No. 6 Notre Dame Rolls Over Georgetown
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) _ Jacqueline Batteast had 20 points and eight rebounds as No. 6 Notre Dame recovered from nearly squandering a 17-point lead, beating Georgetown 72-58 Saturday for its ninth straight win.
Georgetown (9-13, 4-7 Big East), which trailed 31-14 with 5 minutes to go in the first half, cut the lead to 35-30 early in the second half on a basket by Varda Tamoulianis. Later in the half the Hoyas closed to 42-39 when Mary Lisicky hit a 3-pointer. Lisicky closed the gap to 43-41 when she made a pair of free throws with 12:41 left.
But Batteast dribbled around a crowd in the lane and drove the baseline to spark a 17-4 run by the Irish (22-3, 10-2). Batteast and Charel Allen scored six points each during the spurt. Megan Duffy, who had 17 points and seven assists, capped the run with a pair of free throws to give the Irish a 60-45 lead with 6:34 left.
Batteast moved into fourth place on Notre Dame’s all-time scoring list with 1,765 points, two points ahead of Alicia Ratay. Ruth Riley, who led the Irish to a national championship in 2001, is third with 2,072 points.
Teresa Borton added 14 points and had a career-high 12 rebounds for her fourth career double-double as the Irish outrebounded Georgetown 42-21. The Irish dominated inside, outscoring the Hoyas 30-22. Allen added 14 points for Notre Dame.
Lisicky led Georgetown with 16 points. Kate Carlin added 11 points and Bethany LeSueur had 10. Kieraah Marlow, Georgetown’s leading scorer at 13.2 points a game, was held to six points.
Notre Dame outshot the Hoyas 47 percent to 41 percent.
The Irish used an 18-6 run to open a 31-14 lead when Batteast scored on a running 10-foot jumper down the lane. But the Hoyas, who made just five of their first 20 shots, made their last five of the first half during a 12-4 run.
A 3-pointer by Kristin Heidloff from a step across halfcourt just before the buzzer cut Notre Dame’s lead to 35-26 at the break.