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Schrader Leads Notre Dame Past Valparaiso

December 28, 2005

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) _ Lindsay Schrader scored 13 points as No. 12 Notre Dame beat Valparaiso 58-50.

Megan Duffy and Courtney LaVere each added 10 points for the Irish (9-1) in their first game after a 10-day holiday break.

Lavere, a center, set a career high with six assists.

Betsy Rietema scored 11 points and Tamra Braun 10 to lead Valparaiso (5-5).

Notre Dame had 19 turnovers, but held the Crusaders to 36 percent shooting. The Irish outscored Valparaiso 38-14 in the paint and shot 50 percent from the field.

Notre Dame used a 10-0 early run to take a 12-2 lead and closed the half with a 9-4 run to take a 30-18 halftime lead. The Irish led by as many as 17 points in the second half.

Schrader and Charel Allen each had seven rebounds as Notre Dame outrebounded the Crusaders 37-22.

The Irish reserves, led by LaVere and Allen, who had eight points, outscored the Crusaders’ 24-9.

Notre Dame hosts No. 1 Tennessee on Saturday.

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