Seton Hall 33

(8-4, 0-1 Big East)

(6) Notre Dame 54

(12-1, 1-0 Big East)

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    HALL 14 1933
    #6ND 30 2454

    Notre Dame holds Seton Hall to season low

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Notre Dame's Jacqueline Batteast figures there must be an easier way to hold an opponent to 33 points.

    Seton Hall outrebounded Notre Dame (No. 4 ESPN/USA Today; No. 6 AP) 50-35 to get some extra scoring chances Sunday, but it didn't help. Batteast had 18 points and seven rebounds to lead the Irish to a 54-33 victory.

    "It would be a lot more fun playing the zone if we finished off by not having to play it three times" per possession, she said. "If we can rebound better, we'll be OK."

    It marked the fewest points allowed by the Irish (12-1) this season and fewest points scored this season by the Pirates, who had their six-game winning streak snapped.

    "I should have gone out and shot today," Seton Hall coach Phyllis Mangina said. "I can shoot better than my team."

    The Irish dominated inside, outscoring Seton Hall 26-6 in the paint. The Irish converted 24 Seton Hall turnovers into 20 points.

    "The past couple of games we've struggled to get easy baskets," said Megan Duffy, who added 10 points for Notre Dame. "It's fun to get those easy baskets and layups in transition."

    Notre Dame had eight turnovers, leading to just one point for Seton Hall.

    "We did a good job of shutting them down," Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said.

    Heta Korpivaara led Seton Hall (8-4) with seven points and Ashley Bush had six.

    Seton Hall simply couldn't penetrate Notre Dame's zone defense. During one span in the second half, the Pirates put up air balls on three consecutive possessions, two of them on 3-point attempts by Korpivaara and Asia Carroll.

    "When you get open shots you have to make them to loosen the zone up," Mangina said.

    The Pirates were just 3-of-13 from 3-point range.

    "We can't shoot those very well," she said.

    After falling behind 5-2 when Seton Hall made its first two shots, Notre Dame took control. Batteast scored on a steal and layup to begin a 26-7 run in which Seton Hall made just 2-of-21 shots.

    "We weren't shooting the ball well. But we kept running our stuff and didn't panic," McGraw said. "That's a sign of the maturity of this team."

    The Irish led 30-14 at halftime.

    The Pirates scored 36 points against North Carolina State on Dec. 2.

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