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

"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.