January 12, 1997

No. 21 Irish Get 22 From Gaither to Beat Villanova by 23

PHILADELPHIA — Katryna Gaither knocked down 10-of-13 from thefloor as 21st-ranked Notre Dame rolled past Villanova, 77-54. The Irishjumped out to a 20-point lead at the half and cruised the rest of theway in the Big East matchup.

Jenn Beisel led the Wildcats with 15 points and five rebounds asVillanova fell to 7-6, 3-3 in conference play. The Wildcats shot just 35percent on the day.

Meanwhile, the Fighting Irish (13-4, 5-0) nailed nearly 58 percent of their fieldgoals as four starters scored in double figures. Guard Mollie Peirickwas 3-of-4 from 3-point range.

NOTRE DAME (77)                      fg    ft    rb               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tpPeirick         34   5-7   0-0   1-5  6  0   13Augustin        32   2-5   0-0   2-7  4  2    5Gaither         24 10-13   2-3   1-6  2  3   22Morgan          27   4-9   5-5   1-6  1  2   14Bohman          30  5-11   0-0   1-4  6  1   10Henderson        7   1-2   0-1   0-2  0  2    2Mcmillen        22   1-1   2-2   0-3  0  2    5Hutchinson      19   2-4   1-2   1-6  0  1    6Jordan           5   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  0    0_______________________________________________TOTALS         200 30-52 10-13  7-39 19 13   77_______________________________________________Percentages: FG-.577, FT-.769. 3-Point Goals:7-12, .583 (Peirick 3-4, Augustin 1-1, Morgan1-3, Mcmillen 1-1, Hutchinson 1-3). Teamrebounds: 1. Blocked shots: 3 (Bohman 2,Peirick). Turnovers: 17 (Augustin 6, Morgan 4,Bohman 2, Jordan 2, Peirick 2, Hutchinson).Steals: 2 (Morgan, Peirick).VILLANOVA (54)                      fg    ft    rb               min   m-a   m-a   o-t  a pf   tpLee             29  5-10   0-0   0-2  7  2   10Higgins         25  2-10   1-2   1-2  0  1    6Bradshaw         4   0-0   0-0   0-1  0  0    0Sliwa           27  2-11   1-2   0-3  1  2    5Beisel          34   7-9   1-1   2-5  0  3   15Skeeters        31  2-14   0-1   2-4  0  3    5Pellicane       21   3-5   1-2   2-3  2  0    9Stewart         11   1-2   0-0   0-0  1  0    2Ferretti         2   0-0   0-0   0-0  0  1    0Rosenthal       13   1-3   0-0   3-5  1  2    2Snell            3   0-1   0-0   0-0  0  0    0_______________________________________________TOTALS         200 23-65   4-8 10-25 12 14   54_______________________________________________Percentages: FG-.354, FT-.500. 3-Point Goals:4-25, .160 (Higgins 1-6, Sliwa 0-7, Skeeters 1-7,Pellicane 2-4, Snell 0-1). Team rebounds: 5.Blocked shots: 1 (Rosenthal). Turnovers: 12 (Lee4, Beisel 2, Higgins 2, Skeeters 2, Rosenthal).Steals: 9 (Beisel 6, Lee, Skeeters, Sliwa).__________________________________Notre Dame         37   40  -   77Villanova          17   37  -   54__________________________________Technical fouls: None.  A: 1,106. Officials: JackRiordan, Ralph South, Jo Ann Aldrich.