series contest.The loss to St. John’s is only the thirdfor Notre Dame all-time against a New York school, dropping the Irish to 36-3 (.923) against the Empire State (17-3 away from home) with the other two losses coming vs. Syracuse.Notre Dame shot a season-high 56 percentfrom the field (28-of-50) marking the ninth time in 16 series games the Irish have posted a .500 field goal percentage against SJU; it’s also Notre Dame’s best shooting night since Feb. 26, 2005, when the Irish shot 58.2 percent (32-of-55) in a Senior Day win over West Virginia at the Joyce Center.St. John’s came into the game as the No.2 rebounding squad in the BIG EAST (44.5 rpg.), but the Irish held the Red Storm to less than half their average with an opponent season-low 21 rebounds.The +20 rebounding margin was thesecond-best of the year for Notre Dame, topped only by a +21 figure (54-33) in the season opener vs. Michigan on Nov. 18 at the Joyce Center.The Irish gave up a season-high 24turnovers, their worst total since Jan. 28, 2004, when they had 26 giveaways, but still won at No.17/16 Miami, 59-50.The SJU game represented the first timethis season the Irish lost when three things occurred – they led at halftime (now 8-1), they had the rebounding edge (now 7-1) and they had three or more players score in double figures (now 9-1).Senior guard Megan Duffy became the 21stplayer in school history to score 1,000 career points, reaching the milestone on an old-fashioned three-point play with 14:01 remaining