No. 6 Notre Dame 80, Seton Hall 52
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) _ Ruth Riley had 17 points and 13 rebounds and Niele Ivey added 14 points and 10 assists as No. 6 Notre Dame beat Seton Hall 80-52 on Tuesday night.
Riley added seven blocks, one short of the school record, for the Irish (12-2, 3-0 Big East).
Though Notre Dame led by as many as 30 points, the Irish were sluggish at times thanks in part to the Seton Hall (6-7, 0-3) press.
Up 48-28 early in the second half, Notre Dame committed three straight turnovers as Seton Hall pulled within 49-37 with 13:15 left, its smallest deficit since midway through the first half.
But the Irish responded with an 11-0 run that began and ended with 3-pointers by Alicia Ratay. Seton Hall didn’t seriously challenge the Irish again.
Ratay finished with 14.
Playing without 6-foot-2 forward Leslie Ardon, out with a broken hand, the Pirates couldn’t match the 6-foot-5 Riley inside. But the Irish also had problems getting Riley the ball, often forcing lob passes inside. Combined with their problems with the press, the Irish committed 25 turnovers.
Still, Seton Hall’s 52 points matched the lowest offensive output of any Notre Dame opponent this season. The Pirates shot 21-of-70 from the field _ just 1-of-11 from 3-point range _ and had 23 turnovers.
Starr Fuller scored 13 points to lead the Pirates.
The Irish led 24-16 with 7:55 left in the first half when they blew the game open with a 13-0 run over the next three minutes. Notre Dame led 37-22 at halftime.
It was Notre Dame’s 15th straight home win, tying a school record.