UPDATE: Notre Dame women's basketball: Irish wear down Providence
was looking to get its swagger back, it mattered more that the Irish
worked up a sweat in dispatching pesky Providence, 66-47, Tuesday
night in Big East Conference action.
Skylar Diggins and Devereaux Peters scored 19 points each as Notre
Dame bounced back from Sunday's two-point loss to West Virginia.
Peters added 11 rebounds to record her eighth double-double of the
season and her fifth in the last seven games. Diggins had seven
Notre Dame reserve Fraderica Miller left the game at the 7:13 mark
after suffering an apparent head injury. Miller was knocked to the
court when Providence's Alicia Cropper committed a flagrant foul.
Miller returned and played for another 3:26 before being taken out of
Notre Dame officials declined to comment after the game on whether
Miller was being observed or treated for symptoms of a concussion.
Notre Dame improved to 25-2 overall and 12-1 in the Big East. The
Irish travel to Louisville on Monday for a 2 p.m. matinee (ESPN).
Providence is 13-13 (5-8). Providence has never beaten Notre Dame in a
series that now spans 20 games.
"I thought we had a little bit of a slower start than I expected,"
Irish coach Muffet McGraw said. "I really thought we'd have a great
bounce-back game, come out and really get up big early. We weren't
able to do that.
"Credit Providence for doing a good job. They made some shots. They
handled our press really well, a lot better than we wanted them to. We
had some turnovers and got a little sloppy, but it was a good
bounce-back game. We got a win.
"... Dev did a great job on the boards, another double-double. Sky
was, in the beginning of the game, really taking the team and trying
to get us going."
Notre Dame edged ahead 37-27 at halftime.
The Irish seized control with a 16-2 run midway through the first
half. Peters scored eight of Notre Dame's 16 points in the run.
Providence came out firing to open the second half, scoring the first
five points to close to 37-32. The Irish then went on an 18-6 run to
pull out to a 17-point lead at 55-38, and maintained the upperhand
McGraw thought the Irish would have blasted out of the gate after the
"I was frustrated right off the bat,'' McGraw said. "I was frustrated
since Sunday. I think that is probably why we came out the way we did.
I was so ready to get off to a good start and really want to challenge
them. I think that was a bad way to go. I think I riled them up a
little too much and subbed a little too quick and got them on edge. I
think I could have done a better job of handling it ...''
The 6-foot-2 Peters hit 7-of-10 field-goal attempts after a 1-of-8
showing against West Virginia.
"That's never going to happen again," Peters said of her numbers
against West Virginia. "I promise you for the rest of my career here
at Notre Dame. I told coach (McGraw) after the game that it is
unacceptable. I don't care what the circumstances are. I wasn't doing
the fundamentals. I wasn't squaring up. I wasn't being aggressive. I
have to do that, keep pushing and look for the ball more. I feel like
I took advantage of that today."
Diggins hit 7-of-9 shots and later made it clear she wasn't satisfied
with Tuesday's performance.
"I don't think we can ever meet our expectations," Diggins said. "We
wanted to win by more. We were super anxious to get out here and play.
I don't know if it was a good or bad thing that we had a game right
away. In one way, it's good because it gets our mind off of (the
loss), in another way, it let us be more anxious. I think we were
overzealous at the beginning, trying to get something going quickly."
Providence coach Phil Seymore had his club braced for what he expected
to be an angry Irish charge at the start.
"We wanted to have a good start because we knew that coming off of the
West Virginia loss, Muffet (McGraw) was going to have her players
riled up," Seymore said. "We knew they were going to have an attitude
of coming back twice as hard. I tried to prepare them for that. In the
beginning, we were happy, but we couldn't sustain that energy. Their
backcourt players bothered us."
Rachel Barnes led Providence with 16 points. Teya Wright, who leads
Providence in scoring (13.1 points a game) and rebounding (9.2),
scored five points and had three rebounds. Wright suffered an apparent
ankle injury early in the game and played only 23 minutes.
PROVIDENCE (47): Teya Wright 2-5 1-2 5, Lauren Okafor 2-2 0-0 4,
Alicia Cropper 0-6 0-0 0, Lola Wells 2-11 1-1 6, Rachel Barnes 7-12
0-0 16, Chandler McCabe 0-1 0-0 0, Danielle Pearson 0-0 0-0 0, Symone
Roberts 6-10 0-0 12, Tori Rule 1-3 0-0 2, Colleen Breslin 0-0 0-0 0,
Brianna Edwards 0-2 0-2 0, Alexis Harris 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 21-53 2-5
NOTRE DAME (66): Devereaux Peters 7-10 5-6 19, Skylar Diggins 7-9 4-7
19, Natalie Novosel 3-7 1-3 7, Brittany Mallory 0-4 0-0 0, Kayla
McBride 4-9 1-1 9, Whitney Holloway 0-0 1-2 1, Natalie Achonwa 2-7 2-2
6, Fraderica Miller 2-5 1-2 5, Kaila Turner 0-1 0-0 0, Markisha Wright
0-0 0-0 0, Ariel Braker 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-52 15-23 66.
Halftime -- Notre Dame 37-27. 3-Point Goals -- Providence 3-9 (Barnes
2-3, Wells 1-3, Rule 0-1, McCabe 0-1, Cropper 0-1), Notre Dame 1-5
(Diggins 1-1, Mallory 0-1, McBride 0-1, Novosel 0-2). Fouled Out --
None. Rebounds -- Providence 25 (Barnes 8), Notre Dame 41 (Peters 11).
Assists -- Providence 16 (Cropper, Wells 5), Notre Dame 16 (Diggins 7).
Total Fouls -- Providence 19, Notre Dame 11. A -- 8,543.
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