January 7, 1997

Irish Hold On For 61-57 Win Over Eagles

CHESTNUT HILL, MA — Beth Morgan poured in a game-high 20 pointsto lead a balanced attack as 21st-ranked Notre Dame held on for a 61-57win over Boston College at the Conte Forum.

Morgan, a senior guard, was 7-of-10 from the field, including 4-for-4from three-point range in leading Notre Dame (11-4 overall, 3-0 Big East).

Senior center Katryna Gaither contributed 18 points and a team-high 14rebounds, while sophomore guard Sheila McMillen added 11 points for theIrish.

Notre Dame took a 34-24 lead into halftime thanks to a 7-0 run to endthe half. McMillen had five points during the run, including athree-pointer that gave the Irish the 10-point lead.

Boston College (6-6, 2-2) closed to within 59-57 with 29 seconds left in the gameon a three-pointer by Cal Bouchard, but Morgan made two foul shots with11 seconds remaining to preserve the victory.

Bouchard finished with 17 points and Holly Porter added 13 for BostonCollege, which shot 35 percent (18-of-52) from the field and wasoutrebounded, 45-30.

Notre Dame, which shot just 52 percent from the foul line (11-for-21) inthe contest, returns to action Thursday night when it hosts WestVirginia.

                                                                               NOTRE DAME (61)                                                                                      fg    ft    rb                                                          min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp                                Morgan          32  7-10   2-2   1-4  1  3   20                                Bohman          31   2-5   1-4   3-5  0  4    5                                Gaither         35  6-18  6-10  7-14  0  2   18                                Peirick         31   1-4   1-2  2-10  2  3    3                                Mcmillen        29  4-11   1-3   1-2  0  2   11                .               Jordan           8   0-0   0-0   1-1  0  0    0                                Augustin        12   1-3   0-0   1-3  0  0    2                                Henderson        9   1-2   0-0   1-2  0  2    2                                Hutchinson      13   0-2   0-0   1-3  0  2    0                                _______________________________________________                                TOTALS         200 22-55 11-21 18-44  3 18   61                                _______________________________________________                                                                                                               Percentages: FG-.400, FT-.524. 3-Point Goals:                                  6-14, .429 (Morgan 4-4, Peirick 0-1, Mcmillen                                  2-8, Hutchinson 0-1). Team rebounds: 1. Blocked                                shots: 1 (Gaither). Turnovers: 14 (Augustin 3,                                 Gaither 3, Mcmillen 2, Morgan 2, Bohman,                                       Hutchinson, Jordan, Peirick). Steals: 8 (Gaither                               2, Mcmillen 2, Morgan 2, Peirick 2).                                                                                                                          BOSTON COLLEGE (57)                                                                                  fg    ft    rb                                                          min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tp                                Murphy          31   1-3   3-4   2-3  0  4    5                                Porter          36   4-7   5-7   1-7  1  3   13                                Steele          19   1-4   0-0   3-3  2  2    2                                Bouchard        32  7-12   0-0   1-3  0  1   17                                Mcguire         30   1-6   2-2   0-2  2  0    5                                West            17  2-10   2-2   0-0  0  1    8                                Beezer           9   0-0   0-0   0-1  0  1    0                                Squair           1   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0                                Booth            4   0-1   0-0   1-1  0  0    0                                Basco           21   2-9   2-2   5-6  1  4    7                                _______________________________________________                                TOTALS         200 18-52 14-17 13-26  6 16   57                                _______________________________________________                                                                                                               Percentages: FG-.346, FT-.824. 3-Point Goals:                                  7-19, .368 (Porter 0-1, Bouchard 3-5, Mcguire                                  1-4, West 2-8, Basco 1-1). Team rebounds: 4.                                   Blocked shots: 1 (Murphy). Turnovers: 14                                       (Bouchard 3, Murphy 3, Mcguire 2, Porter 2, West                               2, Basco, Steele). Steals: 6 (Porter 2, Basco,                                 Beezer, Mcguire, Steele).                                                      __________________________________                                             Notre Dame         32   29  -   61                                             Boston College     27   30  -   57                                             __________________________________                                             Technical fouls: None.  A: 343. Officials: Dennis                              Demayo, Patty Broderick, Jo Ann Aldrich.